Daily Bulldog Care

The Bulldog’s Coat

The coat of an English Bulldog
requires minimal care. 
Regular brushing is sufficient. 
Their coat can be very dense
so a weekly brushing will make their coats
look much better and will also help
reduce the amount of times
you will need to take out the vacuum

Wrinkle care

The wrinkles of the bulldogs face
need to be monitored regularly. 
The places where the skin overlaps
can get irritated or even infected. 

There are special lotions and creams available
to treat these kinds of skin infections.
There are various methods and remedies
for cleaning the skin folds.

I use doggy wipes for cleaning the wrinkles.
And for a more thorough cleaning
I use nose soother creme.
My experience is that most bulldogs
need a weekly brushing and cleaning.

More information and tips
on Wrinkle Care in this blog

Bathing your Bulldog

When giving a bulldog their bath
it is important that to wash with dog shampoo. 
Shampoo for humans often contains substances
that are harmful for the skin of the dog.

Don’t wash your dog too often.
I usually wash my dogs once every 4-6 weeks.
When you dog likes to get dirty on their walks
a quick shower without soap will usually get the job done.
Using shampoo’s, even the mild dog shampoo’s,
too often can result in skinproblems.

For more information and tips on
bathing your Bulldog
check this Blog


The nails of the dog
should be regularly monitored.
Check to see if the nails are not too long
and take extra care of the big toe nail.

The nails can be cut with
a special cutter for dog nails.

Make sure when you do cut their nails
you do not cut them too short.
If you can’t do it yourself your vet can help with this.

Ear Cleanings

Ensure the ears of the dogs are regularly cleaned. 
I do this with doggy wipes
and for a thorough cleaning I use foam lotion. 

There are several types of medicines and lotions 
available to clean dog ears at pet stores or at your veterinarian.


In general it will take me
about 10 minutes a day per Bulldog
for a daily cleaning

This includes a wrinkle and ear cleaning,
a check on their eyes, tails and toes
and if needed some nose ointment.

I will give my dogs a short brushing
at least twice a week
Bulldogs are short coated dogs
but can still shedd a lot of hair
and brushing them keeps the house clean

So a Bulldog, just like any other dog,
does need some daily care
but it will not take you a long time

Oh and one important last tip:
Make it fun for your Bulldog!

It will be much easier for you and your dog
when your dog enjoys your care

Sometimes ear or winklecleaning
will not be enjoyable for your dog
Make sure your dog knows
it is gonna be rewarded afterwards
with lots of cuddles, kisses, treats and play

Let’s finish this blog
with some helpful videos
on Bulldog beauty care

Have any tips on this subject?
Let us know in the comments

or in the Bulldog Forum

Cleaning Wrinkles

The English Bulldog is known for
his unique face, a flat nose and wrinkly face.
These adorable characteristics
gives the Bulldog his unique appareance.
But unfortunately these cute wrinkles
can get moisture in them.
This causes the skin to get irritated
and when not treated it will get infected.
The area will become messy, dark and moist.
Also the infected area will stink,
which can really effect your cuddle time.
To prevent this you have to clean these wrinkles.
How often you clean them depends on the dog.
Some do very well if you clean the wrinkles only once a month.
Some need it on a daily basis.

Here are some tips
on how to clean those wrinkles
and what type of products to use.

Supplies Needed for Cleaning your English bulldog:

• Cotton balls or dry dog/baby wipes

• Sterile Eye Wash available at pet or drug stores

• Ointment for the nose

• Dry towels

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Instructions Bulldog Wrinkle Cleaning

1. Clean your Bulldog’s wrinkles and skin folds with a cleansing wipe designed for dogs. Make sure the brand you use is soap and scent-free

2. Make sure the eye and nose area is completly clean

3. When you dry cleaned the wrinkles, wash it’s nose
and apply a good rub of ointment to keep it soft

4. Give your Bulldog a shower or bath using a hypoallergenic, soap-free cleanser. Pay special attention to those bulldog’s skin folds and wrinkles, rub your soapy fingers into the wrinkles, making sure to avoid the dog’s eyes.

5. Rinse your dog thoroughly to make sure that all soap and dirt are washed out from his wrinkles, then dry your dog with a towel. Make sure the skin folds are dry, trapped moisture can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

6. There are a lot of different products available, from shampoos to creams, sprays and tissues at the petstores,  if you are unsure which products to use, consult your veterinarian.


Read more on Bulldog Health:

Dog Paws

Walking the dogs is fun
but weatherconditions like
ice and snow in the winter or
heat in the summer,
can cause damage to your dog’s paws.


Snow and ice can get stuck
in between the pads on your dog’s paws,
causing cuts and uncomfortably cold toes.
Even a small amount of build-up
under your dog’s feet can
pull the sensitive hairs underneath
and cause a noticable loss of traction.

In addition, rock salt, anti-freeze
and other sidewalk treatments
can leave your dog with painful, sore feet.
During the winter, you’ll need to take extra steps
to prevent problems like cuts, infections, sores and painful paws.


