Bulldogs originated from the lands of the English, who initially reared them to work with bulls and drive cattle. Alongside a unique sport that involved going head to head with the bull as a source of entertainment. This spectator sport, known as bull-baiting, is responsible for this breed’s wide mouth, steel jaw, muscular structure, and wrinkled face.
With the ferociousness of the dog bred out of them, the Bulldog has progressed to become an excellent family pet. In India, there are several Bulldog breeds available. These include the following:
- Alano Español (Spanish Bulldog)
- Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
- American Bulldog
- Campeiro Bulldog
- Continental Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- Olde English Bulldogge
- Perro de Presa Mallorquin
- Serrano Bulldog
Although this brand has a violent past, nothing stops the modern-day Bulldog from actively seeking chances to snore in your lap today.
We understand there are many factors regarding the ownership of a Bulldog, and we are here to lend you a helping hand in your journey of welcoming this adorable ball of cuteness into your home. We have covered everything from the cost factors to the perks of cherishing your little friend’s company.
How much does the Bulldog cost in India?
The Bulldog is rare in India, and their prices reflect it. The general price of a Bulldog puppy falls in the cost bracket of INR 20,000 to 40,000. We’ve curated a table below for you to check out the prices in your location:
Factors that Influence the Buying Price of Bulldog in India
Bulldog Age: Buying a Puppy vs. an Old Dog
Raising a puppy is akin to molding and shaping clay. Inculcating good habits and ensuring good health is in your hands when going for a Bulldog pup. Not to mention the cuteness that tips the scale in favor of the puppies.
Despite all this, it is vital to consider the time and patience a puppy requires. Initial months of training demand immense patience, as the pups can be a bit cheeky. They can be stubborn and wage wars on innocent household items that have nothing against them.
For people, who don’t have the time to raise a puppy, an adult Bulldog is the best option. In addition, an adult dog is less surprising as their temperament and personality have already developed.
Puppies aged 8-12 weeks tend to be more expensive. At this age, the puppies are more receptive and pliable. The quality of the pup influences its price. The more the pups relate to the standards, the higher their price. Dogs older than 12 weeks tend to sell at lower prices as older dogs are considered less appealing.
Adopting a Bulldog vs. Buying
Sometimes Bulldogs are purchased without a clear understanding of their needs. These dogs ultimately find their way to rescue groups or shelters. Adopting from a reputable shelter ensures a well-behaved and healthy dog. In addition, the adoption fee charged would be low and directly to the shelter’s well-keeping.
However, one drawback of adopting a Bulldog from a shelter is that it may take a long time before you can bring the dog home. A long waiting period and the lack of certainty often disheartens the potential adopter. On the contrary, a breeder provides you with delivery dates and higher chances of getting a purebred Bulldog.
A buyer must ensure that the breeder possesses a license and has registered with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective state. Unfortunately, several breeders in India aren’t registered and operate illegally. Hence, it’s crucial to carry out proper research before buying a dog from any place.
Like all other breeds, Bulldogs are predisposed to certain diseases and conditions. Cherry eye, dry eye, entropion, demodicosis, and Patellar luxation are common ailments that bulldogs experience.
Buying from a responsible breeder ensures you get the healthiest Bulldog possible. Breeders test the genetic stock for diseases relevant to the breed.
Buying a Bulldog from Puppy Mills (Please don’t go with this option)
Puppy Mill sounds cute until you realize these mills aren’t about cute puppies on the conveyor belt but a breeding facility that prioritizes profit over health. Animals from the farm suffer horrifically with little or no medical care and poor housing conditions. Think caged dogs and unsanitary habitats.
A Bulldog from puppy mills is likely to be aggressive. Mill merchants generally sell their dogs at lower prices to attract buyers, but any cost paid for a dog that didn’t get proper care is a lot. Spotting a mill merchant is easy as he is reticent about showing the breeding facility.
Buying a Bulldog from Pet Shops
Unfortunately, most pet shops are puppy mills in pretty gift wraps. Usually, pet stores source their pets from puppy mills or individual owners. In any case, it’s hard to determine the source. There are no telltale signs of animal abuse, but an overly submissive dog that avoids physical contact could be a subtle indicator among many others.
Hence, purchasing a Bulldog puppy without knowing its parent’s history is undesirable.
Buying a Bulldog from Middleman or Brokers
Buying from brokers is a safe option if budget isn’t a concern, as they charge 10% to 20% commission on each sale. In addition, they can get you in touch with responsible breeders who are registered and can answer every question you have. Responsible breeders prefer to sell dogs through brokers as they can make a little profit this way. However, profit isn’t a major concern for reputable breeders.
