English bulldogs' surge in popularity offset by high abandonment rate Discussions

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  1. Malka

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    English bulldogs' surge in popularity offset by high abandonment rate

    Full article and photograph here...

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/03/english-bulldogs-abandoned-ice-t-coco

    Once again "fashion" ends up with unwanted dogs in rescue.

    SIGH
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    Unfortunate that unlike most "bully" breeds the English is recognized as an easygoing family dog, a description fitting many dogs under that heading. What many people don't research into is the health issues that often come with English bulls.

    We considered taking in an English bull female last year and I asked several different sites their opinion. The almost unanimous vote was friendly, easygoing and have a vet plus specialists on speed dial. Terrific dogs but expensive health issues.

    Then again we went with American Bulldog and while he doesn't have breathing problems or skin conditions, his knees are a mess. Guess the configuration in general of oversized body on bitty legs is a general issue with any bully.
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    Sad but very true, in fashion seems to always be bad for a breed.
    Why I actually point out the issues to owning my breed when people say they want one.

    Just wondering how many dogs will end up in the shelters here come Jan 1st, when new ownership laws come into effect.

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