Famous Bulldogs

A number of English Bulldogs 
have received worldwide publicity, and became real stars!

I will include the following V.I.B.’s
Very Important Bulldogs
in this blog:

• Celebrity Bulldog owners
• Bulldogs known for their skateboarding talents
• Bulldogs known for their performances on TV or in Movies

• Bulldogs known through a heroic deed
• Bulldogs known as the mascot of a sports club or business

Celebrity Bulldog owners

The English Bulldog is also a beloved pet
among the stars and celebrities.
Many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog as their pet.
Opposites attracts.

The bulldog seems to have
a calming and relaxing effect on their owners …
… or are the celebs the ones really being owned here?
Some of these celebrities
put their Bulldog in the spotlight
in such a way that
the bulldog itself is now a global star.

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A list of famous people owned by Bulldogs 😉


Ashlee Simpson

Chris Brown and his Bulldog Diamond

Gloria Estefan

Jason Aldean
Joe Jonas and his Bulldog Winstonjoe-jonas-winston-blue-bulldog

John Legend
John Legend knows that being a celeb
does not exclude you from the crazy things
you will do for your Bully. He even hosted
a wedding party for his two Bulldogs
I ♥ how the groom is
almost bursting out of his wedding suit 😀

Limp Bizkit

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit (Rockband)
has a bulldog named Bizkit.
Fred takes Bizkit everywhere he goes
and also comes along with the band on tour.

Louise Redknapp

Michael Jackson and his Bulldog Large in 1985

Ozzy Osbourne

Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz, singer, has a bulldog
who featured in the music video
The Take Over, The Breaks Over
and was also a ring bearer at their wedding


Pink (Singer)had a bulldog named Elvis,
that she got from Lisa Marie Presley,
daughter of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.

Tragically Elvis drowned in the pool.
Although Elvis was a good swimmer at one point he got in trouble.
Pink and her ex husband Carey Hart
have tried to resuscitate but to with no success.
Pink has a tattoo of Elvis on her arm.

Roger Whittaker

Sugar Ray


Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler (Actor) has three Bulldogs:
Matzoball, Meat Ball and Babu.
Meatball was his first Bulldog and was present
at his wedding as ring bearer in full costume.

Furthermore, Meat Ball also appeared
in the comedy movie Little Nicky.

Check out this video of Meatball having fun at the Beach.
Wait for the slip and roll! 😀

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and his Bulldog, Jacques.
Pitt says, “I’m a firm believer
Bulldog owners are kindred spirits.
Mostly because we can and will have
very serious conversations about
snorts, farts, shit consistency, crusty eyes,
crusty noses, puke, and various forms of gas
with other Bulldog owners.”

Danny Trejo

He might look tough on screen
but in real life Danny Trejo is a real softie
when it comes to animals and especially dogs

Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal,
Danny is all heart when it comes to caring for his animals,
promoting the vital importance of spay/neuter
and encouraging fans to adopt their pets from local shelters.

I do see a resemblance …

Dennis Quaid and his Bulldog Peaches

Drea de Matteo




Jeremy Piven and his Bulldog Blue
Jessica Biel

Johnny Vaughan

Kelly Packard

Lindsay Lohan

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon, had a bulldog named Frank Sinatra
and is now owned by a little puppy named Lou

Regina Hall

Sanaa Lathan

Shemar Moore
Actor from Criminal Minds, owns two English Bulldogs,
one named Shug and the other named Moe.

Tara Reid
tara reid bulldog

The Rock

Will Smith
Will Smith his Daughter Willow Smith
with their Bulldog Rockefeller



David Beckham

Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer, 
most decorated Olympian of all time 
and his Bulldog Herman

Valentino Rossi 

As said many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog.
Valentino Rossi is an excellent example.
Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle racer with several world titles and Grand Prix victories to his name,
making it one of the most successful motorcycle racers ever.
This is what he said in an interview about
his love for the English Bulldog.

Quote V. Rossie:
‘They say that dogs are the best friends of man.
Well, that’s right. I have two English bulldogs.
A boy and a girl, she called Cesare and Cecilia.
I have a special relationship with them,
sometimes I even talk to them.
When I see them, they always make me very happy.
Even in difficult times they have a very calming effect on me.’

In 2000 I suddenly thought: f*ck,
I need to have a dog.
By that time I did not have a dog for over almost ten years.
I’ve long looked for what kind of dog I would take.
There was one that made my friends house into a mess
and others were too large.
Eventually it became an English bulldog.

I drove to Reggio Emilia a famous breeder of these dogs
and I bought a boy, that I named Guido.
I had a special and intimate relationship with him.
For the love I pasted a sticker on my bike from him,
so he always was with me during the race.
I had Guido for over eight years,
unfortunately he didn’t live long due to heart failure.
Guido died last year, just before the race in Malaysia.