Buying a Bulldog from Reputable Breeders
Reputable breeders are ardent dog lovers. They have one goal – To produce healthy and stable dogs, both physically and behaviorally. Often responsible breeders will ask you to sign a contract that ensures the puppy is going to the right home. This contract ascertains that the puppy won’t be resold or re-homed without consent from the breeder. Further, the contract forbids the buyer to breed the puppy in the future. Of course, costing is higher when buying from a reputable breeder, but the prices are still reasonable.
Questions You Should Ask a Breeder
A responsible breeder wants the best home for his animal friends. So we’ve curated a list of questions and acceptable responses to help assist you in the process:
- Do you have a license? A license is mandatory if the breeder intends to sell the dogs. Female dogs can have a maximum of three litters per year, and a license ensures the dogs weren’t abused. Be sure to look at KCI papers before you select a breeder.
- How long have you been breeding Bulldogs? An experienced breeder should know his breed’s strengths and weaknesses and any genetic diseases from which the dog might suffer.
- Is the breed right for me? Bulldogs aren’t suitable for everyone, and a responsible breeder wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that. A good breeder will be honest about the drawbacks of owning a Bulldog (such as myriads of health issues), as the puppy’s well-being is more important to them than making a sale.
- May I meet the parents of the dog? A well-bred Bulldog should be friendly, not shy or fearful. If a pup is taken from the mother too soon, it develops a biting and barking habit. A trustworthy breeder should be willing to grant this request.
- Where do you raise the puppies? The puppies must be kept in a clean space with access to food, water, and a comfortable sleeping area. Having a breeder show you the kennel area is a sign of an ethical breeder.
- How old are the puppies? Puppies should stay with their mother and littermates for eight weeks. If a breeder sells puppies younger than eight weeks, look for another one.
- Can I see the puppy’s health records? A breeder should be able to provide the records of any vaccination that has been given and the dates the puppies were wormed.
- Can I return the puppy if I change my mind? If you decide that a Bulldog isn’t the right dog for you, you would want to be able to return it. A reputable breeder should be willing to take the dog back should the situation arise.
- Do you have the pedigree and registration form? If you’re looking to buy a purebred dog, a pedigree is the best way to verify that the puppy is purebred.
- How can I contact you after picking up the puppy? A breeder should encourage you to contact them if you have questions or concerns.
Male pups tend to cost more than females in India. The difference comes out to be INR 3,000 – 5,000. We recommend you choose the dog that best fits your needs. A female Bulldog is regarded as a better family pet, while a male Bulldog is best for someone who wishes to cultivate close companionship with their dog. Both genders are known for their subtle differences and prove to be loving and affectionate to their pet parents.
The Bulldog is a medium-sized dog characterized by stocky and strong stature. Males of this breed stand 14-16 inches tall and weigh between 23-30 kg, while the females are slightly shorter and lighter at 12-14 inches and 18-20 kg, respectively. The size of the Bulldog has no significant impact on their prices.
Mixed Breed or Purebred
A purebred Bulldog costs more than a mixed breed dog. This factor affects the purchase price of the dog significantly.
The Kennel Club of India (KCI) recognizes Bulldogs and certifies their pedigree. They follow the United Kennel Club (UKC) breed standards. Therefore, it’s crucial to check KCI papers if you wish to buy a purebred Bulldog.
The best way to predict your dog’s behavior and health is to determine the bloodline it descended from. A good bloodline ensures good health and docile characteristics and fetches higher prices. Having information about the dog’s parents is a good indication of its lifespan.
Coat Colours and Markings
Bulldogs have a single short coat. They occur in different colors: red brindle, solid white, solid fawn, or yellow or red, and piebald are desirable. Solid black and black and tan are rare and unrecognized by the KCI. However, these unique colors fetch higher prices.
Bulldogs are rare in India and have become exceedingly popular all over the major cities. The demand is high in these cities, and the price fluctuates accordingly. Expect to pay more in the metros than in the rural areas for this dog breed.
Certification and Warranties
Being thorough in your research is essential as sometimes the certifications may be forged. Ethical breeders sell their dogs at higher prices. It is best to verify all claims a breeder makes before purchasing.
Yearly Maintenance Cost of Owning a Bulldog
We are guilty of assuming that the pet expenses stop at purchasing the dog. In this section, we have made a comprehensive guide to give you a clear idea of the yearly expenses of owning this sour-mug pooch. Before we go any further, let’s briefly look at the costs.
|Cost Range (INR)
|Dog Food Cost
|Vet Visits Cost
|Antiseptic Spray, Cotton, and Band-aids
|Ticks and Flea powder
|Housing and Confinement Cost
|Shampoo & Conditioner
|Professional Grooming Services
|Training and Socializing Class Cost
Dog Food Factor
An adult Bulldog requires 1,300-1,500 calories per day as Bulldogs are famous for their chubby canine rolls and penchant for overeating. So providing your pooch with well-balanced protein-rich, nutritious meals is super important. We’ve discussed some food-related concerns in every pet parent’s mind below.
