According to a recent article of USA Today, the number of dogs being stolen has risen dramatically in 2011.
Stealing dogs with the intention of demanding a ransom from the owner is not
a new phenomenon. In fact, the first ever dognapping case was recorded in 1934. The stolen Boston Terrier was returned to its
owner after 5 long months so the story had a happy ending.
Dogs become part of our families. They will be just like a small brother or
sister to the kids. And when they are kidnapped and there is a chance that
money can buy them back, we pay gladly – provided that we have the money
demanded, that is.
Over time, as conformation showing became more popular, show dogs became the
targets of thieves. It’s easy to see that if the owner of a regular dog is
willing to pay thousands of dollars in ransom, the owner of a valuable show dog
might pay tens of thousands of dollars to get his pooch back.
Dognapping – not only for ransom but reselling, experiments and a number of
other purposes – has become widespread in the United States by the 60’s. So
much so that it had actually become one of the most talked about issues of the
time. The public dismay and the floods of letters demanding something to be
done put enormous pressure on the senate. As a result, the “Dognapping Law”,
which became the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 was born.
Almost fifty years later, the situation seems to be getting out of control once
again. According to the AKC, reports of stolen dogs rose by 49% in the first 7
months of 2011. The numbers have been growing steadily since 2008, which is –
to a large extent – due to the economic turmoil the world is going through.
Fortunately, a Euro Puppy dog has never been stolen, but we thought a list
of breeds that are more likely to become the victims of theft could be useful
to our customers as well as any dog owner:
If you have a dog of one of the above breeds, your dog is a more attractive
target for a criminal than most other breeds because of its size, popularity or
both. You need to pay extra attention when going for walks and meeting
strangers. Never leave your dog tied to post in front of a store or alone in a
car. Unless your dog is very obedient and always comes back when called, never
let him off the leash in public.
If the breed of your dog is not listed above, that doesn’t mean you should
not be careful of course. Any dog that is left unattended will become an
attractive target of a thief looking for its next victim.
Hector the Bulldog: from the Looney Tunes. (1950-)
Hector the Bulldog is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros., Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Hector is a muscle-bound bulldog with gray fur. He walks pigeon-toed and his face bears a perpetual scowl between two immense jowls. He was a minor player in several Tweety and Sylvester cartoons directed by Friz Freleng throughout the 1950s. His usual role is to protect Tweety from Sylvester, usually at Granny’s request. He typically does this through brute strength alone. Hector is played by voice actor Frank Welker. Typical to his breed, under that constant frown, Bulldogs are actually quite lovable characters!
Look at the little guy leveraging on his paws! While his brother and sister bulldogs keep their dignity, this chap’s making sure he doesn’t miss a thing….Attaboy!
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More so with this breed than others, there is a vast difference in quality, and unfortunately there are a lot of not so good looking Bulldogs out there. To help your important decision, we’ve complied this guide.
WHO IS SUITED TO THIS BREED?
The English bulldog, the pride and symbol of Brittan. Nowadays, a great companion with a gentle/docile demeanour, but a few centuries ago it was bred for Bull baiting and a very rugged and tough customer indeed. This aggressiveness has thankfully now been bred out, and the Bulldog has become more appealing on the eye, especially for the show ring. Unfortunately, this breeding has caused health problems, which makes it not an easy nor cheap breed to own and always some money is needed to be set aside for vet consultations (cherry eye, skin problems, dysplasia issues, patella luxations…). What I am saying here is that it is probably not suited to those on a tight budget. Bulldogs do not need a great deal of exercise especially as they get older (they can be very playful as pups), so suited to lazy indoor coach potato lifestyle such as in an apartment. Elderly people like them for this and may just take them for one leisurely stroll once a day around the block or let them play in a small yard for a bit. A little downside to this inside living is that they can be messy eaters and snore. With considerate kids Bulldogs are great, so make excellent family companions. Bulldogs are best suited to temperate climates and not very hot/humid weather where they can overheat fast, especially if expected to run or walk in it. If looking for a “lifetime companion” you should note that this breed on average lives til only 7-10 years. Bullies range from 600 – 6000 USD upwards. We do suggest you go for quality and not price as what you save in price at the beginning, you may make up for in vet visits later if you catch my drift (we do not suggest to go under 1500 USD for your Bully). This is one breed you must truly have a passion for to appreciate it and spend quality time with. It thrives on human attention.