I had a very hard time, but luckily I was home when he died.
It would have been much heavier if I was not there,
so I could make him  one last salute.
I then went to Malaysia, where I raced home
and drove directly to Reggio Emilia.
I called the breeder and said I was coming.
I looked and found a boy and named him Cesare.
I also saw that he had a sister from the same litter.
I thought, f*ck, this time I just take two.

I’m glad I did because two dogs are better than one.
They both love to have a friend to play with.


Carol Gardner from Zelda Wisdom
Baggy Bulldogs

Paris Hilton (famous rich girl)

Truman Capote (writer)

Warren Harding (29th president of the USA)

White House kennel master Wilson Jackson
introduces Laddie Boy to Oh Boy, an English bulldog.
Oh Boy was given as a gift to Florence Harding
after she moved into the White House.

A lot of people think Winston Churchill (British Politician)
owned Bulldogs, in fact Sir Churchill owned Poodles.
Churchill got his nickname the Bulldog
for being very persistant and never giving up.

churchill bulldog

Skateboarding Bulldogs 

The English Bulldog is not known for its sportsmanship
but there is one sport in which they excel, skateboarding!

Across the world there are skateboarding Bulldogs
and some even became global celebrities by skating.
Some of the most famous skateboarding Bulldogs are
Tyson, Otto and Tillman.
These Bulldogs have a glorious sporting career behind them
and  are still skating.

The bulldog has a sort of natural aptitude for skateboarding,
they will not only stand on it and skate off
but also do turns and tricks
by moving their weight on the board,
just like human skaters do.

Otto the Bulldog living in Lima, Peru,
is recordholder in the guiness book of records
by setting the record for the longest human tunnel
traveled through by a dog skateboarder

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The Bulldogs in movies and on TV 

Jake and the Fatman (and Bulldog Max)
Jake and the Fatman is an American detective series
with William Conrad and Joe Penny.
The series ran from 1987 to 1992.

William Conrad played Jason Lochinvar “Fatman” McCabe,
a prosecutor. He is usually accompanied by his English bulldog Max.
He works with the younger detective Jake Styles (played by Joe Penny)
and assistant officer Derek Mitchell (Alan Campbell).

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Little Nicky

Little Nicky is a silly comedy.
Satan (Harvey Keitel) decides that his youngest son,
Nicky (Adam Sandler), should be ruler of the underworld.
His other two sons are blazing over there!

The two devils go to New York and then all hell breaks loose!
Nicky is the only one who can stop his brothers.
With the help of a talking bulldog he tries fervently to master
all the strange human habits, like eating, drinking and sleeping.
The faith of humanity lies in the hands
of a devil who behaves like an angel!

Shamsky rom Everybody Loves Raymond

From the Movie Leatherheads

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Bulldog Heroes

Napoleon the Bulldog

English Bulldogs are not known as good swimmers.
Because of their heavy build and short legs
they have to work extra hard to keep
their heads above the water.
Especially since Bulldogs are known as poor swimmers
that is what makes the following extra special:

A bulldog owner from Michigan USA
was walking his dog when his bulldog, Napoleon,
suddenly yank hard and started to run to a nearby lake.

The owner of Napoleon hurried after him
and he saw Napoleon coming back
from the water with something in his mouth.

In his mouth he seemed to have a kind of cloth bag.
Napoleon dragged the bag out of the water and  brought it to his boss.
His owner suddenly heard  soft meows coming from the bag.
It appeared that there were six kittens in the bag,
two of them unfortunately did not survive
but because of the heroic intervention of Napoleon
four kittens were rescued and they all found good homes.

Napoleon got several prizes for his heroic deed.

A video of Napoleon: Napoleon the Doghero -> Video 

Alfie the Bulldog

Martin Bolton with Bulldogs Mille (left) and Alfie

Businessman Martin Bolton, 33,
was out for his nightly walk near his home in Essex,
when a man holding a craft knife
tried to grab one of his pedigree bulldogs.

Mr Bolton was slashed a dozen times
on the arm and leg as he fought off the robber
and believes he would have been killed
if his three-year-old dog Alfie
had not sunk his teeth into the man’s leg.

“It was horrendous,” Mr Bolton said.
He slashed at me and my older dog Alfie
just went mad and grabbed his leg
and the robber fell to the floor.

“Alfie is the quiet one,
he doesn’t bark and is so placid and gentle.
He has never done anything like that before,
he saved me, I dread to think what would have happened
if Alfie hadn’t bit him. I think it was just instinct,
he was protecting his owner.”

The robber fled in a scruffy white Transit van
with an accomplice and Mr Bolton crouched into a ditch
with his dogs until the police arrived.

He was treated in hospital for a broken finger,
a dozen cuts and slashes to his arms and his leg.