Home Food vs. Purchased Food
For some, homemade food is the healthier and safer option, while purchased food eliminates any risk of allergies and toxins for others. Either way, your dog’s food costs make up the major part of your dog’s monthly expenses.
Commercial dog food costs INR 3,500-5,500 per month.
Portion Size and Daily Frequency
Your Bulldog pups’ nutritional needs vary as he grows older. Therefore, we are providing you with a feeding guide below:
|3- 4 ¾ Cups
|3- 4 ⅛ Cups
|2 ⅝ – 3 ⅜ Cups
The average annual medical expense of your Bulldog is approximately INR 6,000. Since this breed isn’t the healthiest, frequent vet visits are vital. We have discussed all the medical expenses you may incur in the year below.
Your bully needs vaccinations against common diseases found in India. Getting a schedule card for vaccination from the breeder is a must. This way, you can be up to date with upcoming vaccination appointments, and your dog’s health won’t suffer.
Vaccination costs in India add up to INR 700-1,500 per dose.
Neutering or Spaying Surgery Cost
Traditional wisdom suggests neutering/spaying your dog provides several health benefits, and vets agree. So spaying your bully indeed yields various health benefits. However, let’s also not forget that breeding a bulldog isn’t for everyone.
Neutering is a surgical procedure and requires expert vet care. In rural areas, the cost of spaying is approximately around INR 4,000-6,000. However, in metro cities, the price could go as high as INR 12,000.
Intestinal parasites are a threat to your fur buddy. So veterinarians recommend deworming your Bulldog every three months to keep him in perfect health. Deworming tablets are inexpensive and cost up to INR 100.
Preventive medications Cost
Heartworms can prove to be fatal for a dog. Therefore preventative measures are important. Vets administer monthly injections and tablets to your Bulldog to keep him safe. The yearly cost for this treatment racks up to INR 2,000-12,000.
Additionally, you will also need the following:
- Antiseptic spray, cotton, and band-aids. Average cost- INR 500.
- Ticks and flea powder, shampoos, etc. Average cost- INR 1,500.
Housing and Confinement Cost
Crates are an essential purchase you’ll make post-buying your Bulldog, as this breed loves to sleep. When shopping for a crate, we recommend you buy one that can accommodate a fully-grown Bulldog as this breeds maturation period is quick.
A crate with enough room for your Bulldog’s fluffy bed will cost around INR 1,500-2,500.
Every dog breed has unique requirements, and every dog has a distinct personality. Painting their needs with the same brush is a grave mistake one must aim to avoid. Bulldogs’ short and stocky bodies should be considered when shopping for accessories. Below we have discussed different accessories for you to consider.
Collar Vs. Harness
Bulldogs are Brachycephalic animals having short necks. And they suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. This is because they tend to pull against the collar while walking, putting pressure on their throat and neck. In the long term, this pressure can damage the trachea of your bully, leading to respiratory ailments.
Using a harness is better in this case as it takes the pressure off your dog’s throat. An adjustable snug-fitted robust harness is best suited for your Bulldog pup. The cost of such a harness should rack up to INR 1,500-2000.
For a Bulldog pup who hasn’t developed a taste for toys yet, we recommend you invest in a few different types of toys that engage them. It’s a fun activity discovering what your pup likes best. For example, an indestructible toy or bone is best for puppies who love chewing. A few balls are best for the dog that likes playing fetch.
We propose picking up two or three toys each month to avoid disappointment in Bulldog language. Depending on your spending, this would chalk up to INR 250-500 per month.
This smooth, short-haired bundle of joy requires minimal grooming. Weekly brushing is enough to keep the glossy coat in perfect condition. We also recommend you pay special attention to their wrinkles. Keeping them clean and dry is essential to avoid skin problems.
Grooming kits that fit your furry friend’s needs are available, starting from INR 500. Additionally, shampoo and conditioner costs add up to INR 400 monthly. Professional grooming sessions can cost up to INR 500.
Bulldogs, on maturity, gain the status of couch potato dogs. They over-eat and often nap, leading to rapid weight gains and related health issues beginning to surface. For this reason, walking and light exercise are critical for your cuddly friend.
A dog walker usually charges you INR 2,500 to 5,000 per month. However, we recommend you take time to walk the dog as this breed doesn’t require a lot of activity.
Training and Socialising Class Cost
Bulldogs have a friendly and affectionate disposition towards people, but they can be aggressive with other dogs or cats. Therefore, early positive interaction with people and other pets is necessary to fortify good behavior.
This breed has a distinct stubbornness that makes training a strenuous task. We recommend you hire expert trainers for your fur buddy. The training and socializing costs equal INR 5,000-7,000 per month.
Bulldogs are possessive about their food, making treats a good bribe. Rewarding your bulldog pups with treats is a suitable way to encourage good behavior early on while training.
