How to Choose a Reputable English Bulldog Breeder

Welcome to our article where we present a step-by-step guide on choosing a reputable English Bulldog breeder.

How to Choose a Reputable English Bulldog Breeder
Choosing the right puppy for your family is very important for the you and the dog.

Are you considering adopting an English Bulldog? Finding a reputable breeder is crucial to ensure you bring home a healthy and well-cared-for puppy.

In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to choose a reputable English Bulldog breeder. By following our checklist and tips, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to make an informed decision and provide a loving home for your new furry friend.

Charities and Rescues for Bulldogs:

Since we are Michigan based, here are a few from our area:



National International:




Buying an English Bulldog puppy allows you to have a clear understanding of the puppy's lineage, health history, and sometimes even temperament. It can be an excellent choice if you have specific preferences or requirements for your new companion. Reputable breeders adhere to responsible breeding practices, prioritize the health and well-being of their dogs, and strive to produce puppies with desirable traits. By purchasing a puppy, you have the opportunity to provide a loving home and raise them according to your lifestyle and training preferences.
On the other hand, adoption and fostering offer a chance to provide a second chance for Bulldogs in need. There are many Bulldogs of different ages, including puppies, available for adoption or fostering through rescue organizations and shelters. By choosing adoption or fostering, you can provide a loving home to a Bulldog that may have had a difficult past or has been surrendered due to unforeseen circumstances. Adoption and fostering not only give these dogs a safe and nurturing environment but also free up resources for rescues to help more animals in need.

New puppy checklist (Also see our article on puppy basics):

Here are the signs of a healthy English Bulldog puppy:

  • Bright and Clear Eyes: Healthy puppies should have bright, clear, and alert eyes without any discharge or redness. The whites of their eyes should be white, not yellowish or bloodshot.
  • Clean Ears: The puppy's ears should be clean, free from excessive wax buildup, foul odors, or signs of infection, such as redness or swelling.
  • Clean and Shiny Coat: A healthy Bulldog puppy will have a smooth and shiny coat without bald patches, flaky skin, or signs of parasites like fleas or ticks.
  • Energetic and Playful Behavior: Active and playful behavior is a positive sign of a healthy puppy. They should be curious, responsive, and have good mobility without any limping or difficulty moving.
  • Proper Weight and Body Condition: The puppy should have a proportionate body with a visible waistline when viewed from above. They should not be excessively thin or overweight.
  • Good Appetite and Hydration: Healthy puppies have a healthy appetite and drink water regularly. They should show enthusiasm during mealtime and have well-formed stools.
  • Normal Breathing: Bulldogs have brachycephalic (flat) faces, but a healthy puppy should not exhibit excessive snorting, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. Breathing should be smooth and without audible respiratory distress.
  • Clean Teeth and Healthy Gums: A puppy's teeth should be clean, without tartar buildup or bad breath. The gums should be pink and free from swelling, bleeding, or inflammation.
  • Regular Elimination: The puppy should have regular and well-formed bowel movements. Diarrhea, constipation, or excessive straining can be signs of digestive issues or underlying health problems.
  • Social and Well-Socialized: A healthy Bulldog puppy should be social, friendly, and enjoy human interaction. They should be comfortable around people and exhibit positive behavior during socialization.

Checklist for Evaluating Breeders

  • Health testing: Explaining the importance of health screenings for the parents and puppies.
  • Breeding practices: Factors to consider, such as breeding age, frequency, and responsible breeding techniques.
  • Genetic health history: Ensuring the breeder has knowledge of the puppy's genetic background.
  • Socialization and environment: Assessing how well the puppies are exposed to various stimuli and raised in a nurturing environment.

Ensuring the Well-being of Your New Puppy

  • Visiting the breeder: How to arrange a visit and what to observe during your visit.
  • Meeting the puppy's parents: Insights into the temperament and physical characteristics of the parents.
  • Reviewing paperwork: Understanding the importance of proper documentation and contracts.

It's important to emphasize that there is no judgment when it comes to choosing how to bring an English Bulldog into your life. Whether you decide to buy a puppy, adopt, or foster, what truly matters is the love, care, and commitment you provide to the dog throughout their life.

We have had the privilege of welcoming both rescue dogs and puppies from exceptional breeders who are dedicated to improving the breed's health. Our goal has always been to create a loving environment while promoting the well-being of English Bulldogs.

We firmly believe that there is no right or wrong path when it comes to adding an English Bulldog to our family. By combining the joys of rescue adoption and the benefits of working with reputable breeders, we have witnessed the profound impact we can make in the lives of these amazing dogs. Our approach emphasizes the importance of love, care, and commitment, regardless of whether the Bulldog comes from a rescue or a reputable breeder. Every dog deserves a safe and nurturing environment, and we are dedicated to providing exactly that.

Good luck finding your new best friend!