When you’re just coming in from a snowy walk
and wonder how to free your dog’s feet
from caked snow, the best way is to simply
dry of your dog with a towel
and clean your dog’s paws with a clean rag or dry wipe,
give special attention to the areas between the toes.

If salt is stuck in the fur
or ice between the pads
don not try to pull it of
this will be hurtful for the dog,
try to soak the paws in some water
and try again with some tissue or wipes.

To prevent these painful paws
you could also consider dogboots,
especially when you live in a climate
with regular snowfall this is adviced.

Dogs will have to get used to wearing dogboots
but it can be a prevention and solution
for problems with snow or in summer with hot pavements.
Some funny video examples here: Bulldogs in Boots


Instructions on how to Care for your Dog’s Paws:

  • Wash the paws with slightly warm water after going for a walk. You want to wash off harmful irritants like salt and prevent your dog from ingesting any of the chemical de-icers by licking their feet. This also eliminates any ice or snow that has built up between your dog’s toes that could make walking painful.
  • Inspect your dog’s paws after every walk, particularly when you’ve walked in areas treated with salts or other sidewalk treatments. Be sure to check between the toes and look at the pad for any cracks or sore spots.
  • Cut your dog’s nails and trim the hair on his feet regularly. Hair that is too long attracts snow and slush which can cause problems. Keep from cutting the fur too short, however, as it offers protection for your dog’s feet.
  • Apply some oil to your dog’s paws to help sooth irritated feet. Be careful not to apply too much or too often as pads that are too soft can also lead to irritation. You can also apply just before going outside as it can help protect your dog’s feet but take it off when you get back inside. Pet stores also sell special wax or other products that work the same way.
  • Purchase dog boots for your pet if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and cold or if your dog is susceptible to problem paws. The boots fit over your dog’s paws and offer warmth and comfort. You may want to look for some that have added traction on the bottom so that you’re dog has an easier time walking on the snow and ice.
  • Treat any cuts, sores or infections that develop according to your vet’s instructions. If you notice that your dog seems to have painful feet even without sores, take a day or two off from walking in the snow.


Daily Care


The coat of an English Bulldog requires minimal care. Regular brushing is sufficient. However, the wrinkles/folds of the bulldogs face needs to be monitored regularly. The places where the skin overlaps can get infected. There are special lotions and creams available to treat these kinds of skin infections. There are various methods and remedies for cleaning the skin folds. I use baby wipes for cleaning the wrinkles. And for a more thorough cleaning I use Sudocrem. My experience is that most bulldogs need a weekly brushing and cleaning.

When giving a bulldog their bath it is important that to wash with dog shampoo. Shampoo for humans often contains substances that are harmful for the skin of the dog.

For more information on bathing your Bulldog read the following:

The nails of the dog should be regularly monitored. Check to see if the nails are not too long and take extra care of the big toe nail. The nails can be cut with a special cutter for dog nails. Make sure when you do cut their nails you do not cut them too short. If you can’t do it yourself your vet can help with this.

Ensure the ears of the dogs are regularly cleaned. I do this with baby wipes and for a thorough cleaning I use foam lotion. There are several types of medicines and lotions available to clean dog ears at pet stores or at your veterinarian.

Many people confuse fat with muscle and with this thought make their bulldogs unhealthy. When bulldogs are overweight, the load is too heavy for their joints and their heart must work much harder when exercising. This is similar to people with an unhealthy fitness.

The English Bulldog is strongly built and naturally a fit dog. The normal weight of a male is between 25 and 30 kilograms and for a female between 20 and 25 kilograms. If your bulldog is above or below this weight it is not immediately too heavy or too thin. Each bulldog, like every human, is different in terms of construction and bones. If you are unsure about the weight of your dog consult your veterinarian.

The English Bulldog breed has some breed specific health problems. The bulldog is prone to allergies and skin problems. And certain genetic abnormalities occur like shortness of breath, joint problems or cherry eyes. It is important that bulldog breeders take responsibility breeding healthy bulldogs and owners give them the proper medical care when needed.

It is important to mention that the Internet is useful information supply.
Beware: Never act on an internet diagnosis and always consult an expert or veterinarian.

Dental Care

Dogs need dental care! Unfortunately, dental hygiene for dogs is sometimes overlooked. Many people seem to just expect dogs to have bad breath, and few people brush their dog’s teeth frequently or do not brush at all. Dental hygiene is just as important to your dog’s overall health as things like nutrition or proper exercise. Help keep your dog healthy and pay attention to those pearly whites!

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1. The Breath Test
Sniff your dog’s breath. Not a field of lilies? That’s okay, a normal doggy breath isn’t particularly fresh smelling. However, if his breath is especially offensive and is accompanied by smell or iron (blood), a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive drinking or urinating, it’s a good idea to take your dog to the vet.

2. Check the Mouth 
Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.

3. Signs of Oral Disease
The following are signs that your dog may have a problem in his mouth or gastrointestinal system and should be checked by a veterinarian: Bad breath, excessive drooling, inflamed gums, tumors in the gums, cysts under the tongue or loose teeth

4. Tooth Decay
Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause build-up on a dog’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Only way to prevent this is by regular teeth cleanings.

