Why Are English Bulldogs So Expensive?
If you are looking for an English Bulldog and this is your first time researching the breed, something might just surprise you. The cost. Like their relative the French Bulldog Pup, English Bulldogs are very expensive and it has to do with a lot of factors. Take a look.
What Makes An Expensive Pup
Popularity Of The Breed
Like everything else in the world, the more popular something is, the more it costs. It is simply a matter of supply and demand. These are hard dogs to breed and lots of people want them.
Difficulty In Breeding
Bulldogs are in limited supply because they are quite frankly very hard to breed. Most births will be due to artificial insemination. Unfortunately for the English Bulldog, their body design doesn’t do them any favors when it comes to breeding. It is difficult for them and they tire out easily.
The difficulty in breeding not only causes the supply of these dogs to be lower, it also increases the price. Every attempt at a pregnancy costs money.
Difficulty In Giving Birth
Should the breeder be successful in breeding their dog, the next hurdle to overcome is birthing the puppies. English Bulldogs do not give birth well and most will be born via Cesarean Section.
A Cesarean, like everything else from a vet, costs money and this is a cost that will be passed on to the buyer.
Cost Of Screening
A good breeder will screen their dogs for genetic disorders. This is an attempt to produce the best puppies and weed out hereditary conditions such as hip problems.
If you find an English Bulldog for under $1500, you should inquire about whether the parents have been tested and screened. Amateur “backyard” breeders skip on the testing to save money or just because they do not know any better.
More Expenses To Consider
There is more to an English Bulldog than just the initial purchase price. These can also be very expensive dogs to own.
Why? Vet care. They tent to have a lot of health problems, even the ell bred ones. Hip problems, heart problems, lung problems and skin disorders are common.
Plan to have a lot of money set aside for vet care. If you are in a position where a large vet bill would be hard to pay, consider pet insurance.
There you have it, a few reasons why English Bulldogs are so expensive. If you are a lover of the breed, you surely will consider the price well worth it. If you are new to or unsure about the breed, it is food for thought.