Adding a English Bulldog to your household should be a well-thought-out decision. You will be taking on the responsibility of a living, thinking, caring animal who will give you his heart. That’s a big responsibility.
A dog should never be acquired as an impulse. It’s always best to think through what is involved in owning a dog and be honest with yourself. So let’s take a look at dog ownership and see if you can do what is needed for any dog, and then we’ll look specifically at English Bulldogs.
- Do you have time for a dog? Dogs need your time for companionship, affection, play, and training. You cannot dash in the door, toss down some dog food, and leave again. That’s not fair, and the dog will react badly to it.
- Do you live in a place where dogs are allowed and welcome? If you rent your home, do you have permission from your landlord to have a dog? Not all neighborhoods are dog friendly, so make sure a dog will be wel¬come before you bring one home.
- Who, besides yourself, will be living with the dog? Is everyone in agreement to get a dog? If you want the dog but someone else in the household is afraid or doesn’t like the dog, the situation could become very difficult.
- Is there someone in the family who could have a hard time with the dog? Is there a baby in the house, someone who is very frail, or a senior citizen with poor balance? Dogs can be unaware of their strength and size, especially when they’re puppies.
- Do you have other pets in the household? Will your cat enjoy having a dog in the house? You may have to protect your rabbit, ferret, or gerbil from a rambunctious puppy.
- Have you lived with a dog before? Do you know what to expect? Really? Dogs can shed, drag in dirt and leaves from outside, catch and kill a rodent and then throw up the remains on the living room sofa.
- Do you have the money to care for a dog? Dogs need to be spayed or neutered, need vaccinations, and may hurt themselves, requiring emergency veterinary care. They’ll need regular vet checkups, too. Plus, you will need a dog crate, leash and collar, toys, and dog food.
English Bulldog ownership is wonderful. Dogs are the ultimate confidant and never reveal your secrets. They are security in a scary world and the best friend a person could have – but only if you are really ready for the responsibilities of caring for one.