The English Bulldog’s gentleness, good-natured temperament and adaptability make them a great family pet. Unfortunately, that has come at a cost to their health and overall life expectancy. This breed has a much shorter lifespan than the average dog, at just 6 to 8 years. Today I’ll share why I think these estimates are more accurate than the higher aims you might see elsewhere online, and what you can do to help your prized pup to live as long as they can.
- Scientific studies on Bulldog longevity
- How does their lifespan compare with other dogs?
- Is it bad breeding?
- Health problems and how to avoid them
It is easy to fall in love with English Bulldog puppies, but their laid back attitude isn’t just a sign of a chilled family pet. It can be a signal that something is wrong too.
How Long Do English Bulldogs Live According To Studies?
Much like any other breed, the English Bulldog lifespan is variable. Several studies look at their longevity. Sadly, the average English Bulldog lifespan is not very long.
One study by the UK Kennel Club and British Small Animal Veterinary Association found that the average lifespan for the English Bulldog was only 8.25 years. And only 8.9% were reported to have died of “old age.” Similarly, this study done in 2013 reported that the average lifespan of English Bulldogs is 8.4 years.
In contrast, one particular study from 2010 gives a slightly different average for the English Bulldog lifespan. This study found that the average English Bulldog lifespan is only 6.29 years and suggests a bit of variance in the average.
They were once considered very healthy dogs with an average lifespan of 10 years. But now the average English Bulldog lifespan is now only about 6 to 8 years.
English Bulldog Lifespan Compared With Other Breeds
All of these studies reported that the average English Bulldog lifespan is far below that of the average dog. Based on the studies mentioned above, the English Bulldog lifespan is about 30% shorter than the average amongst most other breeds.
Factors Affecting English Bulldog Lifespan
There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of all breeds. This includes: their environment, their daily diets, and their exercise routines. Interestingly, the size of a dog often contributes to its lifespan. Small dogs generally living longer than larger dogs. The English Bulldog falls in the range of medium-sized dogs and so has a middle-of-the-pack lifespan.
Life Expectancy vs Breeding Practices
The widespread popularity of the English Bulldog has proven to be costly for these sweet, patient, and good-natured dogs. More English Bulldogs are being unethically bred as demand increases. This has led to a slew of health problems and driven down the English Bulldog’s life expectancy.
Years of breeding English bulldogs in favor of “squished faces,” skin folds, small stature, and other child-like features has led to the English bulldog becoming one of the most unhealthy dog breeds in the world.
Mixing It Up
By introducing other dog breeds into the gene pool, it is possible to fix many of their current health problems, and genetic diversity can be improved. In fact, such attempts have already been made, and have produced healthier canines.
But, there is push-back from some English Bulldog breeders about changing the general shape and genes of an English Bulldog. They are worried it would essentially make the breed no longer English Bulldogs.
Would they still be an English Bulldog if their faces were no longer squished and their bodies no longer so short and stout?
Some breeders are attempting a different route. They’re trying to improve the breed’s health by carefully breeding only the healthiest bulldogs together.
Still, this reverse breeding is questioned by some. They believe that current Bulldogs are so unhealthy that attempting to improve within the breed will take longer than it is worth.
The answer to “How long do English Bulldogs live?” is affected heavily by the number of health problems that plague this breed of dog. Many conditions contribute to the relatively short English Bulldog lifespan. Including heart problems and respiratory issues.
Heart Disease can develop in both younger and older English Bulldogs. But, if caught early, it can often be managed with medication. Early detection will help ensure your dog lives many more years.
Bladder And Kidney Stones
English Bulldogs have a higher risk of developing bladder or kidney stones. This condition is more common in female dogs. It can be painful and may turn into a serious, life-threatening condition if a stone causes a complete obstruction. In this case, the bladder can rupture.
You can treat stones with a diet, non-surgical, or surgical intervention. A preventative diet is recommended if they have had stones in the past.
Breathing Disorders Decrease Lifespan
The vast majority of English bulldogs suffer from brachycephaly. With their short muzzles and flat faces, English Bulldogs have extra tissue in their airway passages. They have the same amount of tissue as other dogs but due to their short, squished faces, there is nowhere for the excess tissue to go.
This causes breathing difficulties and other respiratory and digestive related issues. English Bulldogs tend to be gassy from the extra air intake, are prone to heat stroke, and can develop pneumonia from food inhaled into their lungs.
Signs of respiratory difficulties are: loud breathing, coughing, blue tinted gums, fainting, and exercise intolerance.
In older English Bulldogs, paralysis of the vocal cords can occur. The paralyzed chords hang down into the airway and interfere with breathing. Listen for loud, noisy breathing. This condition can become severe and dogs can fall down and struggle to breathe effectively.
English Bulldog Lifespan And Joint Problems
Dysplasia refers to an abnormal joint structure that leads to partial or complete dislocation. English Bulldogs are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia which can also lead to arthritis. This condition becomes more likely as a dog ages.
Spiral Tails and Back Pain
Hemivertebrae is a condition characterized by wedge-shaped spinal vertebrae that can cause curvatures in the spine. It is a condition that the English Bulldog is born with and that can cause damage to the spinal cord and disability.
A puppy that appears to have no tail at all might be more likely to suffer as a result of this issue. X-rays can detect puppy spinal abnormalities. Early diagnosis can help to prevent further damage, exacerbated by exercise or weight gain.
