The bulldog breed council have health tests Bronze, Silver and Gold. It is very important that breeders use these health tests to show that their breeding dogs are healthy , we need this info and results of these tests to show, the rest of the world how healthy are dogs are and people buying a puppy from you would be reassured seeing that you care and are trying hard to breed healthy bulldogs.There are other tests ie BVA eye test , heart test and Dutch health fitness test . People looking to purchase should ask if the dogs are health tested and see the results.

The Disease
Hyperuricosuria is characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the urine. This disease predisposes dogs to form stones in their bladders or sometimes kidneys. The trait can occur in any breed but is most commonly found in the Dalmatian, Bulldog and Black Russian Terrier where Dalmatians are considered to be homozygous for hyperuricosuria.

Hyperuricosuria is inherited as a simple autosomal recessive trait.

Sire

Dam Offspring
Clear x Clear > 100% Clear
Clear x Carrier > 50% Clear + 50% carriers
Clear x Affected > 100% carriers
Carrier x Clear > 50% Clear + 50% carriers
Carrier x Carrier > 25% clear + 25% affected + 50% carriers
Carrier x Affected > 50% carriers + 50% affected
Affected x Clear > 100% carriers
Affected x Carrier > 50% carriers + 50% affected
Affected x Affected > 100% affected
CLEAR

Genotype: N / N [ Homozygous normal ]
The dog is noncarrier of the mutant gene. The dog will never develop Hyperuricosuria and therefore it can be bred to any other dog.

 

CARRIER

Genotype: N / HU [ Heterozygous ]
The dog carries one copy of the mutant gene and one copy of the normal gene. The dog will never develop Hyperuricosuria but since it carries the mutant gene, it can pass it on to its offspring with the probability of 50%. Carriers should only be bred to clear dogs. Avoid breeding carrier to carrier because 25% of their offspring is expected to be affected (see table above).

 

AFFECTED

Genotype: HU / HU [ Homozygous mutant ]
The dog carries two copies of the mutant gene and therefore it will pass the mutant gene to its entire offspring. The dog will develop ricosuria and will pass the mutant gene to its entire offspring

Source: Laboklin UK www.laboklin.co.uk

 

A lot of people are keen to breed their dog, some owners of male dogs think they will make lots of money from stud work.

Even outstanding champion bulldogs get very little stud work and fail to earn their keep. If a pet dog is used at stud he will start to mark his territory, therefore making a nuisance of himself and if he is a poor example of the breed he may well throw inferior stock, which is the last thing we need.

If a bitch is bred from she should be a very healthy active sort with no health problems. Often the vet and breeders will say pre book her for a c-section which could risk her life in the hands of a non bulldog vet ( many have died that way).

The correct way to do it is let the bulldog go into labour and if the labour is not progressing as it should then a vets advice should be sought. It is fashionable to book a c-section which is doing the breed no favours and therefore we hear the bulldog cannot give birth, when in fact no one has tried.

At least one parent should of being DNA tested clear of HUU, if neither is tested you may very well be mating two carriers together which will lead 25% of the resulting puppies being affected with HUU and could develop bladder stones and at the very least have to spend their life on special food and possibly medication as well.

A lot of puppies are lost by people that don`t have the knowledge to keep them alive or the twenty four hours a day to sit and look after them until they are old enough.

Only the very best examples of the bulldog should be bred from , they should be very healthy and active and able to lead a normal life. They should not be over exaggerated and have no health problems.

 

Please don`t get conned a Bulldog is a bulldog , a victorian, a Sussex, a Old tyme, Old English an American are not Bulldogs they are a cross of many breeds that is fine if you wish to have one of those breeds but if you want a bulldog then you want a kennel club registered ( with registration papers ) bulldog. A rare colour ( black / black and tan, chocolate, Blue, Lilac etc ) , exotic, toad, miniature are not bred to the standard ,are not bred for health they are bred for money by back yard breeders, often with crossbred bloodlines . Good breeders do not breed these dogs !

Good breeders do not normally advertise as they get puppy enquiries recommended to them , they health test their dogs using the bulldog breed council health tests and often do additional health tests too. They offer a life long help for puppies they breed. It is very important to use a bulldog specialist vet for your new puppy, as a lot of vets are very keen on surgery and like to perform unnecessary surgery on bulldogs , the bulldog vets use commonsense instead of the scalpel . It is important to keep in contact with the breeder of your pup and get back to them if you have any problems, it is important to keep the face , wrinkles , ears and under the tail of your dog clean , do not over exercise a puppy or adult and do not take them out if the weather is really hot.

Perhaps due to the high price of a puppy, a lot of undesirables are breeding bulldogs they do not have knowledge of the breed, they are not breeding to improve just to produce puppies to sell.

These are often the puppies you see in free papers and on line puppy sales ie epupz etc.

The best way is to contact a local bulldog breed club secretary and ask them to recommend someone to you. They know the breed ,they know the breeders and their dogs and if there are known problems with their dogs they will not recommend to you.

The www.bulldogbreedcoucil.co.uk has a list of bulldog clubs throughout the UK.