Short Face and Breathing. The short face causes many breathing difficulties for Bulldogs. They grunt, snort, slobber, and make all kinds of noises. Some cannot even walk without gasping for breath, most cannot run. When it is hot or humid, breathing is especially difficult and can lead to overexertion and overheating. While they don’t do well in hot weather, they also do not enjoy the cold weather. because of common occurrences of Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. Keeping a healthy weight is another way to keep airways more clear.
“Keeping a healthy weight is another way to keep airways more clear.”
Heart Disease and other Diseases. Other diseases include heart disease (Pulmonic Stenosis and others) as well as Hypothyroidism.
Irregular Body Proportions. Body proportions for Bulldogs, being heavy with short legs and a compact body type, cause limited capacity for activities. Stair climbing is hard, swimming is tough, and Bulldog puppies must be birthed through C-Section.
Eye Issues. Due to allergies, Bulldogs can have sensitive eyes. One common problem is cherry eyes, where the third eyelid or “nictitating membrane” is present in the eye that makes eyes red and can cause conjunctivitis and worse conditions.
Do you have an English Bulldog? Have you experienced any of these issues? Or any others? Please share your comment below!