Other General Factors
Some general factors that contribute to a dog’s life expectancy include things like the English Bulldogs age and size. Others factors more within a dog owner’s control are dental care, vaccinations, preventative treatment for parasites, and weight management.
English Bulldog Lifespan And Dental Issues
Just like humans, dogs get plaque and tartar build up on their teeth. Also similar to humans, without appropriate dental care, this build up can lead to infections in the teeth and gums. Dental neglect can become serious, potentially causing major health issues, like liver and kidney damage. It even reduces the life expectancy of your pet by 1 to 3 years.
Their small mouths mean their teeth are squished in too tightly. As a result, overcrowding can cause pain and gum problems. Simply, brushing your dog’s teeth 3 times a week can help keep them healthy and decrease the likelihood of these dental-related health concerns.
Obese Dogs Die Young
Weight management is important to the quality of life and life expectancy of your dog. English Bulldogs are particularly susceptible to weight gain. So, as pleading as those sad little eyes may be, you must resist the urge to indulge in table scraps or extra treats.
Overweight dogs are at risk of developing heart disease, metabolic disorders, digestive disorders, and back pain. English Bulldogs are already susceptible to joint problems and additional weight will only exacerbate this issue.
You can easily prevent a number of non-inherited diseases with routine vaccinations and maintenance medication. Routine vaccinations can include parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, and rabies. Talk to your vet about options for managing ticks, fleas, and worms.
Increasing Your English Bulldog’s Lifespan
As a pet owner, there are many things you can do to help maximize the life expectancy of your English Bulldog. A few of them include being diligent and attentive to your dog’s grooming and dental care. And ensuring your dog maintains a healthy weight through proper food and exercise.
In addition, it is important to be aware of your dog’s unique limitations.
Brachycephalic dogs can’t swim. Their head and chest are much larger and heavier than their hindquarters, causing them to sink. Drowning is a real risk for English Bulldogs so to keep your dog safe always put an English Bulldog life jacket on them, and supervise them around water.
English Bulldogs are also very sensitive to the temperature and can overheat very quickly. They can develop heat stroke even in a short time on a hot day. Be mindful of taking your English Bulldog out to exercise in hot weather or leaving them in such an environment for any amount of time.
Choosing A Healthy English Bulldog Puppy’
When searching for an English Bulldog puppy, finding a reputable breeder is especially important. With the poor breeding practices and inbreeding that plagues this specific breed of dog, this gives you the best chance for a healthier dog. A healthier dog is also likely to be more expensive than one from an unethical breeder.
Oldest Living English Bulldog
The Facebook group page “The Oldest Bulldogs Around the World” shares information on English Bulldogs. It has for 8 years and over. There have been a few reports by Bulldog owners of dogs who have turned 16 this past Spring (2019).
One owner from Cleveland, Ohio, USA, self-reported that her dog, Oliver, lived to an incredible 20 years of age and passed away in January 2018.
Ronda Hetz says
My Mazy is 6.5.
She is my support. She has unfortunately become anti social after moving to the country. I would love to turn this around. But can no longer take her to the city because of her anxiety and breathing issues if she’s excited. Any helpful advice around people we bring to the home is welcome. She’s very aggressive now of her home. We just lost her Doberman brother. Who she got along with most of the time if toys were not involved. We are thinking of another, but dont want her to hurt it. She’s 100% English with all the papers. She is however to smart. Lol She can learn anything in less than 2 trys. If she feels like doing it is another story.
My English bulldog is 11 on Sunday he is still full of life and loves going for a run with my other dog which is a staffie they are inseparable
Carol Allan says
My baby girl Mila is now 12 years and little over 2 months.
She still plays but slowing down now. She is eating drinking and clean had few accidents. She is deaf, sight is going slowly has a plate in one leg. She still has great sense of smell and I always say she wrapped up in cotton wool. She is happy and living a good life . Love her so much and I know she loves me and has cuddles every day. I feel blessed every day I have her.
Marlaina Dawahoya-Sine says
i got my girl for xmas she is 9 months old. I love her and her brothers so much (an American pit, a Doberman shepard and a cattle dog). Just reading up on making sure I am caring for her correctly. My husband and I don’t have children BUT we have our fur babies our little family.
My sweet baby girl named angel is at the moment 13 years, 3 and a half months old. I’m so happy to have had her by my side for this long but she is quickly aging and her health is going down but she’s still hanging in there like a hair in a biscuit. Even though she’s elderly, and only 60 pounds she still puts my 1 year old 85 pound pit bull on notice lol. She keeps him in check!
Ron Stewart says
My English Bulldog Buster is 12 years 2 months. Some arthritis in front legs. Otherwise he’s pretty healthy. I think the 8 year average is because of early health issues from questionable breeders.
Our Lola is age 13 years & 2 months. I actually found & rescued her. She was very sick with a sunburn, weeping ears & eye ulcers. After her first heat we were told she she had a mixed litter of puppies. We got her spayed & the vet helped us nurse her back to health. Lola is SO stubborn but the sweetest soul. Every day we still have with her is a gift.💕
Ted Debiak says
Our English Bulldog will turn 16 years in June. Is she the current oldest bull dog in America ?
