Why Are Bulldogs So Expensive?

If your first question is PRICE this is probably not the breed that you should be looking into. In order to breed HIGH QUALITY and HEALTHY purebred AKC registered bulldogs it is NOT cheap!

There is a great deal of time, effort and expense involved in raising a Bulldog litter. Without going into too much detail, it can cost $8,000-$12,000 to breed, deliver and raise a litter, without consideration for the time invested over 400 hours a litter. The average litter size is 4-5. Getting the female ready for breeding requires pre-breeding testing, ovulation testing, etc. - approximately 3 trips to the vet.

Then the female is usually artificially inseminated, another 3 trips to the vet at $175 per trip, not to mention the expense for the semen/stud service which is $850 to $2,500 and up. Then you wait 4 weeks for an ultrasound and/or x-rays. (It is important to be sure the female is pregnant $150). Special diets over $200 and constant monitoring for the next 5 weeks, plus getting the nursery getting with heating pads, bottles, blankets, medical supplies, milk re-placer, puppy scale, and the list goes on and on. Then comes the C-section which can cost upwards of $3,000 assuming she went into labor DURING regular office hours and all went well.

Females produce only 3-4 litters in their life. This is a special breed which requires the help of humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. In spite of their appearance the Bulldog, as a newborn puppy is extremely fragile. It requires constant monitoring of the puppies ( every 2 hours 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the first 14 days of there life). Bulldogs don't make the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy on accident and not even realize it.

The puppies are normally checked by the vet at least 4 times during their first 8 weeks, including wormings and puppy shots can be over $600. It is a breed that requires MAXIMUM effort on the part of the breeder to make sure that all the puppies turn out healthy.

The whole procedure is VERY costly.You will find that most breeders range their pet bully's around the $2,500 mark. Beware of "great deals" and "cheap puppies", they may cost you alot more in the end - not just money, but heartache too! Good luck with your English Bulldog search.

Mike & Jennifer of Hedrick English Bulldogs