Commercial treats can be costly. We recommend homemade treats such as eggs, cheese, paneer, meat, and veggies. They’re inexpensive and healthier, and the average cost is INR 500.
Your furbaby deserves to live its best life, and health costs shouldn’t be why he can’t. Unfortunately, as we know, Bulldogs aren’t the healthiest breed out there. Hence we recommend you get health insurance covering the major health concerns of this breed. Taking this step ensures your dog has all the care he needs at any point in his life.
In India, pet health insurance starts from INR 3000-6000, while Bajaj Allianz is cheaper at less than INR 700.
The best way to travel with your Bulldog is to take him along in your car. Indian Railways charge INR 10 and above depending on the dog’s size.
However, flying with your dog could be costly. International flights charge INR 2-3 lakh for a medium-sized dog, while domestic flight tickets are usually within INR 20,000. Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and Vistara are some airlines that allow pets on board. Flying your Bulldog will require health and rabies vaccination certificates.
Bulldogs need constant attention. If you are away often, daycare facilities can take care of this. Daycare services include boarding, food, and special needs listed by the pet parents. Expect the price range to be INR 500-2,000 a day.
Purebred dogs must register before being bred from, exhibited, and exported. The registration charges vary based on the information available about the dog’s parents. Being a member of the INKC also affects the registration cost. Three conditions arise in line with this:
- If both the dog’s parents have INKC registration- Members pay INR 400, and Non-Members pay INR 500.
- If parents are unknown- Members pay INR 800, Non-Members pay INR 1,000.
- If one or both parents’ KCI is recognized or imported from other clubs- Members pay INR 400, and Non-Members pay INR 500.
A food, water dish, a poop bag, pee cleaner, food storage container, and pet cot are other miscellaneous items that add up to INR 2,500-4,000.
Hidden and Related Costs of Bulldog Puppy Ownership
By now, you should have a monetary idea of what it means to own a Bulldog. We’ve touched on every aspect of being a pet parent except one. The cost of time, patience, and perseverance this passive breed demands. As an adult, your bully will be satisfied by curling in your lap, but a young pup requires a lot of play time to vent his energy.
Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Bulldog
Bulldogs are mellow creatures. They are dependable, reliable, and make fine apartment pets. Nevertheless, here are some factors you should consider before bringing this brawny pet into your house.
- Life Expectancy – A Bully’s average lifespan is 8-10 years. You can expect to see the signs of aging as soon as five years.
- Training – Bulldogs are headstrong and like to do their own thing. Their stubbornness makes training a tricky job.
- Health Concerns– Bulldogs suffer from a plethora of health issues. They have joint issues, respiratory ailments, and skin problems. This makes the low-maintenance dogs expensive.
- Aggressive– Bulldogs tend to be defensive, which becomes a problem when they are not socialized properly. They might bark or even bite strangers.
- Snoring and Flatulence- The short noses and flat chests account for loud snoring noises. Bulldogs are also famous for effortlessly stinking the room. Be prepared for noises and smelly rooms!
Benefits Of Bringing A Bulldog Puppy At Home
Bulldog pups are balls of sunshine that will uplift your mood anytime by curling up in your lap unbothered. Below we’ve mentioned some benefits of owning a bully.
- Bullies love playtime as much as a 5-year-old, which makes Bulldogs excellent to have around kids.
- Bulldog’s muscular structure and sour-mug face intimidate people. This quality makes them excellent guard dogs.
- This breed is clumsy and loves to pull off a joke. A few minutes with your bully after a long work day is enough to elevate your mood.
- Bullies love attention, and they know how to get it. With a friendly disposition and a combination of unique build and confidence, winning hearts is an easy feat for this breed.
- Bulldogs love to return all the love they get. Expect to be smothered in cuddles and kisses as soon as you reach home.
Do Bulldogs have a doggy odor?
Yes, due to their structure, Bulldogs are forced to swallow air while eating and drinking, which causes them to be smelly.
Are Bulldogs good with other pets?
They can be aggressive if they’re not socialized effectively. Therefore, early socialization is crucial for your Bulldog pups.
Do Bulldogs overheat?
Yes, Bulldogs tend to overheat. Therefore, keeping them in a shaded area when outside is vital. Some people place them in a kid’s pool to keep them cool.
Is Bulldog a good house dog?
Yes, they are friendly and affectionate and make excellent pets. They also cherish being around children.
Do Bulldogs bark a lot?
Bulldogs seldom bark, but they are prone to snoring.
Summing it Up
If a steady and quiet companion who doesn’t need a lot of activity and won’t lather you with hair every time you cuddle them sounds like your feat, then Bulldogs are the right breed for you. We hope by now you’ve enhanced your understanding of this breed and are equipped to make an excellent Bulldog parent.
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