Not sure any of your US “English” bulldogs are just that. I’m English, live in England and have 2 bulldogs, both of which have 5 generation provenance of being English Bulldogs. You guys forget easily how young your country is, to us 400yrs is nothing in our history while the US only existed for the natives and Danes. Are they really true 100% English bulldogs or a watered down US version???
I live in England my bulldog is 11 on Sunday and he is a proper English bulldog 👍
I imagine US Bulldogs could be as watered down as us Americans. But they do seem to look & behave like any English Bulldog. It doesn’t matter to me, but I’m not a breeder. I’ve had them since childhood & adore these sweeties.
My Delilah just turned 7 in January! With the help of some angels and beings my baby is pretty healthy. A couple of minor common things but otherwise very healthy! I thank god for sending her my way everyday!!! She came at the perfect time in my life! N
Chunky just turned 10. So loved him, I promised the person I got him from I would give him cheesy squeezes everyday. I kept my promise and although Chunky would give me the look every time I told him that I knew he knew I loved him more than the day before. I did tons of reading before I got him, I wanted to be prepared to give him the longest life I could provide knowing all of their issues. I don’t think I can live without a bulldog very long. I have read people have their fur kids for 13-16 years. Where did you get your puppies? Obviously between genetics and care and love they can break the statistics.
I pray for longevity. God bless and many more happy and healthy years for your baby.
I have a Chunky Too!!!!! He is 4 and I too got him from someone else. He is a squishy love bug 💙🐾
My bulldog is 10, I adopted him last year. He’s stubborn, bossy, and the light of my life. I do set boundaries with him but then I give in because he’s an old man and has earned the right to have things as he sees fit! He wears a diaper while in the house otherwise he’d pee on all of my chairs. He eats loads of veg and especially enjoys spinach. He’s the light of my life.
Bea's Mom says
My English Bulldog Beatrice will be 11 in March, 2022. She’s a stinker and a diva. She’s the worst dog ever, but I truly do love her. Honestly, she’s a nightmare. She barks at my guests when she’s ready for them to go home, she barks the entire time we’re having a meal, she hates other dogs and acts like Cujo on our walks, and she is bossy, bossy, bossy. She gives us side-eye constantly to see if we’re doing what she wants to do. She’s always had bladder issues, so she wears a diaper every night, and she always manages to get out of it. When she was two she had her tail amputated because she had a severe screw-tail. She has cherry eye which re-emerged after corrective surgery. She is on a veterinary diet for kidney failure, but her numbers are good. I think she’s going to live forever because only the good die young lol. I really do love her dearly, but my god, she’s not anything like the sweet, stubborn bulldogs I grew up with as a child.
She sounds delightful. I just lost mine and he was a character just like Beatrice. I miss him terribly…
We are on our second English Bulldog and have been extremely lucky (or smart with breeder choice I guess?). Our first bulldog Spike was 13 when he passed, he had a stroke at 11 and had some face droop but other than that was healthy. Porkchop, our current bulldog is nearly 13 now and doesn’t have any real health problems other than being old. He moves less but has his bursts, he has always been his own stubborn little man.
My boy turned 11 this past June, he has some medical issues but we are taking it day by day and he’s doing good ,he definitely still knows how to play me as my husband says 🙂 he still loves to play with his toys , eat treats etc. We have been through a lot together , and as he’s getting older I try to enjoy each day we have together , I can’t even imagine my life without him .My husband and I always jokingly say that he’ll be the longest living bulldog because he’s so stubborn he’ll love to be around just to cost us more money , I don’t care what the cost I would love that ❤️
George Vassey says
God bless you both and your precious bulldog.My wife and I had a beautiful bulldog, Maggie, who lived almost 12 years and was the light of our life as we never had children.She has been gone now for 7 years and yet she lives in our hearts forever, always with eyes full of love.
My Chloe just passed. She was 13 and some weeks. She had many of the aforementioned health issues listed here. The last 6 months her energy level had slowed down and was not able to walk without assistance so she went to heaven yesterday. I am heartbroken. Very difficult decision to make , but her quality of life had deteriorated so much. Loyal, affectionate, so loving. I miss her so deeply, my heart hurts so.
I got my English Bulldog, named Bowser, when he was about 6 months old from a relative who could no longer keep him. Of course I fell in love with him. He is gorgeous and sweet and funny and so lovable. He has had some health issues particularly with his stomach and is on i/d special food from the vet. He went on this when he was about a year old. He is now 11 years old. I am so happy to still have him with me and and thankful every day he is here because I know his breed does not live very long. He still seems to be in pretty good health just a little slower. So don’t let the statistics bring you down about your bully’s expected lifespan. That’s all I have to say I enjoyed others stories and the best to all of you and your special pet.
Winston and Churchill, brothers from the same litter and best of buds. The boys brought so much joy to our household. Jumping on the trampoline, napping in front of the woodstove and always available for cuddles. We lost Winnie vat age 12 and Churchill turned 14 today. So blessed 🥰.
