May 27, 2008
Oprah is rebroadcasting her Puppy Mill Expose on May 29th on her
daytime show. It’s difficult to watch, but it really exposes
what goes on in puppy mills and what we can do to help stop
this kind of dog abuse.
If you are thinking of getting an English Bulldog puppy, here are a
few tips on how to avoid buying from a puppy mill type breeder.
Never buy a puppy from a pet store. It is most certainly of
Never buy from a kennel that offers different breeds of dogs. The
best bulldogs are going to come from individual breeders who
specialize in one breed.
Beware of internet sites, especially ones with big promises of
“Championship” lines – the truth is nearly every bulldog has a
championship dog in it’s history (even bulldogs that are not
purebred) – all this means is somewhere in the past there was some
Many reputable breeders have internet sites showcasing their
champion bulldogs,but there are certain characteristics that can
alert you to puppy mill sites.
Beware of sites that say “all our dogs are family raised” or some
similar line – internet puppy mills know what to say to entice you.
Beware of internet sites that look too pretty. Most quality
breeders are not into the internet and have pretty basic sites that
are not updated regularly with their puppies for sale. Their
puppies are sold long before they could even get them onto their
Beware of internet sites that say they will ship. Reputable
bulldog breeder will never ship their dogs.
Beware of breeders who don’t interview you personally. Reputable
breeders want to know where their puppies are going and may refuse
to sell to homes they feel are not appropriate for their dogs.
They also usually have a ‘surrender’ clause that states if you
decide to give up your dog, you will return it to them to
‘re-home’ in an appropriate home.
Beware of a bargain price. If a bulldog is for sale at a bargain
price, you will probably get an unhealthy or non-purebred bulldog.
Beware of any dogs that come from Pennsylvania. This state is
notorious for puppy mills and the deplorable conditions you see
on Oprah’s expose.
I know it’s hard to resist any bulldog puppy but if you follow
these guidelines you are far more apt to have a healthy bulldog.
Puppy mill owners DO NOT care about the quality of their dogs, they
are only interested in money. And we know bulldogs command big
money. They will breed their dogs as often as possible with no
care to the dog’s health or the quality of the puppies.
Reputable breeders are interested in preserving healthy
characteristics of the breed and will not breed any of their dogs
that show signs of genetic defects.
Ask for references from people who have purchased puppies from your
short list of breeders. Beware of breeders who will not give you
any references. Call people who have purchased from the breeder
and ask about the health of their dog. Unusual health problems
would be a big red flag.
English Bulldogs make wonderful pets, but you must be vigilant when
searching out a good breeder.
When searching for a bulldog breeder, consider visiting your
local Bulldog Specialty Show or contact your local chapter of the
Bulldog Club of America and get to know these folks.
Being cautious and thorough when buying a bulldog can make a huge
difference in the quality of life for your bulldog.
Bulldogs have a lot of health issues to begin with so it’s vitally
important that you start off with the best of the breed.
Your Bulldog Pal,