15 worst dog breeds for new pet owners
No. 12: Bulldog
The Bulldog is generally good-natured and his goofy, wrinkled mug certainly makes him lovable, but the breed’s heavy build and flat face make him particularly sensitive to heat, exercise and stress. He can’t swim, so if you have a pool, pond or spa, his access should be restricted. He is prone to a variety of health issues and some may say he’s challenging to train, but his fans don’t mind — his entertaining antics and laid-back attitude make up for it in the right home.
Emmy was my first dog, and she was probably the biggest challenge of my life. She seemed healthy if lethargic at first, but after a few weeks, Erin and I noticed she bad allergies and a habit of scratching. The scratching led us to a diagnosis of demodex mange, a condition that she was never fully cured of.
Erin spent a month in London a few months into our time with Emmy, and I spent the entire time fretting and doting over Emmy. I built charts of her outbreaks, I controlled her diet maniacally, and I had the vet on my speed dial (Heritage in Walkersville, MD— I heartily recommend em!).
Over time, Emmy became a new pup. She grew more playful, more energetic, and brighter-eyed. She was never truly healthy, but I think she was happy.
Bulldogs, particularly ones that have been neglected, are a lot to handle for a new dog owner, but it was the best thing I ever did.