Adopting an English bulldog is something that should be taken very seriously. Bulldogs are very popular. This adorable breed is ranked # 8 on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2009 Most Popular Dog List. Their sweet and gentle nature combined with their wonderfully soft faces and rolling gait make them irresistible to many. However, Bulldogs are quite expensive relative to many other dog breeds. The cost can be prohibitive for many families looking to add a bully to the mix. Naturally, many people view adopting a bulldog as an inexpensive way to get one. While the initial cost may be less than buying a bulldog from a respected breeder, the long-term costs can be enormous.
Because bulldogs are so popular and expensive, relatively healthy and socially adapted bulldogs have rarely been available for adoption. That said, with the recent economic downturn, there has been an increase in healthy, socialized bulldogs put up for adoption as people lose their homes. Generally, however, bulldogs with severe behavioral problems and / or serious medical problems are the dogs that are available for adoption. These dogs are still adorable and deserve an amazing home and should be adopted, but you should be aware that adopting a bulldog may not be the bargain you are looking for.
Where to look
If you are looking for a bulldog, look at the Bulldog Club of America (BCA). This is THE organization for bulldogs. This club has been around even longer than the American Kennel Club (AKC). The BCA is passionate about bulldog health and wellness.
The rescue arm of this organization is extraordinary! Please note that they only work with purebred bulldogs. Bulldog mixes can be found by searching other shelters such as the ASPCA. The BCA is extremely selective about who they allow to adopt their rescued dogs.
Be sure to check out other bulldog rescue organizations in your area.