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Info For Reputable Bulldog Breeder

Aimster
November 22nd, 2006, 09:11 PM
Hello,

My partner and I live in the London (Ont) area and we're looking for a good English Bulldog breeder. Within the next year we're trying to save up the money to get ourselves one. Any numbers or references that can be given would be appreciated. We're starting to do our research on the breed to prepare ourselves.

Thanks

erykah1310
November 22nd, 2006, 09:43 PM
Is it definately a puppy you are looking for?? Or would you consider a rescue?

Regardless here s a link to the CKC... I think you could start there?? Im not sure I have never done this.

http://www.ckc.ca/en/Default.aspx?tabid=113

Prin
November 22nd, 2006, 10:10 PM
Did you read the stickies about it?
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=18613

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=6081

LM1313
November 22nd, 2006, 11:12 PM
Good for you for doing research. :) Be especially careful with this breed because it's prone to MANY health problems. Also, start saving up money for eventual vet bills. (Better safe than . . . broke!)

LL1
November 22nd, 2006, 11:38 PM
I suggest rescue,doubt you could find a good breeder.

Esaunders
November 23rd, 2006, 07:36 AM
If you are looking for a pup, you might start by talking to Gail Neilson. She appeared in the Life Network show "Going to the Dogs" and was quite a good example of a good responsible breeder from what I saw.

She is adamant about follow-up, return of the dog if you cannot keep it for any reason, and VERY adamant about spaying/neutering and breeding a dog from her line without permission. (including a contract clause that stipulates a $10,000 fine if she finds out an animal purchased from her has been bred without permission, accidental or not)

I liked what I saw and she is very up front about bulldogs, the good, the bad & the heartbreak.

Here is the contact information from the Dogs in Canada Annual, I'm sure she could at the very least help steer you in the right direction, and responsible breeders often know about adults needing re-homing.

From the Dogs in Canada Annual:
Come-Pat-A-Bull Reg'd, Gail & Chris Neilson. Breeding the best to the best since 1972. Home of 'Driver,' BIS, BISS Ch Compatabull's Direct Drive, No 1 Bulldog in Canada 2000. Home of 'Rodney,' Multi BIS, BISS Can Am Ch Compatabull's Gettin Respect, No 1 Bulldog in Canada 1997, 1998 and 1999. Also, 'Reggie,' BIS, BISS Can Am Ch Bredt's Contender, No 1 Bulldog in Canada 1991, 1992. Puppies occasionally with written, two-year guarantee. Bulldogs are our love, not our living! 18276 Hwy 48, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0. (905-473-9111; e-mail: c.neilson@sympatico.ca; web site: www.comepatabull.com).

meb999
November 23rd, 2006, 09:33 AM
a few bullies in rescue : http://search.petfinder.com/search/search.cgi?action=1&pet.Breed=English+Bulldog&pet.Animal=Dog&exact=1&preview=1

Esaunders
November 23rd, 2006, 10:19 AM
This one is in London and looks lovely (french bulldog, SO cute)

http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7351839

OntarioGreys
November 23rd, 2006, 02:32 PM
I recommend researching any breeders and making sure they do genetic health testing. especially with the price that breeders are asking $1800 to $2500 that I have seen so far

You might have to submit an application to purchase to a breeder when a mating is planned , usually the best breeders have a prepurchase agreement before the pups are concieved, and normally these are people who breed show quality pups looking to improve the breed

By no means is this list meant good breeders just some that I found

http://www.rosehall-bulldog.com/

http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/workingdogs/bulldog_breeders.htm


And this is an example of breeders you would likely want to steer way clear of that list on puppy sites

http://www.getapuppy.ca/english-bulldog.html

A health guarantee alone without genetic testing of the parents means diddly squat,

Basically if you find a problem(depends on the problem and the wording of the contract for eg maybe worded a health defect that make the pup unsuitable as a pet- it depends on whose version is suitable , some people feel a deaf or blind dog is suitable as a pet, those another person may not feel that is the case especially after paying $2000 for a puppy) within a certain period of time they are agreeing to take the pup back and return your purchase price or replace with another puppy, any vet care you have provided and paid out is not covered, the other key some breeders rely on is your attachment to the pup, lets say at a 1 1/2 years old you find out the pup has a major heart defect or hip problems that will require surgery to fix are you going to want to give up a pup after owning it for 1 1/2 years(what if the breeder says they will euthanize it), and would you be willing to switch for another pup and trust the breeder when the one you have already has a major genetic defect.

Also make sure your understand the grooming needs or else you will be faced with costly vet visits, are you prepared for 20 minutes to half an hour for grooming everyday, are you going to be able to make arrangements for the dogs care should you need to go away for a week of two, a boarding kennel is not going to work out well with this type of breed, you will need likely a sitter who can continue the daily grooming instead.
Grooming:
You must be prepared to daily wipe the wrinkle and folds of your bully. Start as soon as you bring your pup home and get them accustomed to be thoroughly worked over from their eyes to under their tails. We recommend that you brush them out weekly and when they are blowing their coat, brush daily.

Aimster
November 23rd, 2006, 08:55 PM
Did you read the stickies about it?
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=18613

http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=6081

We read that first and took our notes.

We want to buy a purebred dog from a breeder first and then we plan on rescuing a dog or two.

I think I've heard of the one breeder that makes people sign contracts and does fines if the dog breeds on purpose or accidentally. I know the reasoning behind it but that seems a little too extreme but still a consideration if she's in the area.

Thank you for the great info so far!

Prin
November 23rd, 2006, 11:44 PM
Yeah, you definitely want a contract like that (where there's a follow up) but even bad breeders do that, so make sure they meet the rest of the criteria too... ;)

meb999
November 25th, 2006, 08:40 AM
I know the reasoning behind it but that seems a little too extreme but still a consideration if she's in the area.

Thank you for the great info so far!

Actually, that's something you want to look for in a good breeder (although, just because she has that clause in her contract doesn't automatically make her a good breeder)....you want someone who is aware of the pet-overpopulation problem and and doesn't want to add to it by letting her dogs get bred by a Back-Yard-Breeder.

Good luck, and please keep us posted! (especially if you find a breeder and she sends you pictures ;) )