Health FAQ

  • I've been breeding bulldogs for years my dogs are healthy, why should I get them tested ?

Its now the 21st Century and we are accountable to the Kennel Club and veterinary surgeons. As breeders The Kennel Club will support our breed if we are seen to be actively working on resolving the problems that are known to exist in some Bulldogs.  Prospective puppy buyers are much more health conscious nowadays and by testing your dogs you can be seen to have done everything possible to ensure you have healthy puppies. We do know, of course, that some conditions will not be apparent and there is always the possibility that something unforeseen can come through from earlier generations but we believe that participating in the health and conformation scheme is the way forward to improve what is visible in breeding stock.

  • Why aren't we using a current BVA scheme?

Because Bulldogs do not suffer from one condition to the exclusion of others, unlike some other breeds whose problems can be tested for an existing
schemes. For instance, a recent Breed Council Survey showed that Cherry Eye was the commonest problem encountered , not hip, eye or any other hereditary condition for which there is a current BVA scheme in other breeds . 

  • Why was the nose roll mentioned in the standard changes ?

The majority of bulldogs in this country are sold as pets with a very small percentage being exhibited. One criticism from European and other
Veterinary sources is that skin soreness and infections come from heavy wrinkles. Not everyone finds keeping these areas clean easy and dogs are
frequently presented at the vets with soreness especially in this area . If, as breeders, we are aware of this and try to breed out a 'huge over hanging nose roll' this can improve the comfort of bulldogs throughout their lives. Commonly and mistakenly people think this new wording in the standard was for keeping the nostrils unrestricted for breathing purposes however there is no evidence to show the nose roll adversely affects breathing.


  • Why are tails mentioned and the type recorded ?

In our 2006 Survey the Breed Council found that 75% of exhibited bulldogs had a screw or kinky tail ,some immobile. Ideally the perfect Bulldog should have a straight tail [see the standard] but there are very many variations of tail .We find that one of the most common problem with bulldogs is tail infections if the new owner isn't observant and diligent with cleaning  .The mode of inheritance of straight tails is not simple or easy, many two straight tail dogs can produce tight tails , no one at present ,has the answer to this but one must be aware of the need to breed for straighter tails, as in all breeds, any dog should have a tail and it should be mobile.

  • Can I use any Vet or must it be one from the Approved list ?

No, only vets who expressed an interest in Bulldogs are approached to do this assessment for us. We have negotiated a set price of £35 per dog assessment with all the listed vets and have tried to cover most of the country, however, if your own vet is 'bulldog friendly ' and you are more than what is considered a reasonable distance from an approved vet and can recommend a vet not on the list who is willing to participate  please complete the form here.

Please do not make Vets appointments before receiving your forms, lost in post or delayed sending out through circumstances beyond our control means that we cannot guarantee forms by return when ordered .