English Bulldog Health Problems Symptoms:
1) English Bulldogs are prone to hip dysplasia.
This means they have a tendency to develop hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the bones grow abnormally close together.
If not treated properly, it can lead to arthritis later on in life.
2) English bulls tend to get skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm.
These conditions may cause them to shed their fur prematurely.
3) English bulls are prone to eye infections such as conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, and cataracts.
4) English bulls suffer from heart disease which causes them to lose their ability to breathe easily due to congestive heart failure.
Heart failure is a condition when the heart cannot pump enough blood through your body. When this happens, your organs begin shutting down one after another until death occurs.
5) English bulls suffer from ear infections such as otitis media, tonsillitis, and sinus infection.
These conditions may cause them to lose their hearing or even permanently damage their ears.
6) English bulls are prone to skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanomas (skin tumors), and malignant melanocytic nevi (cancerous growths).
These cancers often spread throughout the body causing various types of pain and suffering.
7) English bulls get various types of worms and parasites such as pinworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, giardia, and coccidia.
8) English bulls are prone to heartworm which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
It causes severe lung and heart damage. The only way to get rid of it is to undergo a series of toxic treatments.
9) English bulls get cataracts which cause them to lose their vision.
10) English bulls suffer from infertility. It is impossible for them to reproduce.
Other things to note about the English bulldog:
1) Contrary to popular belief, they do not have a short snout.
It is only slightly shorter than other dogs in proportion to its head.
2) The wrinkled face of an English bull is the result of a genetic defect that causes them to be born with excess connective tissue.
3) Despite their bulky size, they are very friendly and people oriented.
Because of this quality, they do not make good guard dogs.
4) They have a short snout which makes it difficult for them to breathe.
This can be bothersome to the dog and the owner.
5) They have poorly developed vocal chords.
Instead of barking they snort, grunt, and snuffle.
6) The skin of an English bulldog tends to have a greasy feel to it.
Owners often have to bathe them weekly to prevent buildup of oils.
7) They are prone to getting skin cancer.
8) They are one of the oldest existing dog breeds.
Paintings of them can be found in ancient Egyptian tombs.
9) Many English bulldog puppies die before they reach maturity.
The ones that survive tend to have health problems during their adult years.
10) Due to a wide range of health problems, English bulldogs do not have a long life expectancy. The average life span is only 6-8 years.
11) They were once used as catch dogs for bulls. Their job was to latch onto the bull’s nose and not let go.
This is where the term “bulldog” comes from.
12) The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the English bulldog in 1885.
13) They are friendly, loving, and get along well with children.
14) They are the national dog of England.
15) Queen Elizabeth II owns one.
16) During World War II, an English bulldog called “Treue” served as the mascot for a German army division. He was accidentally left behind when his division was evacuated from Kalavryta, Greece and was adopted by the Greeks who thought he belonged to the British Army.
The Greeks later returned him when the war ended.
17) They are used as service dogs for people with allergies. When they come into contact with something that causes an allergic reaction, their owners get sick too.
18) The wrinkled face of an English bulldog makes it nearly impossible for them to breathe, reproduce, see, and even eat.
19) The snout is longer than the rest of the dog’s body.
20) The muzzle is pushed all the way to the bottom of the jaw.
21) Over 32 different types of genetic defects can cause an English bulldog’s face and head to look like this.
22) People have to choose whether they want a happy and healthy dog, or one that looks like an English bulldog.
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