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Finding Your English BulldogDon’t be in a hurry to find a English Bulldog. It may take a little time. If you see a hand-some, well-behaved Bulldog on a walk with her owners, ask them where they got her. They may be able to recommend a local breeder.
Check out local English Bulldog clubs, too. You can find these on an Internet search. For example, type “Bulldog club + (your city and state)” into a search engine. Go to a club meeting or two and introduce yourself. When they learn you’re serious about finding a good pet and companion, they will be more than willing to help you.
Once you have a few referrals to some breeders or rescue groups, call and ask for an appointment. Some may prefer to talk on the phone, while others may wish to meet you face to face. Ask the breeder a few questions: How long have you been breeding? Do you show your dogs? What health screenings do you do before breeding your dogs? What kind of sales contract do you use when selling your dogs?
Ask the rescue group some questions, too: Where did the dogs come from? How much do you know about the dogs? Do the dogs stay in foster homes or a kennel? Are the dogs spayed or neutered? Vaccinated? Microchipped?
The breeder or rescue volunteer will ask you some questions, too. Don’t try to tell them what you think they want to hear; answer the questions honestly. Some questions might be: Have you owned a Bulldog before? Or any dog? If so, what happened to that dog? Where do you live? Do you own your own home? If not, will your landlord allow a English Bulldog? Is there a homeowners’ association that might forbid a Bulldog? Do you have a securely fenced yard? Will the Bulldog live in the house or out in the yard? The answers to these and other questions will determine whether the breeder or rescue volunteer will let you have a dog.

What Age?

Everyone loves puppies, right? Sure. But not everyone needs to live with a puppy or raise a puppy in order to have a great pet and companion. Sometimes the better choice may be an older puppy or an adult English Bulldog.
Bulldogs are good with children, but young, clumsy, untrained puppies and babies under 3 years are not a good combination. Neither is mature enough to comprehend the limitations of the other. If there are children under 3 years of age in your family, I suggest you look for a puppy at least 6 months old, or a young adult dog. It is not true that a pup must grow up with a child to accept the child. A little time and a little patience and even an older dog can be taught.
If you are busy, have some physical limitations, or are short of patience, you may want to consider an adult dog rather than a puppy. Puppies are cute and snuggly, but they require a great deal of supervision, socialization, training, and patience.

What Color?

You had your heart set on a white puppy, but there are no white puppies. Should you look further for the white puppy? If the only thing that’s preventing you from selecting one puppy from a litter is color, I suggest you pick the one who pleases you most in this particular litter.
Color really is not important, and soon you will have forgotten you ever wanted a white one as the brindle one (or the brown one or the red and white one) finds her way into your heart.

Male or Female English Bulldog?

Should you get a male or a female? Both sexes make equally good pets, and neutering the male or spaying the female prevents many problems as your English Bulldog grows older. So often it is a purely personal decision as to what sex to get. Many men prefer female dogs because they feel a stronger bond with a female, and many women prefer a male dog.
If possible, get to know a few Bulldogs before you make any decision and see if either sex appeals to you more. You may be surprised.

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