Mr Bolton, who runs a family engineering company
and has three young children, added:
“It all happened so quickly, I didn’t realise
I had been cut until I saw the blood on my hands.
My trousers were slashed to piece and my white jumper
was covered in blood.
I was worried the dogs had been cut.”

He believes the robbers may have been
laying in wait for his nightly walk
so they could snatch his £4,000 pedigree dogs,
Alfie, and 18-month-old Millie.

Alfie was awarded for his bravery
with a t-bone steak.

The dog may hold the key to catching the robber
Police have taken a sample of what they believe
to be the assailant’s blood from his mouth.

Mr Bolton, who was given two police commendations
for helping detain a man who was attacking a female police officer,
said: “We moved away from London to get away from things like this,
to keep the children away from knife crime and stabbing.
I cannot believe something like this has happened here.”

Roxanne the Bulldog

An English Bulldog named Roxanne
saved her family from a blazing fire.
The fire was believed to have started in an office
on the first floor of the family home.

Roxanne began barking around 1:30am as the fire began.
Kevin Herlihy, the 24-year-old son of Susan and Michael,
had been in bed with Roxanne when the whole thing started.

Kevin, Susan and Michael Herlihy are all alive and well today,
thanks to some quick thinking by Roxanne their English bulldog.
As a fire broke out in their home while they slept,
Roxanne was awakened by it
and managed to bark her warning out,
waking everyone up and managing to get everyone,
including herself out safely.

When Kevin awoke to Roxanne barking her little head off,
he noticed the blaze was really beginning to pick up speed.
He knew time was short, and thanks to Roxanne,
was able to get everyone out safely.
No one was injured in the fire.

The blaze grew so big, it took almost 50 firefighters
and seven fire trucks to get things under control.
Way to go Roxanne!

The Bulldog mascots

The Bulldog is known to most people,
usually they remember the funny and striking appearance.
The Bulldog as a breed is a symbol of strength and perseverance.
This is one of the reasons why the bulldog became
a mascot or symbol of one of many brands, sports teams, etc.

Below some of these famous Bulldog mascots and logos.

Blue II & III, the mascot of Butler University

Bully the mascot of Mississippi State University

Handsome Dan from the Yale University

Some more info on all the Handsome Dan’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Dan

Jack the Bulldog mascot of the Georgetown University

Uga the Bulldog, the mascot of the Univeristy of Georgia
Uga is one of the world’s most famous Bulldog mascots.
He has starred on the cover of the Sports Illustrated
and has played a supporting role
in the movie Midnight in the Garden with Clint Eastwood.
He made himself extra popular with the fans
when he stood at the sideline and ran on the field
to tackle a member of the opposing team.

Tupper the official mascot to Bryant University in Smithfield

You can find Tupper on Twitter: @BryantTuppy

The English Bulldog is the mascot and logo of the U.S. Marine Corps

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Since 1922, the United States Marine Corps
has used Bulldogs as its official mascots.

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
introduced the first Marine mascot, named “Pvt Jiggs,”
who lived at Marine Barracks, Quantico.
He quickly rose in the ranks to Sergeant Major.
He was the first in a series of Bulldog mascots.

The current mascot is the 16th, in a series of mascots
and is named “Chesty” in honor of famed
Marine Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Jr.
This Bully lives at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.,
where he appears in weekly parades.

But there are stories even before 1922
stating the Marine was using the Bulldog as it’s mascot
dating back somewhere in the start of the 1st world war.
Where Americans were fighting the Germans
and where the marines with grea fighting spirits
were soon described as Bulldogs.

The first unofficial mascot was King Bulwark.
He was an English Bulldog pup sired by Rob Roy,
another well known and famous English Bulldog.

King Bulwarks, born May 22, 1922, changed his name
and the pup’s royal registered name was quickly changed to Jiggs.
Private Jiggs was enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
at a formal ceremony on October 14, 1922
by Brigadier General Smedley Butler.

Jiggs quickly rose through the ranks.
His promotion to corporal
came less than three weeks after his enlistment.
On New Year’s Day 1924, he was given the rank of Sergeant,
and promoted to Sergeant Major in July 1924.

Jiggs was kind of a rebel.
He was court-martialed several times
for lack of proper manners, but he was always forgiven
and his rank reinstated.
The pampered pooch lived his life in the limelight,
even starring with Lon Chaney in the 1926 movie, “Tell It To the Marines.”

In 1927 Jiggs passed away and many Bulldog mascots
would follow in his pawprints.
Jiggs was burried with full military honors
and was mourned thoughout the Marine corps.

Since 1957, new mascots were named Chesty,
a tribute to Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, Jr.,
the most decorated Marine in history
who earned five Navy Crosses
throughout his military career.

