The English bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 and was one of England's most popular immigrants among Americans until the Beatles came along. The AKC dropped the word "English" from the official breed title, but some bulldog aficionados still refer to them that way.
Bulldog and Boxer at the Beach image by ilumus photography from Fotolia.com
Go to a dog show and make friends with the "bully" breeders. Breeders sometimes adopt a puppy under "breeders terms," which means you agree to raise the puppy and pay all her expenses as well as allow the dog to have (or contribute to) a litter of puppies. The breeder gets pick of that litter. After that, the dog is all yours. Some may charge a small fee, some may charge a refundable fee you reclaim after the pick of the litter has been chosen, and some may not charge a fee at all.
Portrait of an english bulldog, with a sad look. image by Gabriela from Fotolia.com
Volunteer to be a buddy for bulldogs. Virtually all breeds have rescue heroes who set up a network of foster homes. These organizations are always looking for foster moms and dads. Sometimes pregnant bulldogs, new moms with litters of puppies, or just litters of puppies will be surrendered to a shelter who will call bully rescue so they don't have the added expense of caring for this high-maintenance breed. If you are already in the foster network you will be the treasured volunteer who is first on the list to adopt a puppy.
Check pet adoption outlets such as Petfinder.org and the ASPCA national adoption database and leave your contact information at every shelter, veterinary clinic, groomer, dog sitter, pet-supply store and breed rescue network in case someone in the industry hears of a homeless or about-to-be-homeless bulldog puppy. Keep calling so you're foremost in their minds and will think of you right away when they hear of a bully puppy. You want them to say "Let's call that person who keeps calling us!" Don't worry if the puppy isn't near you; transport volunteers donate their time to drive adopted animals to new homes.
Also, use Facebook and other social media sites to let your friends and friends of friends know you are looking.
- Sometimes pet stores that sell puppies may have a puppy that hasn't been sold by the time he is three or four months old. Some managers would rather sell the puppy at a reduced rate than send him back to the breeder and/or puppy mill.
- Beware of Internet breeders selling puppies. You can expect to pay $250 or less for an adopted bulldog since that about covers the vaccination, sterilization and microchip for a dog in rescue. Any more than that and you are most likely dealing with a bulldog breeder or puppy mill.
Michelle A. Rivera is the author of many books and articles. She attended the University of Missouri Animal Cruelty School and is certified with the Florida Animal Control Association. She is the executive director of her own nonprofit, Animals 101, Inc. Rivera is an animal-assisted therapist, humane educator, former shelter manager, rescue volunteer coordinator, dog trainer and veterinary technician.