If you’re looking for a lovable, family-friendly dog, you might want to consider getting a White English Bulldog.
Their short size and cuddly personality make them suitable for a wide range of households.
However, there are a few things that you should know before you get this breed of dog. This will let you evaluate whether or not this will be a good fit for your family.
In this post, we’re going to be looking at all things White English Bulldogs. Including some general facts about personality and traits, some tips on training and how to set up your home, and an in-depth look at health issues and how to adequately care for them.
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White English Bulldog Appearance
Let’s start by talking about one of the most distinctive parts of this species. As the name suggests, the White English Bulldog is entirely white.
Often, there will be no other markings on their fur.
They tend to have a fairly short coat. They also tend to have some excess skins, which produces folds and wrinkles around their body.
This species is fairly short and squat, making them the perfect size for a lapdog.
White English Bulldog Costs
When you start looking for a breeder that sells the White English Bulldog, you’ll notice that they can be quite expensive. Depending on where you’re getting them from, you might be expected to pay $5,000 for a dog.
Though this seems like a lot of money, there are a few reasons why they might be so expensive.
First, the bulldogs tend to have very large heads. Because of this, it’s generally not possible for the females to give birth naturally.
So, the breeder will need to pay for a C-section. It can also take some careful breeding, to make sure that you get the white-colored fur.
If you don’t want to pay these high costs, you might want to try asking adoption agencies in the area about whether they have any White English Bulldogs available.
In most cases, you’ll be able to rehome from these organizations for a much lower price than buying from a breeder.
White English Bulldog Personality
The White English Bulldog is known for their loveable temperament. They enjoy cuddling up with your family members and spending time in your lap.
They also tend to be fairly docile and relaxed, making them very easy to handle.
They tend to play nicely with children. Though you might want to consider monitoring very young children when playing with a bulldog.
In some cases, they might pat them too heavily or fall onto the dog. This can accidentally hurt the animal.
Also, in some cases, the dog might form a strong bond with the children and become very protective of them. This means that they could act aggressively if they perceive someone as a threat, trying to protect the child.
It’s important to address this kind of behavior early.
They also tend to make a good watchdog. They can get very protective of their family, so if an intruder breaks into the house, they’ll be prepared to defend you.
Despite this, it’s rare for them to bark, making them a good choice for an apartment building.
However, they can be very messy. Because of the shape of their mouth, it’s common for them to drool. They also love to show their affection by licking you.
Also, they love to chew. This means that you’ll often find tooth marks in your furniture and clothes.
Training can help curb this behaviour. But the best technique is often to get them some toys, so they can chew without consequences.
Training A White English Bulldog
If you get a White English Bulldog, it’s essential that you start training from a young age. In some cases, they can get possessive of toys and food. If you try to take these away, they might growl or even bite.
This can be a potentially dangerous situation if you have very small children.
However, you’ll be able to address this behaviour during training. At dog training courses, you’ll be able to train them to stop these aggressive behaviours.
Often, you’ll need to personalize each of these techniques to find what will work best for your dog.
The White English Bulldog is fairly intelligent. As long as you set clear boundaries and establish yourself as the pack leader, they’ll listen to you and will be fairly easy to train.
Training Course for White English Bulldogs
Dog’s brains are like ours, their soft and malleable. This means they are always capable of moulding and changing to learn new habits and behaviours.
I’m assuming there’s at least one thing you wish your puppy would do differently (ok, let’s be honest, about 10 things!).
And with recent advances in neuroscience, we’re understanding that age really doesn’t matter for making changes in the brain. So in case you do, stop saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”!
And training your White English isn’t just about getting them to shake a paw or sit when you ask them to. It should be about making them more intelligent. A more intelligent dog will:
- be better behaved
- be more obedient
- learn new skills faster
- have a stronger bond
- have an increase in overall well-being
So if you’re a new pet parent to a puppy, or you’re just wanting to learn some new skills, I recommend embarking in some sort of training. Professional training, however, can be quite expensive and time-consuming.
White English Bulldog Exercise Requirements
It’ important to make sure that you’re meeting the requirements of the White English Bulldog. This will ensure that they don’t end up overweight.
It will also burn off some of their energy, making them less likely to chew up your house.
In most cases, they tend to have fairly low exercise requirements. They’ll often need to get between 20 to 40 minutes of activity per day.
Generally, this means that you’ll need to give them two short walks a day. If you have a backyard, you’ll be able to play a game with them each day.
The most important thing to remember is that you might want to avoid playing with them during the heat of the day. Because they have a short-nose, they can be prone to overheating.
History Of The White English Bulldog
The English Bulldog has a rather grisly history. Originally, they were bred for bull-baiting. This was once a popular sport. In this sport, a dog would face off with a bull.
The dog would be required to seize the bull around the nose.
When grabbed in this area, the bull would be so overcome with pain that they would no longer be able to attack effectively.
However, as you can probably imagine, not every dog was able to achieve this task, with many getting injured or killed as a result.
Because of how violent this sport was the British government outlawed it.
As a result, the breeders changed their approach. They tried to select the dogs that had the best temperament, making them a family dog. They did this by breeding them with Pugs and other well-natured species.