On July 5, 1957 the first Chesty,
decked out in specially made Dress Blues,
made his first public appearance
at the very first Friday Evening Parade
at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC
and immediately won the hearts of the media.

The official Marine Corps motto is:
Semper Fidelis (Semper Fi)
meaning Always Faithful.
The English Bulldog is loyal, tenacious, resolute and faithful,
with a never give up attitude, which is why
the Bulldog is the perfect mascot for the Marine Corps.

President Obama greeting Tillman as the Marine Mascot.

Chesty the new Marine Corps Mascot

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Naming Your Dog


Choosing the best name for your dog is a very important decision for new dog owners. In fact, it may one of the most important decisions a new dog owner makes. The 1st thing that most people ask when meeting you and your dog is “What’s your dog’s name?” How people respond to your dog will be linked with the name that you choose. So, as with naming children, great care should be taken when giving your pooch a name. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to pick a name for your Dog.

  • Avoid names that are longer than a couple syllables, as these will be harder to call out as well as harder for your animal to recognize. If you do choose a long name, consider giving your pet a nickname. If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
  • If you have more than one pet, try to allow their names to match, like Laurel & Hardy, Benson and Hedges, Bonnie and Clyde, Abbott and Costello. You can also use phrases like Sugar and Spice or Peanut Butter and Jelly.
  • Unless you are especially attached to a certain dog name, avoid choosing one of the most popular names. You will run into other dogs with your dog’s name and it could lead to some confusion at the dog park or vet’s office. The names Bella, Bailey, Max, Molly, Lola and Buddy are just a few of the most popular names
  • Consider your dog’s appearance and personality. You can choose a descriptive name like “Dottie” for a Dalmatian, “Shorty” for a Dachshund, or “Happy” for a jovial mutt, but this has been done many times before. On the other hand, it can be cute to pick a name that describes the opposite of your dog, such as “Tiny” for a Mastiff or “Attila” for a little Yorkie. Also a very active dog can be called comet or dash, a very lazy or slow dog can be called Turtle
  • Some people like to name their dogs after famous celebrities or historical figures. For instance, a classical music lover might name a dog Brahms or Mozart. Sports fans might pick the first or last names of their favorite players. Literature enthusiasts might name a dog after a favorite author.
  • Another fun idea, if you like the idea of a theme, is to name your dog (or dogs) after something you enjoy. Wine enthusiasts might consider names Merlot. Scientists could name their dogs after chemical elements.
  • No matter what you name your dog, make it a name that you like and one that your dog responds well to. As long as you are pleased with the name, who really cares if it’s highly unusual or incredibly popular? After all, your dog doesn’t know the difference.
  • You might get the idea for a name because reminds you of a certain place, incident or item. For instance, a dog found as a stray puppy at The Home Depot might be named “Depot.” A dog born or adopted in the spring can be called Blossom.
  • For dogs avoid names that sound like the standard commands of No, Stay, Sit, Come, Down or Fetch. For example “Joe” is probably too close to “No”. It can be difficult for dogs to tell the difference between similar sounding words.
  • The name you choose says as much about you as it does about your dog. It shows how you view your dog and your relationship with it. Some names can cause people to judge a dog and react positively or negatively when hearing it. Think about that before calling your pitbull Killer you might rob your dog of a lot of socializing with other pets and owners. Names with negative connotations (“Killer, Fang, etc”) should be avoided, as they can put your dog at an immediate disadvantage. Consciously or unconsciously people often respond to negative names negatively and you might needlessly damage your dog’s reputation. So when choosing the right name for your dog, think positive!

I myself have two Bulldogs now. One is Called James Hond 007 and the other is called Ms Bean. Both English Bulldogs I was thinking they should have typical English Names aswell. I combined that with the personality of both dogs and came up with these names. James as a puppy was a real explorer and adventurer so I named him after James Bond, Hond is dutch for Dog. Ms Bean always had that funny “smart” look that made everyone laugh so she became the female version of the famous tv persona Mr Bean. Before I had Bulldogs with the names: Baggy (named after loose clothes/loose skin), Bulldozer (got her name after chewing trough a door for extra food, where theres food there is a way), Twister (always rolling and swirling around) and Botox (one of the most wrinkley puppies ever). It’s always gives a laugh when their names are called out at the Vets;) Here are some more name suggestions for your dogs, if you like to add a dogs name to the list just tweet @baggybulldogs or post on Facebook.

I devided the names in Male, Female and Couples. Off course some names fith both male and female dogs.

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                 James Hond 007                                                     Ms Bean

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Choosing a Bulldog Breeder

When you have decided to bring a puppy into your home it is very important to be a well prepared dogowner and that includes choosing the breeder of your puppy with great care.  When looking for an English Bulldog puppy you need to be sure that you find a reputable English Bulldog breeder. English Bulldogs are a very expensive breed, unfortunately this also attracts the wrong kind of breeders.
There are a lot of breeders, if not most of them, who are just there to make a profit on these dogs with minimal care and costs.