Good Saturday 3 rd morn’n of July. Reading about the English bull dogs life expectancy being between 6 to 8 years is so unfortunate. I certify this breed has the most gentle and loving personality that you can only imagine. We had an English bull dog and his name is “Poseidon” 🔱 Unfortunately Poseidon passed a few weeks ago and lived exactly 12 years and 3 months. We dearly loved Poseidon. Meeting new friends taking him out on cool days at Colonial Williamsburg’s one mile one way starting from the Wren building of William and Mary college and walking on Duke of Gloucester street. So funny , you can hardly walk with MR”P” a few yards or so , before he got attention with other k-9’s, locals and tourist. It’s something about this breed everyone loves… We trusted Poseidon sleeping with our young grandchildren.He loved his treats and lived for food. We always gave him filtered water due to a high calcium rate in our tap water. Normal check ups with the Vet.. he knew when he was going in for a checkup, he would walk straight to the scales that gave use an accurate digital weight. So funny.. Please give your Bull dog good food, we use Chewy’s and with age appropriate food throughout life. Make sure to keep the weight within the normal weight for this breed. Also keep dental chews and gave daily to keep the the teeth pearly white. In summary with this short testimonial of our Poseidon & all his brothers and sisters all over the world! Please provide, good water, good food, good dental hygiene, exercise , on cool mornings and late evenings. This breed cannot stand heat and humidity. Also, regular Checkups with your Vet. My final note to this text message is, We where fortunate to have “Poseidon”so long and can say, he came into this world with nothing but unconditional love and BEST memories of 12 years and 3 months that we shared together and will live from within our hearts. Hopefully see him on the other we will see him on the other side,when that time comes. May the peace within Jesus be with you and All the breeds, especially the “English Bull dogs”, forever more. John, from Williamsburg, Va.
BRUCE MARAIS says
SADEST DAY OF MY LIFE TODAY , WE JUST LOST OUR PRECIOUS COCO WHO WAS 9 YEARS OLD .
I DONT KNOW HOW TO COME TO TERMS WITH KNOWING THAT MY DOG IS NO LONGER THERE WAITING AT THE FRONT DOOR WHEN I COME HOME , ITS LIKE A KNIFE HAS BEEN THRUST IN ME, THE PAIN OF LOOSING HER .i AM GOING TO MISS HER SO MUCH , REST IN PEACE COCO AND REMEMBER WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU .
Reading your post made me cry, I have two bullies, Eren and Levi, turning five this May, i hugged them for you and your coco, I understand your sadness, I lost my Saint Bernard in 2008, every now and then, I remember my Suzy
My bulldog will be 14 this June. I can see her start to struggle with some things.Occasionally her back legs give out on her but she can’t wait to go for her walk every day. She has such an adorable personality and fitting for a bulldog she is bull headed. It’s her way when she wants, if she wants. If she gets mad at you she goes and faces a corner and refuses to acknowledge you. Each year on her birthday she gets birthday hat and a cupcake of her very own. She is my best little buddy.
My Brindle and Benny both made it to 12 years of age. They were healthy most of their life until they passed away from bloat. I had them mostly on a raw chicken diet with the bones. They also loved raw gizzards and sardines. I supplemented a grain free dog food too. Surprisingly, they both loved the water and could swim without lifejackets. I miss my fur babies terribly.
Our Bo (11.5) is not just a dog. He is so intelligent. He stares into my eyes and tells me how he feels. I’ve never had a dog, who had the deep soul that my precious Bo does. And God healed him miraculously when I had back surgery and lived in a new environment. Bo was having breathing issues. I prayed for three days and nights from my bed that God would open up one of his nostrils and HE did! A few years later he had to have surgery to remove excess skin in his throat. The vet immediately said, ” that dog had surgery to open a nostril; and I informed him it was a miracle. We’re praying for another miracle now. My Bo has a tumor on his spleen and it’s painful if you touch him in a certain way in his abdomen. We ask your prayers for another healing miracle for our sweet boy.
Sending prayers your way, I totally understand. Mine is my rock, my best friend, my companion and my healer. He is going to the vets today for his wellness visit, he will be 9 in April and starting to show it. Good luck and keep me posted. God bless
Awwe. Thank you so much! We’re taking him to a specialist February 8. Hope your baby’s check up went well!🙏❤️
I am so overwhelmed with all your beautiful stories. Some sad and painful and others happy and joyful. That being said, my Apollo turned 1 today (March 25, 2021). He’s our baby and we love him soooo much. When We got him, he was 3 weeks old and had a bad case of parasites. Vet put him back on track in 2 weeks. Then at 2 months a car pinched his right hind leg. Fortunately, he only spent 1 day in hospital. When he turned for months, he got a severe case of cherry eye in both eyes. He got corrective surgery and fully recovered in 10 weeks. When he turned 7 months, his right knee gave out and Apollo began limping. That broke my heart. I asked myself why such a beautiful puppy was going through all the issues I had been warned about. So, knee surgery came about and he recovered quickly (2 months). My baby is now a year old and in good health (knock on wood). Despite my 3 kids and my wife caring for him so well, he always wants to be where I am in the house. He’s not only my baby, he’s my best friend and buddy. I really hope he lives a long and healthy life. He’s a good doggy. I know what he says to me when we stare into each other’s eyes. He’s a good kid. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful stories. Apollo says hi to all of you and your EBDs, whether living or in doggy heaven.
Our English Bulldog Gertie would turn 15 on the 8th of this month. Sadly today I have to have her put down. She has been healthy all of her life until this past year. She had two cancers removed. And it really has been down hill since then. My heart is breaking today.
My deepest condolences! Mine is 10 now and I’m starting to get concerned, the mere thought of it is so unsettling. She is still very healthy and active and I hope she will keep that way for long. Again, my heart goes for you and your family for the departure of beloved Gertie. May she rest in her best snores.
