Monday, August 21, 2006

Orthopedics in English Bulldogs

english bulldog health: "While the majority of English Bulldogs live happy and healthy lives, the breed is susceptible to two major joint problems - luxating patella (floating kneecap) and hip dysplasia. Again, these conditions are caused by bulldog breeding. And all bulldogs have them to some degree, causing arthritis and other more severe problems.

These conditions can often require expensive surgery to correct, and can have a serious effect on your dog's quality of life. Both of these diseases are considered inherited conditions so you should check carefully with your breeder to see if either the sire or dame has a family history of one or both diseases. Whether they say so or not, they are most likely evident to at least a lesser degree."

--reputable breeders are a must
read more at The Heatlhy Bulldog