Now most people know about puppymills. But don’t be fooled, a lot of price winning, high rated breeders with champion dogs are no different. A lot of these breeders keep the dogs in kennels outside. They get five to ten female dogs, let them have puppies three times and than dump the female dogs online or in pounds or shelters. I know this from experience since I adopted several female bulldogs that were used for breeding in this way. Most of these dogs never get to go outside their kennels, don’t get to interact with other dogs or animals and don’t get the love and guidance from a human they need. Now every breeder will tell you that their dogs go for daily walks, stay all day inhouse and only sleep in the kennels, which is in most cases, not true.

Here are some tips to find a good breeder

There are several things you need to look for when you are researching an English bulldog breeder. First off, the best way decide who to choose is by looking locally. Before you make an appointment to go visit, do some webresearch about this breeder.  You’ll be amazed how much you can find about breeders by googling the kennelname, adress and the owners name(s). Make sure to also google the adress, bad breeders quite often change names. Also ask around on forums about the kennel, a good breeder won’t mind and will only applaud you for being carefull and wellinformed before choosing your puppy. If they have a website what are the topics, a lot of kennelsites are just advertising for the puppies and stud dogs. In my personal opinion a website does say a lot about the kennel. When they have no personal information about themselves or even the dogs, breed several dog breeds, have no pictures of the dogs outside (only in kennels or shows) these are all serious warning signs.

When the websearch had a good result make an appointment to visit the breeder.
A good breeder will show you the paperwork and documentation proving that both the male and female are pure bred dogs. They can also show you the documentation of the veterinarian to show that both dogs had all their shots etc.

Your visit to the breeder is an opportunity to get to know the dogs, the breeder and to get all the information you need before making that big decision. You can get to know the dogs before you commit to purchasing one of the puppies.

Trick Question:

Look at the picture above and let’s say for example the three dogs on the left are female and the others are male. Which one would you choose? Of course you can not choose a dog from a photo! But when you ask yourself that question, several  other questions come to mind. What gender, what color, what size etc. Make sure that before you make a visit to a breeder you make a list of your criteria and include the whole family. This way, when you go to visit you are a 100% sure what to look for. All those puppies are so darn cute and adorabull, so beware when you are going, you want to take them all. So before emotions take over make sure to make a list, so you make a thought-out choice. Keep in mind a breeder will recommend a certain puppy for you. Even when you have a good connection with the breeder make sure to make your own decision! A breeder has other interests in mind: how many dogs have reservations, which dogs will go to other breeders (and go to show and maybe win prices which will be free advertising for their kennel), female dogs are favorited so they will try to find homes for the males first, etc. etc.

Questions you need to ask the breeder

  • How long have they been breeding dogs? What are their motives?
  • What is their daily routine? How many times do the dogs get to go outside?
  • What kind of food are they giving the dogs? Is it a hobby or do they have jobs aside?
  • Did they breed other dogbreeds aswell? If yes, beware it might be a fashion breeder (a dogbreeder who does not specialize in one breed and breeds whatsever wanted and most profitable)
  • When there are no older dogs around, ask the breeder what they do with their female dogs who cant give any more litters?
  • Did they study the breed and if yes, how?
  • Ask what diseases and viruses they vaccinate for
  • Ask when the puppies are ready to leave thes nest? I think eight or preferably nine weeks. If a breeder weans too early, I suggest that you look elsewhere.
  • Always ask if one of the dogs hereditary medical problems? And ask what they define as hereditary medical problems.
  • Make sure to ask about bulldog breed related health problems like cherry eyes, or problems with their breathing, skinproblems and allergies.
  • Aks about the possibility of your puppy getting sick. At what age and under what conditions will they cover the medical costs?
  • You will want to know how often the same female is bred. In some countries there are laws to prevent using the same female dog over and over again. Here in the Netherlands the maximum amount of litters per female dog is three.
  • How and when will you pick your puppy? Is there a waitinglist or picking order? What if they have reservations for 3 females and they only have one etc.
  • Aks the simple question why you should buy a puppy with them and not another breeder

You want to make sure that the English bulldog breeder is willing to offer you some sort of guarantee or paperwork on the health not only of the parents but of the babies as well. You want to make sure that they can verify the health of their puppies. You don’t want to pay all that money only to find that the little puppy is sick and will have medical problems later in life.

