I found this image particularly interesting as they referred to the UGAs -- this is how UGA has changed over the years...
Illustration by Agnese Bicocchi.
A) Uga I, 1956-66. B) Uga III, 1972-81. C) Uga V, 1990-99. D) Uga VIII, 2010-11.
Before I read the article I could definitely tell you that there are a lot of things you definitely need to take into consideration when getting a bulldog - 1. they're pricey - you should be prepared to pay a handful for a bulldog from a reputable breeder, if not - you're going to have some major issues down the road 2. they are pricey beyond the price-tag you pay for them - they are high maintenance dogs and you need to be prepared to take care of them. 3. they are filled with love (and gas). One of the first vets that saw Oliver used to always say "God didn't spend a lot of time on these creatures..." and while that has some truth, they truly are heaven sent. Also, what a lot of people don't realize is that they really are "man-made dogs" - the female dogs have to be artificially inseminated a lot of times and they have to have c-sections due to their heads being too big and then nursed by breeders after born due to laziness on the mothers part [in most cases, at least Oliver's]. I'm by no means a "bulldog expert" - just a bulldog lover. Here's a snippet from the article on that --
"Today bulldogs make for a paradoxical symbol of strength and valor. Diane Judy, a former bulldog breeder from Tennessee who bred the current Yale mascot, told me before her death last year that she “adores” bulldogs but no longer felt comfortable breeding them. “They aren’t athletic or especially healthy,” she said. “Most can’t have sex without help — they’re too short and stocky. Most can’t give birth on their own — their heads are too big. A breed that has trouble doing those two things is, by definition, in trouble.”
We were so so so fortunate that Ollie's first vet in the Berkshires was amazing (if you live within two hours of Copake, NY - you need to go to Copake Veterinary Hospital - they are the best vet group we've ever experienced and probably ever will experience). Before we left the Berkshires and moved south we had a few procedures done on Oliver - first, we had him neutered - he was almost a year old and we had been torn on breeding/showing him but realized that his health needed to be the priority and we had him snipped, while he was under we had a few other elective surgeries - his soft pallete was clipped (as referenced in the article) it was blocking his airway and he was throwing up water right after he drank, we also had his nostrils widened - which might sound strange but we were moving South to a warmer climate and didn't want him to get overheated as bulldogs often do and we had his hernia fixed (yup, he had a hernia - don't ask, no clue)... now I had a 30 minute phone conversation with the vet about a month before we left and he worked with me to get Oliver worked into their schedule so he would also have recovery time before we moved -- all costs associated with the surgery along with them keeping him overnight cost us a grand total of $500. The vet also told me that if we had waited until we got to Atlanta to have those surgeries done we could have added a "zero" to the end of that, which is a reality - it would have cost us at least $5,000 if we did it at our current vet, I can guarantee that. Again, we were very fortunate that Oliver hasn't had many health issues (knock on wood) other than his allergies - which have unfortunately reeked havoc on his skin/coat this past year... but I blame Georgia, not the breed. ;)
With that, if you have a bulldog or have any interest in bulldogs (or dogs in general) check it out the article, it's long but I found it extremely interesting.
okay. rant over.