5. Canine Tooth Brushing Kit
Get yourself a toothbrush made especially for canines or a clean piece of soft gauze to wrap around your finger. Ask your vet for a toothpaste made especially for canines or make a paste out of baking soda and water. Never use human tooth paste with dogs. Special mouthwash for dogs is also available at the vets or petshops.


6. How to start brushing
Taking these steps will make brushing a lot easier for the both of you:
First get your dog used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Massage her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds once or twice a day for a few weeks. Then move on to her teeth and gums.
When your pooch seems comfortable being touched this way, put a little bit of dogtoothpaste or a paste of baking soda and water on her lips to get her used to the taste. Next, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for dogs. Toothbrushes that you can wear over your finger (or a clean piece of gauze) are also available and allow you to give a nice massage to your dog’s gums (see video).

7. Brushing Technique
Yes, there is actually a technique! Place the brush or your gauze-wrapped finger at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and clean in small, circular motions. Work on one area of your dog’s mouth at a time, lifting her lip as necessary. The side of the tooth that touches the cheek usually has the most tartar, and giving a final downward stroke can help to remove it. Once you get the technique down, repeat this once or twice a week. When you give raw foods you will have to do this more often if not every day.

8.Mouth Disorders

Getting familiar with the possible mouth problems your dog may encounter will help you determine when it’s time to see a vet about treatment, the most common dental problems are:

Periodontal disease
This is a painful infection between the tooth and the gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection to the rest of the body. Signs are loose teeth, bad breath, tooth pain, sneezing and nasal discharge. This can cause infection of the heart valves (endocarditis), liver, and kidneys.

An inflammation of the gums caused mainly by accumulation of plaque, tartar and bacteria above and below the gum line. Signs include bleeding, red, swollen gums and bad breath. It is reversible with regular teeth cleanings.

Bad breath, can be the first sign of a mouth problem and is caused by bacteria growing from food particles caught between the teeth or by gum infection. Regular tooth-brushings are a great solution.

Swollen gums
evelop when tartar builds up and food gets stuck between the teeth. Regularly brushing your dog’s teeth at home and getting annual cleanings at the vet can prevent tartar and gingivitis.

Proliferating gum disease
ccurs when the gum grows over the teeth and must be treated to avoid gum infection. An inherited condition common to boxers and bull terriers, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Mouth tumors
Appear as lumps in the gums. Some are malignant and must be surgically removed.

Salivary cysts
Look like large, fluid-filled blisters under the tongue, but can also develop near the corners of the jaw. They require drainage, and the damaged saliva gland must be removed.

Canine distemper teeth
Can occur if a dog had distemper as a puppy. Adult teeth can appear looking eroded and can often decay. As damage is permanent, decayed teeth should be removed by a vet.

9. Chewing Toys
Chew toys can satisfy your dog’s natural desire to chomp, while making his teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help massage his gums and help keep his teeth clean by scraping away soft tartar. Ask your vet to recommend toxin free nylon and rubber chew toys. Gnawing also reduces your dog’s overall stress level, prevents boredom and gives him an appropriate outlet for his natural need to chew.


10. Diet for Healthy Teeth
Ask your vet about a specially formulated dry food that can slow down the formation of plaque and tartar. Also, avoid feeding your dog table scraps, instead giving him treats that are specially formulated to keep canine teeth healthy.

Dental Cleaning by Your Veterinarian: 

To prevent dental disease, your dog needs routine dental care at home. But to perform good home care, you need to start with clean teeth. Brushing will remove plaque but not tartar. So if your dog’s teeth have tartar, it is necessary for your veterinarian to remove it and polish the teeth. This professional veterinary dental cleaning is often called a prophylaxis or “prophy.”

A routine dental cleaning consists of:

  • Anesthetizing your dog.
  • Taking radiographs (x-rays) to assess the health of all of the teeth and bones of the mouth.
  • Flushing the mouth with a solution to kill the bacteria.
  • Cleaning the teeth with handheld and ultrasonic scalers. All calculus is removed from above and below the gumline. This is extremely important and can only be done if the animal is under anesthesia.
  • Using a disclosing solution to show any areas of remaining calculus which are then removed.
  • Polishing the teeth to remove microscopic scratches.
  • Inspecting each tooth and the gum around it for any signs of disease.
  • Flushing the mouth, again, with an antibacterial solution.
  • Optionally, applying a dental agent to retard plaque build up.
  • Recording any abnormalities or additional procedures on a dental chart.
  • Determining the best follow-up and home dental care program for your dog.

Very important for Bulldogowners: 
Most Bulldogs can not tolerate certain methods of anesthesia, due to their flat faces they need more monitoring and need special sedation procedures (like having the dog tubed all times). Always ask your vet about this! It happens to often that a Bulldog dies because of wrong anesthetics, make sure you go to a vet who is specialized in brachycephalic breeds (shortnosed/flat faced dogs). The best way is to prevent, clean your dog’s teeth daily so a visit to the vet and anesthetics are not necessary

An example of a  vet cleaning bulldog’s teeth without anesthesia


Make Sure You keep your Bulldog Smiling 😀

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