To Do’s on your visit

  • Check out the health of the dogs in general (not only mom and dad). Is their overall look clean and healthy? You don’t have to be a veterinarian to get an overall look. Check for clean eyes and ears, clean skin, no dirty wrinkels etc.
  • Check out the home of the breeder, is this a place where the dogs seem to be most of the time or are they more likely to be in the kennels all day? A good way to check if the dogs are being walked is checking their paws if the paws are soft ( the paws of a dog that walks every day feel like sandpaper)
  • If the dogs are kept in kennels, how do they look? Do they have good shelter, clean water, toys etc?
  • Ask the breeder if you can walk one of the dogs (preferably the parentdogs but if the female is pregnant for a while thats not an option) Walking the dogs is the best way to find out if the dogs have good endurance and don’t have any breathing problems. A good breeder won’t mind a 15 minute walk with you and their dogs and will give you a good representation of the dogs overall health.

A Good Breeder

In my opinion a good breeder:

  • Breeds 1st on Health, 2nd on Character and 3rd on Looks, unfortunately with most breeders it’s exactly the other way around
  • Studied the breed extensevily, owning a breed for several years does not automaticly make you a bulldog expert
  • Keeps their dogs like family which means (mostly) inhouse
  • Even when kept in kennels the dogs get to go outside for a walk every day (not on some playfield besides their kennels but really explore)
  • Knows the pro’s and con’s of the breed and will inform the future owners about both
  • Will want to know a lot about you, your livingsituation etc. Don’t think of this as intruding, infact this is exactly what you want. This shows the breeder wants to find good homes and is not looking for the highest bidder but the best home.
  • Will provide all the papers when you get to take your puppy home (when they say they will send it later, beware!)
  • Will vacinate and deworm your puppy
  • Will prepare future owners with all the information needed, about health, food, housebreaking, training etc.
  • Most important a good breeder is an honest and loving person, this sometimes means saying no to people who want to buy a puppy but are not fit to be puppy parents, this means compensate medical care when the problems are hereditary and most of all this means caring for your dogs like they are family not possesions.

When you think about getting a dog, have you considered a rescue dog?
There is nothing wrong with buying a puppy from a good breeder of course, but there are also a lot of Bulldogs in shelters or even deathcenters waiting for someone to take them home. Even puppies end up in shelters and rescues so when looking for breeders online you might want to check out some local rescues and shelters aswell.

If you have any questions or suggestions on this blog,
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Bulldog Rescues and Animal Shelters

A list of Bulldog Rescue Organisation, Animal Shelters and other Animal Welfare organisations.

Bulldog Rescue Organisations









Animal Welfare Organisations

http://www.dogstarfoundation.com a website to improve the life of dogs in Sri Lanka
http://www.petfinder.com/index.html a website to find all sorts of pets in need of a home

If you like to add a Rescue Group, Animal Shelter or Animal Welfare organisation,  please mail the following information (website, catagory, contactinformation) to baggybulldogs@gmail.com

How to Transform your Rescue Dog


How to Rescue a Dog from a Shelter or Pound

All the dog rescue centers, shelters and pounds are full of excellent, loving, but often misunderstood dogs. This does not mean that they are all well behaved and socialized. Allthough some dogs might end up in shelters or pounds because of their behavioral issues, in most cases the dogs are perfectly fine pets. When you ask people why they prefer getting a puppy instead of adopting a dog, the number one reason is that they don’t want to adopt somebody elses problem or mistake.

But in most cases, the reason why the dogs end up in rescues and shelters is not because of the dog.  It’s actually because of the previous owner(s). Some of the most common reasons for putting a dog up for adoption are: moving to a new place which doesn’t allow dogs, can’t take care of the dog any longer due to financial issues, and broken relationships. So in most cases, it is not the dogs fault they ended up in a shelter, rescue or pound.

Getting a dog should be a happy and joyful event.  No one wants to start off with solving problems.  But there are also challenges with getting a new puppy.  Here are some examples:  a puppy is not housebroken; they might chew on your furniture and valuables; they are untrained and still has to learn everything (basic commands like sit and stay, walking on the leash, etc.).  Alternatively, most dogs in shelters come from a home and are already housebroken and know basic commands.  What they really need is more guidance than training.

The most common reasons for a dog to develop behavioral problems is a lack of exercise or a lack of leadership. The good news is, since dogs live in the moment, it is absolutely possible to take an older dog and start over as if it is the first day of the rest of its life. If you do it right, you will see a totally different dog.

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Important Decisions

In order to make your dog adoption a more informed decision and less of an emotional one, its important to make a list of important requirements before taking the trip to the shelter. One of the first, and most important things you should do when you are considering adopting a dog is to find the right breed of dog for yourself. This part is often skipped by well intended but unknowing dog owners. Not every dog and not every breed is a right match for your family.

