Before you apply to adopt a Bulldog....
A Bulldog may not be the right choice for every family. Living with a Bulldog can be very rewarding, but you must be committed to meeting the Bulldog's particular needs. They are, in my opinion, the greatest dogs in the world! With that said, they are a lot more work than other breeds of dogs. They are wonderful companions, but if you do not have the time to dedicate to a bulldog, do not apply to adopt. Remember: these dogs are rescue dogs. They are going to need extra special care.
Some things to consider:
If you're seeking a rescue as a way to obtain a cheap Bulldog, you've come to the wrong place. You must be passionate about the breed to accept what baggage comes along. If you're looking for perfection, buy from a reputable breeder. A list of reputable breeders can be found at www.thebca.org
Also, rescue is not the place to be looking for a puppy. We rarely get in dogs under 2 years of age.
There is a limit to how much strenuous physical activity a typical Bulldog can safely tolerate. Their short muzzles and narrow windpipes, relative to the size of their bodies, limits their oxygen intake and causes them to become easily winded. This can result in acute respiratory distress and sometimes death. Like it or not, most Bulldogs do not have great physical endurance. They are more like short-distance sprinters than long-distance runners. Bulldogs don’t realize this; your own common sense must prevail.
If we have any doubts about a Bulldog's ability to deal with certain situations, we put restrictions on the type of home in which it will be placed (for example, by requiring no young children and/or no other pets.) We also provide guidelines for the new owners to ensure that they are aware of any special treatment the Bulldog may require. With the application of a little common sense in following the guidelines, new owners will find the transition into owning a rescue Bulldog to be relatively simple.
You may have heard Bulldogs do not swim. You are right.
Just like children, most bulldogs love to swim. They will jump right in before you know it. They sink like an anchor. This is why at rescue, we do not adopt to homes with unfenced pools. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.