Some veterinarians are trying to increase public awareness of bulldog health issues. This movement was started by Dr. Meredith Kennedy, who had seen too many bulldogs die of relatively common and easily preventable diseases. She has a list of 25 veterinarians who are providing analysis of the bulldog’s unique physical conditions and its various health problems.
I will definitely link to this website once it is up.
Bulldogs can be good family dogs, but they can’t be kept by the casual dog owner. Their biggest problem is that they cannot adequately cool themselves, and they very easily can overheat. Some individuals also have an elongated soft palate, which jams in their trachea, preventing the dog from breathing.
I’ve never actually wanted a bulldog. For one thing, they can’t swim very well, and secondly, they aren’t the easiest dog to train. Further, they don’t live very long. I’d rather get 13 years out of a golden retriever than 6 out of a bulldog.