Make a list of characteristics you would like your dog to have. Some things you might take in consideration; do you want a small or larger dog breed, a short or long coated dog, is it a child friendly and social breed, is it fit as a guard dog, how much daily exercise do they need, and so on . Choose a couple of breeds that you like and study their characters and their breed specific problems. This way, when you get to the pound, or shelter, you have a general idea of what a wide variety of breeds are like. You also need to decide if you want a male or female dog. This is especially important when you already have a dog at home and adding another one to the family. There are two important things you need to check when deciding a dog breed for your family. You should look for (1) the dog’s energy level, and (2) the dog’s level of dominancy. By studying a wide variety of breeds before you get to the pound or shelter, you should be able to make a more educated guess as to what type of dog will work for you, even with the mixed breeds. When you have a general idea of what types of dogs will work for you and everyone in the house is in agreement about adopting a dog, it is time to start looking for your new family member.

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Do not think that you need to come home with a dog on the first day. If you choose poorly and bring home a dog that does not match your family, you may hurt the dog you are trying to save more than you are helping it. Dogs that are repeatedly returned to the pound have a higher rate of being killed! Take your time and choose wisely.

SizeLarge, medium, or small dog? Keep in mind size does not necessarily designate space required or energy level.
BreedPurebred? Mix? If a purebred is desired, make sure ALL breed traits are researched
Male or FemaleThink about spay or neutering your dog and if you have a preference for either a male or female dog.
When you already have a dog this choice is more important. With two dogs of the same sex the chance there will be dominance issues will be a little bigger. This is not a reason to not do take in a dog of the same sex but you will have to consider this when deciding this. In these cases always have a meet up with your dog and the dog that you want to adopt. Some shelters give you the opportunity to take a dog home for a few days so you can evaluate how the dogs will get along.
Activity LevelA calm and maybe older dog, or a hig level energy dog to go hiking with?
AgePuppy, adult or senior dog? Most dogs find their way to shelters between the ages of 6 months and 1 year of age, their adolescence. At this time the dog will try to test the owners and its bounderies. they will misbehave more during that time period. Adult dogs can also come to you with excess baggage of behavior problems from their previous life, but usually they can be worked through. Seniors can sometimes have age related health or behavior problems, but can be a wonderful laid back companion.
CoatLong, short, one that will require grooming/shaving?

Going to the Pound/Shelter

When looking for your dog, remember, most of these animals were someone’s pet once and now are in a closed environment, with almost no human contact. There are also dogs that were strays and never knew a loving home, a gentle touch or human. So a dog your passing by that is shiffering in the back of the cage might be that cuddly loyal dog you always wanted! Give a dog the chance to show its real character!

A dog showing fear or aggression in the cage between the barking dogs and people passing by might react totally different when taken out for a walk or in another room. I suggest to sit in front of the cage for awhile, facing sideways, not interacting with the dog, just to evaluate the dog and also to give the dog a chance to smell you and to let him evaluate you as well. You will find out that when you sit down with most fearful or aggressive dogs and you ignore and evaluate the behavior,  they will be starting to do the same, evaluating you. By doing this, they are calming down and there is room for interaction.

Even though you made the list and are pretty confident that you know what you are looking for, take the list with you when you go! You might go there with the intention of a small or medium sized calm dog and come home with a large active dog just beacuse he had that cute spot on his eye and he wiggled his butt so cute. Don’t let your emotions take over! Make the right decision for you, your family and the dog.

Give a Dog a Real Chance! See what a little time, patience and trust can do..

Questions to Ask

When at the shelter ask the people who work there for information about the dogs you like. Some questions you might ask;

  • What is the background of the dog (was it a stray or did the former owner gave the dog up, if so what was the reason?)
  • What can they tell you aout the interaction with other dogs
  • Was the dog ever aggresive towards any of the employees
  • Did the behavior of the dog change since it arrived at the shelter and if so, is it in a positive or negative way?
  • Tell the employees what you are looking for in a dog and tell them which dogs you are considering for adoption
  • Try to ask more than one employee, everybody has his or hers own insights and by asking some more this might fill in some blanks/doubts you might still have
  • Most pounds and shelters do a general test for temperament so be sure to ask if the dog did a test, and if so, what kind of tests and how did he do?

Try to get some alone time with the dog your want to adopt. Most shelters and rescues will let you walk them in a nearby field, or they will have a playroom where you can spend some quality time with your dog in calmer environment. Let the whole family meet the dog, one by one.  When you have made your decision, bring the dog back and get the list you brought along. It is important to review all the requirements you previously wrote down and evaluate how your dog scored. If your dog does not fit most of the items you listed as important, you are making an emotional decision. Remember, when you base your choice on looks (he’s so fluffy, he looked like the dog my parents had, or those funny big ears) or on the moment (he licked my face, that funny walk or he was so playful) you might end up hurting the dog instead of helping it. So make a wise decision, be prepared and take your time.