Praying for your Comfort & healing For your broken heart. I have no doubts we will spend eternity in paradise with our beloved animals and we will all be healthy and free!🙏💖
sue pulford says
My Princess is 12 July 2008. She is the most loving dog you could ask for. I have taken care of her like a baby since we rescued her. I keep up on health issues,and she goes to the chiropractor and massage which is really helping her back legs and hips. She has had a few surgeries but is doing well.
Our Bastion turned 12 today (24 November 2020). Poor boy has bad arthritis and although be loved his walks, it has not been possible for the last three months now as he does not have the strength in his legs anymore. We love him to bits and do all our friends and family. Although the body is slowing down, his mind still wants to do ashok the things he used to do. (Llewellyn, from South Africa)
Jim Higbee says
My girl, Emmy Lou, will be 12 on August 8. She is truly the love of my life. She had surgery to correct her palette and enlarge her nostrils due to serious breathing issues when she was 7 1/2 but other than the occasional UTI she’s pretty healthy except that she has nearly gone blind. She gets around great, even in the yard, with an occasional assist to get reoriented. Her appetite is good and she absolutely loves her butt scratches. Every day with her is a gift and I know I’ll never have a better friend than she’s been.
My girls Miss K will be 13 tomorrow . She has had a few eye issues and she has kidney issues . I cook for her and give her kidney care dry dog food. She’s doing very well. She is the sweetest dog you can possible imagine.
I understand about our EBD being the loves of our lives!
Michael Vensky says
Our female English Bulldog was born 11-Mar-2009, so she’s 11 right now. She is having some rear leg problems, the surgeon said she would be too much at risk to recover from the surgery.
We’ll keep her comfortable and safe. Like all owners I think our Elizabeth is the best looking English Bulldog in the world.
I have just lost my English Bulldog Bosun to Heart Failure.
He was healthy right to the last week and when he past, he was 11.5 years old.
He never had any serious health problems and was 35kg all his life.
We miss him terribly, but such a wonderful time we had with him.
Bob Palazzi says
Our Boomer is 12 years old. Happy and Healthy. No serious health issues although he does have the occasional mild seizure. His brother max passed last year at 11. Our Maxx was another story. He had major seizures and was on meds most of his life. We miss him so much.
Our English Bulldog “Bruiser” is a little over 14 and lately has been having breathing problems and problems with his legs, all four, and can’t really stand without some assistance. He eyesight is poor but if you put your hands around his mouth he will tear it off if he thinks it’s food, needless to say, he has a great appetite. He has over the years been a pretty healthy dog and now we are all worried about his current state, He is an awesome loving dog and we are heart broken that we are going to have to make a decision so he does not suffer.
Pattie V. Herman says
I have 4 English Bulldogs(EB). Rubie (our matriarch) 9 years+2mth. Baxter (Rubies’s son) 5 1/2 years old. Baxter’s daughter (Raven) 11 month old and Lillie a girl we brought in from NZ (3 years old). Knock on wood, our bulldogs have been healthy. Rubie has joint problems and we have been giving her adequan (sp) shots once a month.
It takes me 1 hours to care for them in the morning and 1 hour in the evening. We start this routine from the day they are born. Clean folds, brush their teeth, clean eyes, nose butter on their nose, clean their back side and their tails(one has a cork screw trail so need to go in deep). Yes we do this twice a day. This is a great chance to bond with them and feel them out to make sure there are no abnormalities on their bodies. Vet check regularly. Our Vet can not believe how white, healthy their teeth are and how clean their folds are. Every Saturday(once a week) we clip and drummel their nails and bath them. Again need to start when they are young so they start liking these events. Yes to have EB is a passion. They are definitely NOT like having other breeds. You also need $$$$ for vet bills and emergency funds just in case. EB has my breed for a long time and I would not change it for the world. Some of my past EBs have had most issues mentioned in this article. Trust me it’s not an exaggeration. Top Breeder, Maintenance and Care are critically important.
Hello! I have a beautiful 5.5-year-old Ginger, I take care of her good, but last year she suffered from allergy, a was so many time in a hospital, steroid, antibiotics, you named, now she is at ZD food, lost weight, I don’t know what to do, very upset.
Georgia E West says
Try purina pro plan sensitive skin sensitive stomach .. it is AWESOME!
This is what we feed our Lulu as well. We feed her multiple times a day to keep her stomach calm and control the portions. It helps with her allergies, she also takes a steroid and benedryl daily.
