Guide to Bulldog Health Problems and Issues
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"Due to purebred breeding practices, many bulldog health problems are now common. So much so, that this should be a major consideration for anyone considering the breed. The breed is the 6th most popular, even though many American and English bulldog health disorders exist. The flat or short faced head and other desirable traits lead to health issues that range from respiratory problems to anatomical and genetic issues that result in a relatively short lifespan.
While it is possible to have a healthy bulldog, the odds are low. This breed ranks number 2 for likelihood of death from an inherited disorder, and ranks number one for death due to respiratory disease. Future owners should absolutely buy pet health insurance since costly medical issues are common in this breed. Action is being taken by the UK Bulldog Kennel Club, which is now accepting a wider range of characteristics to give breeders greater flexibility. This is not the case in the U.S. where a more restrictive set of standards is used. Be prepared to spend between $5000 and $8000 over the lifetime of the dog, which can be offset with bulldog health insurance.
Note that many reputable breeders disagree with the assertion that the breed has medical issues, particularly if a breeder with an excellent reputation is used. Check with your breeder that the parents have been tested for several genetic health conditions as recommended by the Bulldog Club of America. These include tests for patellar luxation (kneecap problem), congenital heart disease and tracheal hypoplasia."