Here’s a Little information for everyone who would like answers to the question most asked by buyers.
First off, Let me start by saying bulldogs are not dogs that live in the back yard and eat Alpo. These are house dogs , they do not do well in the heat nor do they do well in the freezing cold.
When it comes to breeding… when the female comes into heat she doesn’t get bred naturally by the male and 63 days later, I don’t come home to a pile of cash nursing on the mom and just have to wait 8 weeks for that tidy sum to mature so I can cash in. That’s what most people like to believe happens… But in reality in my 8 years of breeding bulldogs, I am yet to see one whelp naturally.
English bulldog breeders spend tens of thousands of dollars on the care and breeding of their dogs. Quality food, big vet bills, supplies, HEALTH TESTING…
When I have puppies they don’t leave my sight for the first 4 weeks… We are sleep deprived. Why? Because of broken sleep. I need to feed puppies every three hours, 7 days a week for 3 weeks, I bottle feed, I tube feed, I rotation feed. I invest myself completely into these tiny little lives to the point where I am so worn out, I sometimes get myself sick. We cancel our lives: vacations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays…I don’t make plans, I live day by day for the puppies. Everything is on hold when I have puppies.
It’s easy to imagine an English Bulldog breeder pairing a male and female Bulldog together and waiting for puppies to be born. Then simply selling those puppies for huge profits with little or no work involved, but there’s so much more that goes on concerning breeding Bulldogs. From start to finish there are hours upon hours of work and lost sleep put into breeding the female and raising her pups.
Once the female has gone into her heat cycle there are multiple tests that are needed to determine the right time for her to be bred. These Smear tests and Progesterone tests call for many trips to the veterinarian. Once she’s ready, she can be artificially inseminated either surgically or vaginally. A few weeks after breeding, the female gets her first ultrasound to confirm pregnancy . With the miles driven, time spent, and the high price for veterinarian services, the costs are already adding up. If there is indeed a confirmed pregnancy you have around 35 days to prepare for a litter of puppies.
Before giving birth to her pups, she is taken back to the veterinarian for an x-ray. This x-ray helps the doctor to determine just how many puppies are inside of her for an easier delivery. Around 63 days in the gestational period the pups are usually ready to be born.
Most people have heard that Bulldogs require a c-section for their puppies to be delivered, but they may not know why. Simply put, the traditional, vaginal birth is much too dangerous primarily because the puppies’ heads are too big to make it through the birth canal. If a puppy should get stuck while the mother is in labor it would result in almost certain death for at least one of the puppies if not all. What you may not have heard about the c-section is that it can cost much when completed by a professional and quality doctor. The c-section, from start to finish, usually takes a couple of hours. Your sent home with some absolutely gorgeous puppies and of course a huge bill, but looking at the newborn pups you know it’s more than worth it every time.
At home the battle begins! Imagine bringing home your own baby, but in this case there are two or more pups and their much more fragile than a human being. From the start the mother is still pretty well “knocked out” from her medication and often times she isn’t capable of feeding her babies, or even concerned with feeding herself for the first couple of days. In fact, in many cases, her puppies are the last thing she wants to see for the first day or two. Still, the puppies need fed every two hours even through the night and they’re almost completely helpless to feed on their own. Many times the babies have to be fed by bottle or even tube fed if they’re lacking the health or strength to eat on their own.
Mom can’t be left to feed the puppies without supervision because it’s very possible for her to step on their fragile bodies, almost surely killing them. The new pups need constant monitoring because they’re so susceptible to sickness and even death. For the first week it’s not uncommon to make a few trips back to the veterinarian for a sick puppy. Now you’re beginning to see why Bulldog puppies are so costly.
After a grueling three weeks, things start to get a bit easier. The puppies can finally be left alone with their Mother for short periods of time and the breeder can start to get back to normal life and regain some sanity .
At 6 weeks the puppies are ready for their first round of vaccinations and de-worming with the veterinarian and again 4 weeks after that. You don’t have to be a math scientist to know vet visits aren’t cheap! When all is said and done, the breeder has spent so much raising a litter of Bulldog puppies.
I’m not going to lie and say “we don’t make any money selling our pups”, but at times it’s completely possible to lose money on a litter of puppies just like anyone else lost their litter so sunken and heart broken.
For me our bulldogs are most definitely worth all the hard work and money spent! We adore our dogs and know we’re blessed beyond measure to have them as our pets!
I hope this group explains to you a little better just why Bulldog puppies are so expensive. You can be sure that if you decide to purchase a puppy through a reputable breeder who shows a true love for the Bulldog breed you’re money is going to be well spent.