So if you think you want a Bulldog (or any other dog for that matter), the best (and ONLY) thing to do is be patient, and be informed.

It sounds so simple, yet most people are not informed and not patient when they purchase a dog, and this can often lead to problems in the long (and short) term.

Remember to be patient, the bulldog you buy will become a member of your family for the next 10 or more years. Selecting this dog requires a great deal of thought.

Before going any further, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Do all members of the family want the dog, especially the one who is home the most ?
  2. Are you going to blame YOURSELF when you come home and the dog has destroyed everything. (If the dog is not trustworthy, it is your fault for not taking the proper precautions to PREVENT this from happening).
  3. Dogs are dirty and dogs shed, can you handle this ?

If you answered YES to all of the above, then maybe you are a candidate for getting a dog.

Many good documents have been written on the subject of getting a dog, and these are general enough to apply to Bulldogs, of course. The documents are available via the Web, and they are also available via the rtfm.mit.edu FAQ server or on news:rec.pets.dogs.info. ()

Here is a highlight of a few of the documents that are available:

Now finally to the question, “How do I find my Bulldog puppy/adult” ?

Be patient. Bulldogs are relatively rare and there are a number of unhealthy specimens which could enable your vet to retire early.

Read the getting a new dog FAQ on rpd.info. The description on how to obtain this FAQ are listed above.

Be patient.
Find a local Bulldog Club. Get a list of breeders and write them/phone them and ask them about their breeding program. (See questions below). If there is breeder in your area and you decide to visit them, take your checkbook and throw it in the fireplace. Start the fire and roast some marshmallows.

Repeat the mantra: “I’m patient, I’m patient I’m patient.” Repeat the other mantra: “ALL puppies are cute, even genetic misfits.”

Talk to lots of breeders.

Cost is a factor, but cost should be rather low on the list. Upfront cost is minor compared with how much even the most healthy dog costs in the long run. If you can’t afford it, do NOT get a dog.

Questions to ask your (potential) breeder (write down the answers, otherwise you’ll forget):

How long have they been breeding & how much experience they have with the breed (and how many litters have they produced)?

Why are they breeding, what are their short term goals and long term goals and what are they doing to approach those goals? Their goals should include health, temperament, and conformation to the breed standard. (Remember that a “Ch” title only relates to conformation).

What health problems have they had in dogs they have owned/sold, what ages have their dogs lived to (all their dogs, the minimum age and the average age NOT the one dog that lived until it was 13. If they say “we’ve never had any health problems” they are either lying or they don’t followup on their dogs. Find a new breeder)?

Have they done genetic testing applicable to the breed and what were the results to these tests (talking to several breeders will give you a feel for whether a breeder is being honest with you)?

Do they offer a health guarantee with the puppy, what are its terms, and what does it cover?

Are the pups to be AKC or CKC registered and what will they want from you — spay/neuter agreements, etc? Will you get to choose your pup or will it be chosen for you?

When are they expecting a litter that you could have a pup from?

References (other people that have bought their dog(s), vets, other breeders that are familiar with their dogs)

What are the terms of purchase ?

Will you own the dog outright?

Will you share ownership?

Do you have to breed and give puppies back?

Who pays the stud fee? Costs for the Litter?

What is the equivalent value of all of this?

Do you have to Show the dog? For how long? Who pays?

Do you have to neuter the dog?

Do you want to breed, and will the registration allow this?

Consider rescuing an adult Bulldog. There are a number of rescue organizations which provide foster care for Bulldogs and try to place them in new homes. Try contacting a rescue organization in your area .

And remember that all your newfound patience will come in handy when you obtain a new puppy or adult dog. Take the time to remove all chewable things from reach. On second thought, never mind; they’ll just chew on the baseboards and walls. Take the time to take out a home equity loan to pay for repairs; hide all of your dollhouses.