We make our dogs’food:skinless &boneless salmon with mixed vegetables. Our pug mix’s itching totally stopped for the First time ever, even after we’ve been using all the “marketing” sensitive foods, there was still something in them that caused her itching. now that we’re making all their foods at home: no more itching. We just use huge bags of frozen mixed vegetables & microwave them with the pre-measured cans of salmon and our English bulldog is losing weight and they all seem healthier. We give them berries for treats & sometimes small carrots so they have a variety. 🙏❤️
My English Bulldog Bubbles has been through it since she was a puppy. We had her only 27 days and I happened to look out my upstairs window and saw her drowning in our pool. Our teenage daughter left her alone and had forgotten she was watching her. We rushed her to ER and got there I. The nick of time. She had to be on oxygen for a few days and we had to move her every night and morning between the vets that were open. On the 3 rd day I called UC DAVIS ER in California, it’s like the STANFORD HOSPITAL only for pets. They were the best. They even offered to send an ambulance to come get her because she couldn’t be off oxygen for even a minute or she wouldn’t make it. And we were 2 hrs away. She finally was able to get off oxygen after a week of 24/7 ICU. Then she 2. She got a serious kidney infection and ended up in UC DAVIS in ICU for 8 weeks on 4th of July, the first time. IN California UC DAVIS is like Stanford Hospital but for pets. It’s 2 hours from our home and I drove there every day of those 6 weeks. I was so worried that she would feel like she had been abandoned. This is a long story of my Bubby’s health issues. She had stones and her kidney was the size of a football. They put in a stint, removed her spleen, and also spayed her. It was touch and go for the first month. Then she was moved to Critical Care for 2 more weeks, then basic Hospital for another 2 weeks. Finally after 2 months in the hospital our girl came home. 1 year to the week she got sick again, vomiting, very high fever. Back to UC DAVIS we go and she was in ICU again, more Kidney stones and a bad infection. This time they did some surgery on her bladder and removed the stones and was in for 3 weeks. About 5 months later she got a screw tail and had to have her tail amputated. Another week in the hospital. My poor girl has been through soo much. Again like clockwork Bubbles was sick again on the 4th of July and back we go to DAVIS. Now we had to make the decision to have them remove 1 of her Kidneys, only way to save her life. 4 yrs old and she’s been in the hospital constantly. They did the removal and she was in the ICU for another week. She made it through everything and was home about 6 weeks and she got ulcers on her eyes and had to have eye surgery on both eyes. My husband didn’t feel good about the eye hospital and an hour into the surgery the doctor called and said that she went “Code Blue” during the surgery but that she made it, she came back. Since then Bubbles has been totally healthy with the exception of some ear infections. She’s going to be 9 on Cinco De Mayo and I thank GOD every day for making sure she made it back to me. I couldn’t imagine what I would ever do without her. I love her more than mere words can ever say. Thank also Trupanion pet insurance, they paid over 90% of everything well over $50,000. FYI everyone I found a dog food that not only clears up skin issues but actually makes her rarely ever pass has and when she does it doesn’t smell.
Thanks for listening and sharing your stories. I love reading them
What dog food do you give her? Our girl had terrible gas. Thanks
Barry W Pealstrom says
Royal Canine bulldog, game changer
My english bulldog is 13 years old.
I think I’m losing him now.
Don’t know what to do.
Jerry Langley says
Thank God For Your Pets Long Life Span. Oh What I Would Give To Have My Beloved Winston Back. Such A Wonderful Pet! We Lost Winston At 6 Yrs Of Age. It Was A Sad Day. We Still Love The English Bulldogs. Best Of Luck.
Janet R Haskett says
My english bulldog Sugar turned 14 last month. She has been deaf for a few years now. She just had one eye removed from an abrasion that quickly escalated to the point of no return, but she is adjusting well. She has hip and knee problems, but still gets around great, she just doesn’t go anywhere quickly. I can’t imagine not having her with me, she is just the best and I love her dearly.
My Theo is 12, unfortunately he was diagnosed with a stage 3 MCT two weeks ago. We are exploring options but due to his age and the severity of his tutor we are limited.
Kalyn Kratz says
My Olde English Bulldogge Chopper is 17 and doing really well. He is prone to ear problems but since i switched his diet and we started cleaning his ears with an antifunfal from the vet hes doing great.
Frank lucas says
Hi kalyn, I was happy to read your English bulldog chopper is 17 and doing well. I have a 5 year old healthy precious benglish bulldog named chunky.. please tell me what you feed your bull dog. Thanks Frank Lucas
John S. says
Obviously I’m really late posting this, but Kalyn’s dog is not an English bulldog, he’s an Olde English Bulldogge. That is a different breed. Similar in some respects (smushed face), but longer legs, leaner.
Rachael Li says
We have 2 English Bulldogs. Our oldest is an 11 year old male and our female is 3 years old. Max and Molly are in great health! Both English Bulldogs are free feeders too!
Gina vaughn says
My sweet Rosie is celebrating her 13th birthday today! She is still active and in very good health. I also have another olde English bulldog who turned 9 in September.
I just lost my little Maggie Thatcher she passed this Christmas Day , It’s bloody brutal she was 6 yrs 8 mos.Bless her cotton socks
We lost our boy on Friday just gone. He was 6 years 7 months. We thought we had a lot more time with him. Devastated.
Rafael Diaz says
My English Bulldog died yesterday December 5th 2019.. his Birthday was on February 8th 2017.. he was about to turn 3.. he was going to have eye surgery and when they gave him medication at the vet he started vomiting everything even though we follow orders of not giving food or water 10pm or later the day before! when they did x rays on him one of his lungs was fully white! meaning bad! sadly he never got better! he stayed overnight at the vet and he just didn’t make it! i’m destroyed.. i loved him so much and he changed my life in so many ways! it’s hard to be in my house without his barks! snoring, chewing toys etc etc.. my life will never be the same without him. NEVER! I love you KOBE😢
We lost our English Bulldog, Beef 3 days ago, November 26, 2019. It was a typical morning; I would go to our dogs bedroom to feed and walk our little Frenchie, Stitch while my wife got ready for work, then she would feed and walk our bulldog, Beef, while I got ready for work. Unfortunately, I realized he passed away and notified my wife. It was a total shocker to see him lifeless and a sad thanksgiving for our family. He had the typical bulldog issues we was aware of and we made sure he visited the veterinarian when ever he was in need, but it did not matter, he lived for only 8 years and 5 months. We will miss him dearly.
