English Bulldog

breed information

The medium-sized, muscular English Bulldog may not be a typical lap dog, but their friendly, personable nature means they are often game to sneak in a snuggle.

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  • average size

    50-55 lbs

  • lifespan

    8-10 years

  • features

    Brachycephalic, thick neck, heavy wrinkles

  • coat

    Short, fine textured

  • energy level

    Low to moderate

  • temperament

    Affectionate, friendly, gentle

  • weather tolerance

    Vulnerable to hot and cold conditions

  • health concerns

    Hip dysplasia, Brachycephalic syndrome, skin fold dermatitis, aortic stenosis

breed history

breed history
overall breed history

This popular breed originated in the British Isles and got their “bull” prefix from their association with bull baiting.

temperament
temperament

Though English Bulldogs were first bred to be ferocious fighting dogs, the end of bull baiting marked the start of a new era for the breed. Today they are known as gentle, family-friendly pets.

activity level
activity level

Moderate activity best suits the English Bulldog. They enjoy short walks followed by a comfortable nap.

maintenance
maintenance

The English Bulldog's short coat means they do not require frequent grooming, but because of their wrinkles, they do require frequent wrinkle cleaning. Maintaining good health habits helps keep this breed in top-dog condition.

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COMMON HEALTH ISSUES

condition risk average cost Petplan paid*
hip dysplasia very high $1,850 $1,565
keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) high $520 $368
skin fold dermatitis high $350 $215
brachycephalic syndrome moderate $1,617 $1,355
aortic stenosis high $5,000 $4,400
    • risk

      very high

    • average cost

      $1,850

    • Petplan paid*

      $1,565

    • risk

      high

    • average cost

      $520

    • Petplan paid*

      $368

    • condition

      skin fold dermatitis

    • risk

      high

    • average cost

      $350

    • Petplan paid*

      $215

    • risk

      moderate

    • average cost

      $1,617

    • Petplan paid*

      $1,355

    • risk

      high

    • average cost

      $5,000

    • Petplan paid*

      $4,400

*90% reimbursement plan with $100 annual deductible

 

claim calculator

  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)

bulldog pet insurance

Although a popular canine companion, English Bulldogs are also prone to chronic and hereditary health conditions that can quickly lead to unexpected veterinary bills — and an unexpected strain on your budget.

all in the genes

Genetics play a big roll in a pure breed Bulldog's health profile, which can result in congenital and hereditary conditions such as brachycephalic syndrome and hip dysplasia, a painful disease which causes deformation of the hip's ball and socket joint.

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over 71%

of English Bulldogs showed signs of hip dysplasia*

According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, over 71% of English Bulldogs surveyed from 1974–2016 showed signs of hip dysplasia.*

prepare for pup care

The easiest way to plan ahead for veterinary bills is with a comprehensive dog insurance policy which helps cover the costs of treating injuries and illnesses. With protection from Petplan, you can pursue the best treatments possible, with the peace of mind you'll always be covered.

$1,850
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$5,000+

average Cost of hip dysplasia treatment

On average, it can cost anywhere from $1,850 (on the low end) to $5,000 (or more!) to treat hip dysplasia in dogs.

reviews from bulldog pet parents

Petplan Rocks

"My English Bulldog, Daisy, got sick drinking stagnant water from a puddle and developed giardia. Of course, it took many vet visits to figure that out and we paid the vets over $2,000. Thanks to Petplan, we got $1,500 back. We couldn't be more thrilled with our coverage. Thank you Petplan, you rock!"

— Lisa E., via PetInsuranceReview.com

The best possible policy for my aging Bulldog

"My English Bulldog just turned 5, and so far has been very healthy. She is very athletic and active, especially given that genetically Bulldogs aren’t dealt the best hand, and this manifested for the first time recently with a torn ACL and meniscus, which required surgery to reconstruct her knee joint. Of the $4,900 I was billed, Petplan reimbursed $4,700. I can’t see there being a scenario where I wouldn’t have Petplan for my dog; it is my safety net and protection against life and old age."

— Tony S., via PetInsuranceReview.com

If you own a Bulldog, you need this insurance!

"I have two English Bulldogs, and one dislocated her knee when she was about 3 years old. The cost, out of pocket, was around $5,000. So we opted for Petplan pet insurance, and lo and behold, our other Bulldog tore his meniscus a few months later. I submitted my claim by fax, and within two weeks I received a check from Petplan. In the end, we spent about $1,000 out of pocket — a big relief after our previous vet bill! Thank you, Petplan, for your great customer service and no-hassle claims process!"

— Beth, via PetInsuranceReview.com

A must for Bulldogs

"Getting Petplan insurance was one of the best decisions I made when I brought my Bulldog Thor home at 8 weeks old. At about 10 months old, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He has since had both hips replaced (at about $7,000 each), had corrective eyelid surgery for entropion, and some other issues — all covered by Petplan. When my other Bulldog had to go to the ER twice for accidents, that was covered by Petplan, too. It’s good to have peace of mind that if a major expense comes up, I can put in an insurance claim and I won’t be hit by a major bill."

— Janel, via PetInsuranceReview.com

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

claim calculator

  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)