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Before You Buy

Thinking about buying a dog and you've decided to purchase a bulldog? Owning a bulldog can be the beginning of many years of happiness as the special bond between humans and canines exceeds even the greatest of expectations. However, to ensure the best relationship with your dog, you must be prepared for some important responsibilities. Keep the following questions in mind as we go along.

    • First, do not be in a hurry to get a Bulldog puppy. Buying a puppy on impulse often leads to trouble down the road.
    • Have I found the right breed to fit into my lifestyle and home?
    • Will you have enough time to spend training a dog?
    • Am I willing to spend the resources to ensure the best future for a dog?

Selecting a Breeder:

    Buy your puppy from a responsible and well-respected breeder. This cannot be stressed enough. BCA strongly recommends you buy a bulldog ONLY from a breeder listed on BCA’s Breeder Directory. Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. For example, they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed. Once you select a breeder, screen the breeder. Ask to see at least one of the parents (the dam or the sire) of your puppy. See how the dogs in your breeder's home interact with your breeder. Are they friendly and outgoing or do they shy away? The responsible breeder will be screening you, too, looking for the best home for each puppy, asking a lot of questions about you and possibly requiring a home visit.

    Signs of a “good” Breeder


    • They talk to you and will ask you questions about your lifestyle and intentions before selling you a puppy.
    • They want you to come to their home & will show you how the puppies have been raised.
    • They may request the right to visit your home before the sale or after.
    • They will have the mother in the home and possibly the father.
    • They will be able to tell you about the ancestors and will supply you with a pedigree of the puppies at no extra charge.
    • They provide the AKC registration papers with no excuses about "delay in obtaining", and so on.
    • They tell you to call anytime if you have questions -- even long after you bring the pup home.
    • They belong to a breed club and follow a code of ethics.
    • They provide a contract with a written guarantee allowing you a refund of the purchase price if your veterinarian finds something wrong with the puppy soon after purchase.
    • They have breeding stock evaluated by a neutral party by entering their dogs in shows. Those who show their dogs are usually trying to breed the best dogs possible. This means best in health and temperament, as well as appearance.