Anthony Holston says
Hi my olde english female is roxy and I got her 10 years ago . She has been everything. My best friend my truck alarm my pillow and blanket my service dog vacuum but most of all my savior. Roxy saved my life by jumping into my pool and pulled me back out after attempting to commit suicide. I am a disabled veteran and lost my everything for a while but Roxy wanted me to stick around. Over 9 years later now she is 16.5 years old and not doing so well. She will be up above very soon and its killing me but she sure has had an awesome life. Treat your dog like you want to be treated and that dog will live for ever. I know Roxy will never ever be forgotten.
Thank you, I had to let that out. Roxy is still alive but not much more she has valley fever and full blown upper respiratory failure. Please pray for her to fall asleep happy . I love you roxy. You will always be my big girl!
Your story about Roxy really touched my heart. She sounds like an amazingly smart and devoted girl. My husband was in the Army for 24 years and was medically retired after being injured in combat. He had always wanted an English Bulldog and I surprised him 6 1/2 years ago with our beautiful girl Izzy. She has changed our lives and we have never had a fur baby that we loved more….She is our everything. There are days I don’t think he would be here without her. She helps him with his PTSD and anxiety and is so loving and loyal to us all. She is the perfect mix of 1/2 Daddy’s girl and 1/2 Mama’s girl…. She makes us BOTH feel as if she loves us exclusively! She’s starting to get older and signs of her age are creeping up on her. I long to have her stay as long as you’ve had your sweet Roxy and we’re doing everything we can to make sure she stays healthy. They are an amazing breed aren’t they?
Thank you so much for your story about Roxy I hope that somehow she’s still holding on 2 months later from your post. She sounds like a special girl and I’m so happy you found one another My thoughts are with you and Roxy. Sending you much love.
Our English Bulldog, Bailey, is 11 years old today! 🎈
Diana tait says
My English bulldog,Karma was 11 years and 3 months.He just pass away last night. I feel like I lost a child and my life feels so empty without him.
Meg Austwick says
I’m sorry for your loss, Diana. He sounds like he was a really special companion. Meg
Donn Layne says
My dog Mo will be 10 in early January..I am almost 83..I hope I die first
mindy sheikh says
Our English Bulldog, Jack, turned 7years old this past July. ❤️
Robert Coe says
We lost our Boomer recently at age 10. Could see some failing in the last few months. When we rescued him at age 5 our vet said he had every congenital problem that Bulldogs can have. He was active (for a bulldog) and happy until he went to sleep one day and didnt wake up. Hope they are successful in improving the health of this breed because they make wonderful pets.
JOY GREEN says
My English Bulldog Yoda has been with us for 10 1/2 years. We are so thankful that he is still with us. He has had a few surgeries in his life time. The last one was difficult due to his age and anesthesia post op issues. Thank God for pet insurance. Love my bully!!
Bella will be 7 on Halloween. She is starting to have problems with her left hip. When’s she is laying down and tries to stand up. Her left leg doesn’t support her. After a few steps then she’s ok. I’ve had Bella since she was two weeks old. She was the runt, but has always been healthy. She’s always weighed around 37 lbs. she has a dry eye and elevated pressure in both eyes. She struggles jumping on or off the couch now. I don’t want her to ever pass away.
The oldest living dog was 29 years old and was on a diet of rice, chickpeas, beans, lentils, and organic vegetables his whole life. Combined with exercise and periodic red/white meat maybe once a week, I’m hopeful my bully will live long too. I’m trying this diet and I’m aware of the numerous studies showing massive health benefits of 80% vegetable 20% meat diets.
Our sweet English bulldog, Talullah, is 13 years old. She’s been a very healthy girl with no issues. Recently she has slowed down a lot and she sleeps much more. We’ve been tremendously lucky with Talullah and we hope she stays healthy and hangs in there with us as long as possible.
I have 2 English Bulldogs. One is 9 and the other is 10. I have noticed both of them sleeping a lot more lately. I have had a few growths removed from their toes and legs. No other health issues.
I got my first dog, an english Bulldog, about a year ago. Lulu is he’s not quite how I imagined an English Bulldog. My casual experience with other people’s English Bulldogs before her had been as universally friendly.
Lulu on the other hand is usually very loving but can get angry with me too.. If I go to leave the dog park before she wants she lets me know she’s mad.. If we go into the beach and a stray too far in the water she’ll let me know she’s mad. She doesn’t bite me but she acts like she would. If you saw her and didn’t know her at that moment you’d think she was rabid.
Luly is much more human-like than I thought a dog to be. She seems to have the full gambit of emotions. Happy, angry, sad, bored, curious, playful, scared, surprised, and even embarrassed. Makes me love her even more.
I don’t really think of her as dog most of the time. It feels like she’s a little child that never grows up. I think of her as family. I came to these page by randomly googling life expectancy of bulldogs. I don’t know if I did the right thing or not because now I’m crying at the thought of one day losing her.
Donna White says
Our bulldog Archie will be 9 this year. He has never had any health problems. Our previous bulldog, Zeke, unfortunately had all kinds of problems with his skin, his ears, his eyes. But we gave him the best of care, including regular veterinary care, and he lived to be 11 years old.
