1. First, read up on the English Bulldog breed. Research any inherent health problems associated with the particular pedigree, and make sure you can deal with all the intrinsic characteristics of the breed as well. For example, some lines are prone to respiratory problems more than others. Note, genetically all English bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems; however, it has been our experience that certain lines are more prone than others. The English Bulldog needs human assistance for breeding and today most breeding is performed via artificial insemination. Moreover, it is rare to have this breed free whelp; hence, the bitch will require a C-section.
2. Since 1983, we have only witnessed one bulldog to be very aggressive to humans. In General, the English Bulldog is a docile creature. However, they tend to be territorial while at home and I see that as part of their nature… “Watch dog”. If the dog is allowed to socialize with visitors to your home, it is a welcomed behavior. No one wants to be around an unsociable dog. Even introducing your postal carrier to your new puppy is a plus and may prevent your pet from being sprayed with mace in the future. Your main goal should be to choose the right breed for you and your life-style. So do the research. Please do not buy a pet on impulse without first doing your homework. Moreover, do yourself a favor and stay away from puppy mills, especially those that are constantly importing puppies from breeding farms. This advice is worth its weight in gold and if you do not believe us, wait until you see your vet bills.
3. Always, buy from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will guarantee the health of your puppy and allow time for you to take the puppy to your veterinarian. Reputable breeders also have knowledge when it comes to suggesting a good veterinarian. The breeder should provide you with a health history on the Sire and Damn and will be available to answer your questions even after the sale. Some do not volunteer this information; therefore, you need to be assertive and asks questions. Usually they will send you off with a puppy packet containing puppy food, a health record, dog club information, the puppy's favorite toy, and a pedigree along with pictures of Sire and Damn if they were not on the premises for inspection.
4. Ask your breeder for information on a local dog club in your area. Becoming a member of a local dog club will put you in contact with people who have a wealth of information on raising your bullie. If you have the luxury of joining the club before you buy the puppy, you will be in a better position to get to know the members of the club and will discover who the reputable breeders are within the club.
5. Also, as an added thought- try adopting an older dog from your local rescue organization. They will provide you with a history of the dog and will have taken care of any health issues. They will probably have spayed or neutered your pet, and will ask for a small donation in order to defray the cost of running the rescue operation.