Today, very little of their fighting nature remains.
White English Bulldog Popularity
English Bulldogs continue to be one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Below is a list from the American Kennel Club’s 2019 registration statistics.
|German Shepherd Dogs||2|
|Pointers (German Shorthaired)||9|
|Pembroke Welsh Corgis||10|
Caring For The White English Bulldog
There are a few things that you’ll need to do to look after this species. First, you should take some steps to stop them from overheating.
For example, always making sure that they have access to water. You should also be giving them a place to relax, away from the heat of the sun.
Though they tend to be fairly low maintenance, there are a few grooming tasks that you’ll need to complete.
First, you’ll want to use an anti-bacterial wipe to clean in their folds.
The loose skin can trap bacteria. You might also want to trim their nails and brush their teeth.
You might also want to make sure that you’re taking care of their dental hygiene.
This can mean brushing their teeth or giving them a toy that they can chew on to clean their mouths.
To make grooming a little easier and a little more comfortable for them, you may want some doggie specific grooming items.
Getting a dog-specific shampoo is a great start, and there are also dog dryers to make drying after a bath a breeze.
If you’re looking to give your White English Bulldog a unique style, you can get some dog clippers as well!
While they might enjoy running around in a backyard, as long as you give them a walk each day, you’ll be burning off their energy.
This ensures that you’ll be able to keep them in an apartment building.
Finally, because of their cute looks and low exercise requirements, the White English Bulldog can often be prone to becoming overweight.
This can contribute to a range of health conditions. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you visit the vet frequently and make sure that you’re monitoring the amount of food that they’re getting.
Where To Keep A White English Bulldog
If you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen in love with this adorable breed. But, where’s the best place to keep them? For most people, there are two options, in an apartment or a house.
Let’s look at some of the things you need to do to keep your dog happy and healthy.
First, they might be thrilled to live in a house. A bigger backyard will give them plenty of space to explore. Even though you might have a large property, don’t expect them to venture too far away from you.
However, the White English Bulldog will be best suited to living in an apartment. The smaller space means that they’ll never be far away from you.
It’s also the perfect size to be in an apartment and their quiet nature means that you won’t need to deal with any complaints from the landlord.
Setting Up Your House/Apartment
Regardless of whether you own a house or an apartment, there are a few things that you should do to prepare the area for your White English Bulldog. First, make sure that your backyard is secure.
Your dog will want to spend all of its time with you.
However, it still won’t hurt to make sure that there’s no chance that they will get out of the property where their small size can put them at risk.
You might also want to take measures to prevent them from overheating.
It can often be a good idea to place a bowl of water on the floor, so they’ll be able to have a drink if they are getting too hot.
You will also need to get used to the signs that they are starting to overheat, making sure that you can take action early.
White English Bulldog Health Issues
|Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome||Common in animals with a pushed-in nose and shortened or “smooshed” faces. Can result in breathing problems, panting, an intolerance to exercise and difficulty eating.|
|Difficulty Breathing||Genetic abnormalities caused by selective breeding have a significant impact on an English Bulldog’s airways|
|Temperature Regulation||When there are issues with breathing and panting the stability to regulate temperature becomes impaired. Always avoid hot humid days and going outside.|
|Skin Problems||Skin infections and irritation such as eczema or bacterial infections|
|Bone and Joint Disease||Can result in Chondrodysplasia which is an abnormal growth in cartilage. This can, in turn, increase a dog’s likelihood of having bone and joint problems.|
|Eye Problems||Issues involving vision can become a problem in later age for English Bulldogs. Conditions like Cherry Eye is the enlargement and resultant prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid.|
|Head shakes||An uncontrollable vibration in the head and a vet is required immediately.|
|Allergies||Bulldogs are known to have some of the most allergies of any dog breed and they center around food allergies and skin allergies.|
|Thyroid and Heart Disease||Selective breeding can cause issues with these internal organs|
|Cancer||According to PetMD, Lymphoma is a “blood-borne cancer of lymphocytes, which are a specific type of white blood cell” and Bulldogs are susceptible to this.|
Dog Insurance for White English Bulldogs
Just like humans, dogs make bad decisions and find themselves hurt or injured, and the White English Bulldog is no different (no matter how smart they may be!)
And, unfortunately, just like humans, dogs can get sick with disease or illness. Trips to the vet should be included in your cost analysis when deciding on getting a dog.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to practice preventative healthcare. We discussed the risks with obesity, so making sure your dog is eating the right amount and exercising can do wonders for their health and vet bills when compared to sedentary dogs eating low-grade food.
Making sure there isn’t unnecessary wear and tear on your White English Bulldog’s joints can help improve their long term wellbeing as well.
If there’s a lot of getting in and out of cars or up and down heights day today it can be a good idea to invest in a dog ramp or dog stairs as well.
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Despite their grizzly history, the White English Bulldog is a social dog, who loves to spend time with their owners. Often, they’ll want to curl up in your lap or lie beside you on the couch.
They tend to be a good family dog, displaying their affectionate side with children. But you might want to make sure that you get them trained from a young age, so they’ll learn the boundaries.
So, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance dog that suitable for apartment living, consider getting the White English Bulldog.