MALE OR FEMALE
Usually, this breed gets on well with other dogs whether male or female. Sometimes can be a little scrappy with strange dogs, but the secret here is good early socialization in the puppy hood. Males are going to be bigger/grander and will show the true Bulldog traits more, which is a big draw card for some. On the other hand, females are likely to be a little more relaxed and cleaner as they do not mark their territory with sent everywhere.
COLOUR AND SIZE
– White (can be patched/pied with this list of colours too as the adult above)
– Light fawn through to a rich red (can have white markings as the below pictured pup)
– Black (not usually kennel club accepted, but people like it because it is rare and unique)
The average size for a Bulldog adult is around 23–27 kg (50-60 lbs). Although not so high of the ground (31-36 cm) it should be classed as a medium sized breed, so if you wanted a small dog, it might not be the one for you. It’s not a bad idea to keep around the average and make sure you at least see photos and know the weights of the parents before your purchase. There is also a new hype called the Miniature Bulldog (same look, just bred smaller but not mixed) and the weight is ranging from 11–18 kg (25-40 lbs).
CONFORMATION OVER COLOUR!
Conformation (shape) is sadly often overlooked and colour/markings takes precedence, which is wrong and should only play a part if 2 dogs are similar in build and you have to choose between them! On the contrary to the bow legged cartoon Bulldog in Tom and Jerry, the legs should be straight and set wide apart by the chest and shoulders. Facial wrinkles are great but can mean more health issues as cherry eye and extra work cleaning between them to avoid skin irritations. These furrows are not always favoured by show judges either. A flat/squashed nose with one big thick hotdog nose rope is a real trademark of the breed, along with a massive square head. The body should be stocky, with a low to the ground profile, supported by dense bones (fore and hind legs) as thick as tree trunks so to speak. Also look for some loose folds of skin as easily seen on the gorgeous puppy below. A short bun-looking tail is usually preferred, to a longer one as Bulldogs often can have. A useful tip to judge conformation is to start at the head and work your way along the body. Although a young puppy is changing fast, these are early traits to look for, as likely to be carried through.
It’s worth noting that there is a tendency that the best ones come from Europe and from European lines. Please feel free to contact Euro Puppy to ask us questions and check out our quality English Bulldog puppies for sale.
Do feel free to leave any comments and your thoughts on this article? Since there is so much to write about this breed, a 2nd part is coming soon.
Earlier this week, I tackled the topic of anti-barking dog collars; what they are; and how effective they are. I would like to continue with the topic a bit.
Although I briefly mentioned which breeds are the quiet representatives, I would like to continue with this thread. This is also an important factor when choosing a dog or a puppy. The amount of barking depends on three things: Firstly, the environment in which the dog lives influences his behaviour. Secondly it is genetic. Some dog breeds have been bred to be more quiet than others. Thirdly, canine physiology also holds answers. The Basenji breed for instance…ancient as it is, originates from Africa, and it has under-developed vocal cords. It cannot bark, because of a shallow larynx. It can give out sounds like yoddeling though. Some other more quiet breeds include:
Of course they do bark, but in moderation. Dogs that are big barkers have well-developed vocal cords. New dog owners often don’t consider both training and dog breeds when selecting a dog and this can result in problems due to barking.
If you have done your research before buying a dog, good for you! An anti-barking dog collar is not needed if you are an owner of a quiet breed. Research into choosing a dog is imperative. However, if you are a loving owner of a rather roudy dog, then you may just have a problem there and an anti-barking dog collar in this case is a great possibility and solution. According to dog trainer and author; Ty Brown: ” I get tired of people who don’t do research and call these collars mean and cruel without realizing how humane they can be when used right. ” With an anti-barking dog collar, slowly but surely, your roudy dog can become a quiet pet as well; much like the other non-barking dog breeds.
