Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
(Disclaimer: I am a vet. I have never lived with a bulldog, just dealt with them in my clinic)
All of the bulldogs I have met have had good personalities. However...
All of them I have met have also had expensive to manage medical issues. Hypothyroidism, allergies to food and/or pollen and/or parasites, eye issues (cherry eye, ulcers, entropion), skin infections, excessive skin folds that require constant management or surgery to take off, sensitive stomachs +/- horrible gas, the need for special/expensive food, ear infections, dental infections/gum disease/bad breath/tooth loss, mast cell tumors, cancers in general, joint disease and arthritis, often compounded by owners allowing them to get fat, the inability to breath properly due to poor breeding practices (brachycephalic syndrome) leading to snoring, tiring easily, heat stroke, and potentially death.
In short, I don't recommend bulldogs to clients unless they are fully aware and have the savings and cash on hand to deal with the medical issues the dogs are very likely to have. Nice dogs, but humans have done them a huge disservice by breeding away from the powerful athletic dogs that they used to be when they were able to chase and grab a bull to these medical messes that people think are cute today.