How to Treat Tear Stains in English Bulldogs

Bulldog FaceAlthough English Bulldogs typically don’t require much in the way of  grooming, dogs with light coloring will sometimes develop reddish-brown tear stains in the folds of skin on their faces. If they’re not cleaned and removed, these stains can cause irritation and discomfort for your dog.

Here’s how to treat tear stains in English Bulldogs:

First, determine the source of the tearing. Allergic reactions to dust, smoke, pollen, food additives and chemicals can cause tearing in Bulldogs. Some amount of tearing is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about, but in some cases, a genetic condition can cause the eyelids to turn inward. This, in turn, can trigger excessive tear production when the eyelashes rub against the dog’s eye.

If this is the case, a minor surgical correction will solve the problem. Keep in mind, however, that it may reoccur as your dog’s head grows, particularly if he or she has a heavily wrinkled face. It’s important to have your vet monitor the condition, as it can cause eye ulcers and loss of sight if left untreated.

Tearing due to allergies or minor infections can be prevented by cleaning the area of your English Bulldog’s eyes regularly, including the wrinkles. Apply some peroxide to a cloth and gently clean the area, but avoid getting it in your dog’s eyes. You can also use little bit of Desitin baby ointment to create a barrier between the tears and fur to prevent staining, but be careful to use only a small amount, as it can stain furniture and clothing.

Interested in learning more about the English Bulldog breed? Check out the FAQ page on our website or give us a call at (405) 329-0066 today!

How Did the English Bulldog Become the Marine Corps Mascot?

Marine Corps MascotIf you love bulldogs as much as we do, you probably already know that the mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps is an English bulldog named Chesty. How much do you know about this time-honored tradition? Here’s how the English bulldog became the Marine Corps mascot:

All over the world, bulldogs are recognized as symbols of courage.

During World War I, the Marines fought with so much bravery and ferocity in the battle of Belleau Wood that their German adversaries reportedly called them teufel hunden, after the “devil dogs” found in Bavarian folklore. The nickname stuck even after the war.

A recruitment poster for the Marines prominently featured a bulldog wearing a United States helmet, chasing a dachshund in a German helmet. Thanks to the poster and the German nickname for the Corps, the bulldog soon became the mascot of the Marine Corps.

In 1922, Jiggs, the first official Marine Corps bulldog, joined the ranks. When he passed, four years later, he was buried in a ceremony with full military honors. The tradition of naming Marine Corps mascot bulldogs Chesty began in 1957, when the marine’s new mascot was named after Lt. General Lewis “Chesty” Puller. Today, Chesty XV has the honor of mascot service.

In truth, there’s simply no better breed to represent the Marine Corps than the loyal, tenacious bulldog. When you bring home an English bulldog of your own, you’ll soon discover the unique traits that have made this breed such a beloved figure among our nation’s servicemen. To learn more about our bulldog puppies, feel free to give us a call at (405) 329-0066 today!

How Much Exercise Does Your English Bulldog Need?

English Bulldog Exercise

How much exercise does your English bulldog need? This is a question many new dog owners ask us. Let’s take a closer look.

Just like their human companions, English bulldogs need regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. While many bulldogs are more inclined to relax on the couch than get out and move around, it’s important to establish exercise as a regular part of your pup’s routine.

All exercise isn’t created equal, however.

Due to their short, stocky build, bulldogs are generally better suited to endurance workouts instead of short sprints. Your English bulldog may not want to pound the pavement with you on your next run, but there are plenty of other ways to get her exercise in. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes a day of low-impact exercise, such as walking, playing fetch, gentle wrestling or tug of war.

Many bulldogs enjoy walking for miles at a time, and you can even find the occasional bulldog in agility competitions!

Make sure your English bulldog is hydrated at all times when exercising, paying particular attention in hot or humid weather. If your dog is tired, avoid pushing her to overexert herself. Let her rest and then begin again.

Looking for an English bulldog to welcome into your home? Cedar Lane Bulldogs is among the most reputable English bulldog breeders in Oklahoma, with more than 40 years of breeding experience. Above all else, we always breed for health and conformation. To learn more, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at (405) 329-0066 today!