- Inability to swim: Due to their massive head, solid torso and short legs limit their ability to stay above water. If you have a pool, spa or pond on your property, limit your Bulldog’s access to it. Although some english bulldogs have longer legs than most can be fairly well swimmers especially with the help of their safety lifejacket.
- Narrow nasal opening/breathing problems: Symptoms of an obstructed upper airway may include snoring, rapid breathing, noisy breathing when inhaling, frequent panting, difficulty eating or swallowing, coughing and gagging, inability to perform physical activity, especially in warm, humid weather, and occasionally physical collapse. All bulldog parents know the sound of a loud snoring bulldog and now you why. 🙂
- Elbow and hip dysplasia: This can occur from genetics, nutrition and exercise. Be careful when your bully likes to jump form the sofa or bed. Try to assist them as much as you can.
- Fold dermatitis: Your bully is likely to suffer some degree of inflamed, itchy, ulcerated, infected and often painful moist dermatitis. It is essential to keep it clean and dry.
- Heat sensitivity: Dogs do not have sweat glands all over their bodies. They can sweat only through their pads and they can dissipate heat effectively through panting. Bulldogs suffering from chronic airway obstruction cannot pant freely and that is why they often die of overheating (hyperthermia).