Protocol for Breeding Healthy    Typical Bulldogs

To fulfill its mission of promoting the Bulldog and assuring that the breeds health and well being is maintained today and in the future, the Bulldog Breed Council has put together a protocol for Bulldog  breeders to help achieve and maintain those objectives.
Not all bulldogs are suitable as breeding stock .Although a breeder may hope to keep one or even two puppies from a litter, the majority will be sold or found new homes with families where they will become much loved pets and companions. Breeders have a moral responsibility to produce healthy active and happy pups fit by temperament and conformation.
Today’s breeder can use the Kennel Club’s MyKC and  Mate Select service that provides health related information about individual dogs and helps a breeder to look at the degree of inbreeding ,or inbreeding coefficient ,for puppies that could be produced from a hypothetical mating . They are also able to ascertain if dogs have been health tested through the Breed Council Health and Conformation Scheme as certified dogs are listed up to Gold level on the Breed Council website.
It is important that when a breeding is planned that both the male and female are not only typical of the breed but are proved to be healthy specimens and the following characteristics must be checked:

   1.TEMPERAMENT: A bulldog is known worldwide as a companion animal and for the past 140 years breeders have been carefully selecting those that do not show timidity or aggressive tendencies to maintain the breed’s trustworthy reputation  
  2.BREATHING : The standard requires wide open nostrils and a moderate length of neck. A bulldog used for breeding should be able to breathe freely and quietly without strained effort. Those that have had surgery to open nostrils or reduce soft palate tissue should not be bred
  3.EYES: Do not breed dogs that have obvious eye problems, excessive blinking, watering or have had surgery to correct these defects. Cherry eye should not be doubled up on.

  4.TAILS  : Dogs should have free movable tails. Do not breed from dogs that have had surgery to alter correct or remove their tail or those that have extremely tight or in growing tails. 

  5.MOVEMENT: Do not breed dogs that do not move freely without limping or show evidence of slipping patella.   
  6.SKIN: Ensure that skin is healthy free from dermatitis and does not have excessive folds and wrinkles. 
  7 HUU Status : All breeding stock should be tested their status noted and mated to avoid affected puppies

General Advice

Keep the breed’s best interest at heart if a dog has a known serious congenital defect, do not breed it.

Don’t be frightened of mating dogs that have obvious faults so long as they have compensating virtues but never breed two dogs with the same fault.

All dogs used for breeding should be health checked to the Bulldog Breed Council Health Scheme ,Bronze level  and further preferably .

Bulldogs should be bred within the recognised colours according to the Breed Standard .

The Kennel Club refuses to register Merle Bulldogs as they are known to have health issues within this breed .


The Breed Council have created a list of guidelines to help breeders using their dog at stud. This protocol has been put together as it has come to our attention that breed standard colour puppies are being registered along with their siblings who are CNR (colour not recognised). By following these simple steps, it will help you to avoid breeding CNR puppies, as the standard colour puppies within those litters will carry the CNR gene.

Recommended Stud Protocol

• Have your stud dog health checked by ONE of the Bulldog Recommended vets.
• Find out the HUU status of your stud dog.
• Participate in the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Confirmation Scheme.
• We recommend that prior to the mating, you get the bitches details, (Kennel Club registered name). With this information you can check the bitch’s pedigree on the Kennel Clubs MyKC ( Don’t just check one generation, go back further and also check the progeny as this includes colour).
• You can use the KC s Mate Select to check the co-efficiency of the proposed mating [ The annual Bulldog breed average is currently 8.4] Please note any overseas dogs may alter the accuracy of this calculation.
• Obtain the bitch’s owners full name and address.
​• Set out your stud terms and make sure you have a contract signed by both parties to include payment details at the time of the first mating.