Dog Adoption Rescue Myths and Facts

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Bringing Your Dog Home

Make sure you made all the necessary home preparation first:

  • the dog has a place of its own ( a pillow, a crate/bench)
  • you have a collar and leash
  • you have dog food and bowls for water and food
  • you checked for dangers in and around the house (poiseness plants, escape proof home/garden)

It is now time to adopt your dog and bring it Home. A very important point to remember when adopting a rescue dog is not to feel sorry for the dog, not while you are standing there in the shelter and not after you bring the dog home. Dogs interpret the emotion of pity as weakness. When a dog is in need, you help him by getting over it and the only way to do that is to not feel sorry for the animal and show leadership. Do not go straight home with your new family member. You need to walk your dog before you bring it home to burn off some of that energy and establish yourself as the leader of the pack in your dog’s new life before you get to your house. If you want to know how to properly walk a dog on leash read this blog: Leash Walking.

After your long walk, do not walk into the house, unsnap the lead and allow the dog to investigate your home. If you unsnap the lead and allow the dog to investigate your home, the dog will instinctually run from room to room and claim each room as his own. Remember that there is a chance the dog was in the shelter because he believed he was leader over his prior family. In order for you to more easily correct his way of thinking, from day one you have to start with new rules and bounderies for his new life. In the dog world, the leader of the pack not only goes first, but he owns everything. The leader then allows the rest of his pack to use its things when the leader wishes, and tells them when to eat and where to sleep and where not to go. The rest of the subordinates in the pack happily follow the leaders wishes. Some humans may think this sounds harsh and mean, however we are not dealing with humans, we are dealing with animals, (dogs) and must think like them.

Dogs that are not given clear structure and rules are not secure, happy dogs. In order for a dog to be secure it must clearly know who is running the show. It is either going to be you or him. Chances are that in your dog’s past life it was him; so now it is time for it to be you. If you clearly communicate this to your dog he will be secure and happy in his new life. When a dog shows signs of dominance, the dog should receive no affection until you are able to make him realize he is not the leader and he accepts it by acting calm and submissively. The more submissive and stable-minded the dog gets, the more love you can give him. Dogs should not get any affection until the dominance is under control. Your affection will reinforce whatever mindframe the dog is in.

Tips for Transforming your Rescue Dog

  • One of the most important things to do with your new dog is to enroll in an obedience class. This class is important for many reasons: establishing a working relationship between owner and dog, socializing the dog to other people and other dogs, it helps to reinforce basic training (even if the dog seems to know the basics)
  • No matter how old the dog is when you adopt him, he should always be treated like a puppy and not trusted with anything until he earns it. Make sure your dog has a safe area, his own spot where he can sleep and relax. Make sure all the family members will respect his space and will not bother the dog when sleeping.
  • Do not make excuses for your new dog!  As an example, you may observe he is shy around men or strangers and instantly think the dog was abused before you got him. He may have had a scary experience, but generally, if you don’t know for a fact he was, he was probably just not socialized. To use the excuse, “Oh, be careful with him, he was abused as a puppy,” is an immobilizing thought. Instead of carefully avoiding things that frighten your dog, give that man/stranger an irresistible treat to give to your dog every time they meet; you may be able to work through the problem! What may have happened in your rescue dog’s past doesn’t need to cripple him for life!
  • Make sure to take your dog to the veterinarian in the first week and let them do a general health check. The dog should be evaluated before he establishes himself in your home.
  • In the first weeks go to as many places as possible with your dog so he learns to trust and follow you everywhere; a visit to the vet, visiting a friends home, trips to different dog parks, take him in the car/on public transport, etc.
  • Have patience with your dog. Don’t expect miracles in a few hours or a couple of days. Your dog might need some time to acclimate. Trust and leadership take time so don’t be disappointed when, for example, your dog wants to hide under the couch the first couple of days. Just keep calm and give him time.
  • When in doubt, do not hesitate to engage the help of an experienced behaviorist, or trainer, to help ease the adoption transition into your home and your life

I adopted all of my dogs except one. Most of them were female dogs that were used to breed and then dumped when they were no longer of use to the breeders. In all those years and with all those dogs … and with most of them having behavior and/or health problems, there was not one that could not be helped … and there was no problem that could not be fixed by training, or a visit to the vet. I’ve had older dogs and dogs with behavior problems,(like not being socialized, not being used to walking on a leash, not house broken, aggressive towards other dogs or men, food aggression). I’ve also had dogs with health problems, skin problems, breathing/trachea problems, etc. I am not saying it is easy to solve these issues …  but when you have enough time, enough patience and enough love, It will work!

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Related Blogs:
The story of one of my rescues Dozer
Raising a Bulldog Puppy
Preparing for your Puppy
B ulldog Rescues and Animal Shelters
How to Walk your Dog
Jumping Dogs

Find a Bulldog Rescue nearby  and read on what you can do against Stop Animal Cruelty

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