Please do bear in mind that puppies tend to be more enthusiastic and loud. A lot depends on the individual personality of your dog as well. If your dog has spent his early weeks among very enthusiastic barking dogs, don’t expect him to be silent, no matter what the dog breed is. Regardless of which dog breed you end up choosing, don’t overlook the importance of good training. Good training – although often requiring extreme patience and professional help; combined with an anti-barking dog collar- will ensure a happy home environment for both dog and owner. Silence is Golden. Start with an anti-barking dog collar.
Every week Euro Puppy showcases a dog lamp. Is it tacky or wacky? We will leave it up to you to decide. While having our own beliefs, we would love your comments…Enjoy….
Made out of Rustic Basswood Pine, this Dog Lamp showcases an English Bulldog. You can mix and match the colors, and the wood to suit your liking. Log onto their website to keep your favorite dog in front of you now!
Check out more wacky and tacky dog lamps that Euro Puppy has collected, under our category called: Dog Lamps
So, just what is a Miniature Bulldog? As there is often a grey area here, it’s Important you know that there are Mini Bulldogs, and then there are Mini English Bulldogs. These types should not be confused with each other! The former being a cross/mix breed (Bulldog with Pug, Boston Terrier or/and French Bulldog) and the latter being a pure-bred English Bulldog, but just smaller in size. As you can see here, the big difference here lies in the keyword, English.
Mini or Miniature Bulldog crosses are usually 3-4 generations removed. This is to fine tune the trademark look of the Bulldog but in a more compact size. This variety is not yet recognised by any major association or kennel club such as FCI or AKC. This type is most often the shortest in the body and the more sporty, active rather than being a couch potato. Obviously the more squat, rambunctious Pug and Frenchie are having their influence here.
Mini or Miniature English Bulldogs are not a separate breed in itself. They come from registered English Bulldog parents. This poses the difficult question of how can I be sure/guaranteed that my puppy will be a Mini? To answer this, I would say that a major kennel club or association would need to start recognising the breed and set a standard that everyone has to adhere to and thus be able to register as an official Mini English Bulldog litter.
If you think you know enough already, please feel free to check out our available Miniature English Bulldog puppies. If you would like to learn more, please carry on reading below.
A MINITURE BREED
A good example of a mini breed would be the Mini Bull Terrier, which are certainly recognized (FCI for example). Basically they are just like their bigger counterparts, the Bull Terrier, but there is an official mini size standard set that both parents must fit and be registered under. This usually does the trick and guarantees the smaller size quite well. I should also mention here that although Mini Bull Terriers certainly look similar, they do not accentuate some typical breed characteristics so prominently such as the instantly recognisable oval/egg-shaped head as the Bull Terrier does.
Due to size, some typical English Bulldog characteristics are not carried over so pronouncedly either in Miniature Bulldogs and Mini English Bulldogs. For example, a massive square head on a large adult male. Of course Mini English Bulldogs will usually highlight the typical English Bulldog traits better than a cross-bred Mini Bulldog, and preferred by us. After all, most buy a Bulldog for that typical flat-face, wrinkly, loose-skinned, stocky and heavy-boned look. It’s just that some people like that look in a more compact, portable cute size. It suits them and their lifestyle.
Typically smaller English Bulldog parents (around 20kg/44lbs or under) will naturally whelp smaller pups, so this is a good start. These parents should not be thin-boned runts of the litter unfit for breeding, just smaller but still retaining the desired Bully traits that we love. Also, a pup that is smaller than the rest is likely in most litters. As long as sturdy and compact, we could call it a Mini and not a runt. There is a distinction here! Females are likely to be smaller in size than males too, it is worth noting. Feeding plays its part too. What I mean here is that if a pup is over fed or fed a lot, especially on a high protein source, it is bound to be bigger than a puppy on normal rations of a balanced diet.
Bear in mind, that a smallish pup from on the light-side parents, could turn out to be a standard-sized adult and a mini size is very difficult to be guaranteed. Of course you should not be too let down by this as you will have a great family member to love and cherish as it will do to you. As time goes by, you see that some difference in weight and size is of minor importance.
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