Breeding English Bulldogs


When  you first ask what a bulldog costs, you can't be blame for the sharp intake of breath, followed by an explosive comment Read this and see if you still have the same opinion...
First of all bulldogs don't breed naturally. With their heavy upper bodies and small rears, they simply are not built to fit together. There are other reasons as well but for the safe breeding of two bulldogs, breeding naturally is not an option. Some breeders use AI, but we prefer to use surgical implantation as the conception rate is a bit better. When our girl comes into heat we take her to Dr Butchko ( a veterinarian who specializes in bulldog conception ) There her blood is drawn and sent to  a lab every day checking her progesterone levels,until it is determined that ovulation has occurred. Then we rush a male to the clinic, semen is collected, the girl is put under anesthetic, and she is surgically inseminated. Conception is by no means assured, but the frequent tests have taken most of the guess work out of it, so our chances are fairly good. They better be because we just spent a huge amount of money on vet bills with no guarantee of a single puppy. 

Now we wait... Momma gets the best of food, (Chicken breast and brown rice) careful monitoring, and supplements to assist in the development of the puppies. During this time she can mis carry,or re-absorb her puppies. If no complications arise she will be ready to deliver in approx 60 days. At 4 weeks into pregnancy we do an ultra sound to find out if she is pregnant and if so, how the little ones are doing. Then at approximately at 50 days we take her back in to do an x-ray to find out how many puppies we are expecting, their location/positioning in mom, and their development thus far. We do not wait for her to go into labor naturally, some bulldogs just never do, As they may not produce the hormone that starts the birthing process. Also the mothers birth canal is to small for the baby bullies head to pass through and if they do bulldogs are so tolerant of pain they may not realize when they are in labor..............It is much safer for mom and babies to schedule a c-section.  
So at day 60 ( If she doesn't decide to go into labor early and you have to rush her in for an emergency) or at day 64 from her LH surge (which is determined by her blood testing before she was inseminated), She is booked for a C-Section. The puppies are not breathing when they are born and have to be resuscitated by the vet tech and YES the BREEDER. This is the time when you see the puppies with the obvious birth defects, which are humanly euthanized,or simply not resuscitated. This is not for the faint of heart, as it can surely be broken. Again vet costs are expensive, and a good, experienced "Bulldog" vet is ABSOLUTELY vital. 
Then, lets assume that we have a litter of puppies that is stabilized. We put them in a Tupperware tub with a heating pad and take them home. Now comes the REAL WORK. Bulldog mothers DO NOT raise their own puppies. They can accidentally squash or suffocate them, or worse yet they will lick the umbilical cord so much that they lick a hole in the abdominal wall and pull out the intestines, leaving a hollow shell.  So the puppies are kept in a little Tupperware tub with a heating pad on one side and a thermometer to regulate the temp. We put the puppies with the mother at supervised feeding times we NEVER leave the mothers side. That is IF the mother has milk. If not then you have to bottle feed or tube feed the entire litter. To tube feed you insert a tube down its throat into its stomach and inject warm milk into it. If you make a mistake you put milk into the lungs instantly drowning the puppy. To start with they MUST be fed every 2 hours for the first 2 weeks of life, 3 hours for the third week, 4 hours for the fourth week and then 4 times a day until they are ready to leave home at 8 weeks of age.     




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