Leigh Byas says
Our Bullseye passed away on fathers day in my husbands arms from BLOAT (gastric dilatation and volvulus), it was very quick and he was 11 Years 3 months old, we had never had any problems with his health before and it was extremely quick – we miss him dearly and are thankful for his happy healthy life up until the early hours of Sunday. Please make sure you know enough about this killer so that you don’t go through what he went through and the grief we feel now. Bullseye always had his very good health, no allergies or illnesses so we were lucky.
Cindy Ann says
My Frankie is a heritage Bulldogge and he has no issues really at all. He had an ear infection but that was four years ago, he has alopecia but that is common in Bulldog/gges. He has an amazing breeder who wanted to get the breed back to it’s original, healthier state so he looks very much like a huge boxer, he’s 120 pounds. He will be 6 in October and we hope he is around all long as possible. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog I have ever had and he is not our pet, he is a part of our family. We love him beyond words.
My English Bulldog, Harley, is 5 years old. He had no medical issues up to 4 years old when he exhibited a skin condition that I believe was allergy related. The doctor gave me ointment to put on the trouble spots. Eventually it went away. This year, over two months, he had an eye infection, ear infection, bladder stones, and skin condition on his paws that I was told are caused by ingrown hairs (I suspect allergies again). I was also shown an X-ray that suggests he will have hip joint issues lending towards arthritis. He is an indoor dog that goes for checkups on a regular basis so this all came as a surprise. The vet prescribed Hills Urinary Care dry dog food for the bladder stones and a bag of various prescriptions for the rest. If diet does not clear the stones, surgery will cost approximately $2,500. This recent experience was a real eye opener as to what an English Bulldog can encounter over his lifespan. I hope he will live at least the average age range. Outside the health issues….English Bull dogs are the best dog ever! Anyone interested in this breed should understand the potential health issues and obligations before adoption.
My Bulldog Lex had cystinuria. Via a study at U Penn veterinary university we discovered neutering stopped the cystine stones and Crystal’s. However he also had to be on Thiola for 2 years before we discovered that neutering clears this issue (mastiff breeds) we kept him on a ph7 home cooked diet. He had the neuter surgery at 7yrs old and lived stone free until he passed away at 11.2.years old.
I resued my bulldog, Petunia, just before she turned 2. Her owners were not prepared for severe allergies and other issues. She is now a happy, spoiled, healthy 8 year old.
Lori / Craft says
If anyone knows of a honest breeder,,, near Westchester Co. NY,PLEASE FACEBOOK me Lori Craft, really appreciate it, in memory of our Mocca-Bella, English Bull dog.
Rolando Santos says
Bentley died at 10 and Churchill is still alive. He’ll be 13 in April. Not sure why these surveys talk about such a short life pans. Most people ive talked to that have had bulldogs say they lived to between 10 and 14 years. Churchill has a hard time walking but everything else is fine.
Marcy Hess says
I have 2 dear sweet
English Bulldogs. My 8.5 year old male has lots of severe allergies and my heart breaks for him. Any suggestions for some natural/alternative healing for constant ear infections, skin lesions and fungal feet. He had surgery for his eyes which was a huge mistake. So sorry I ever did it.
My english bulldog is 12.5 years old and has skin and ears problems too. I am feeding her with holistic brand with no carbs,grains. Additional I cook chicken breast with garlic, zucchini and cauliflower or broccoli and mix with dry food. Her skin got much better and ears too. I am adding plain yogurt to every meal (1 teaspoon), little bit coconut oil in the morning and flax oil in 2nd meal. She eats 2x a day and won’t miss her meal ?. Her skin got really better, ears too but mostly skin.
My bully will be 13 in May. I’ve had him since he was 6. He’s constantly had skin and ear infections until I switched him to this new food quite by accident. A couple of months after being on the food I realized his reoccurring skin problems had completely cleared up and 5 mths since still no reoccurrence and his ear yeast infections have also cleared up to be almost non existent. It’s Costco brand Natures Domain the Salmon and Sweet Potato and I’ve also given them the Turkey option
Hi! Our bulldog is 11 years and 2 months! He had the exact same problems! After the dr suggested medications we spoke with our “dog” store. They recommended bison canidae dog food brand. It was like magic! Oliver has not had allergies and has been healthy! It is a bit expensive but well woth it in the long run! It certainly surpised our vet, but she was happy to see it worked for his horrible allergies! Good luck!
Ive saw a YouTube video of a guy who uses apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and sprays the dogs body and rub it in and let it sit for about 5 mins or so then give his dog a bath after. He also rubs his dogs paw with the apple cider vinegar to prevent infections on the paw from walking on rough ground. Im pretty sure you can rub some apple cider on the infected ear and it will help clean it out.
I have one very bad allergies my vet order for him Z D food he is very good condition now
My dog age 13 years old
My English Bulldog Bentley just passed away from Cancer 4 days ago. But he was 11 years and 1 month old. We feel blessed we had our sweet boy that long. And he really never had any health issues at all so we were very fortunate for that. His personality was the best! I wish this breed would live to be 15 at least!
My English Bulldog, Coby, turned 13 years old on April 9. He has slowed down significantly over the past few years, but he is still hanging in there. I know not many live to see their 13th birthday, so I am so thankful for the extra time I get to share with him!