We’re always surprised at how many individuals believe that, by nature, English bulldogs are fat or they are supposed to be chunky. We’ve had four English bulldogs, all rock stars in unique ways. But the one consistent shared trait among them was that none of them were overweight.Granted, when people believe their breed should be hefty, they’re going to feed it more and hence, it will be overweight, meeting their expectations. In other words, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Bulldogs aren’t supposed to be fat and if they are, there are a number of problems that accompany that rolly-polly stature. Because of the bad genetics involved, the breed is already predisposed to knee injuries. In fact, all four of our bulldogs had knee surgery, and not a Michelin tire shape among them. A couple of tips to avoid some of the health issues associated with carrying around too much weight. Spread their food around so you can avoid having them gulp their food down too rapidly. We had one customer describe her bulldog as a “wood chipper” because she ate so fast. Try to avoid giving them ‘human’ food. Stick to a healthy diet and give them broccoli and other healthy foods. They’re omnivores, so they’ll surprise you in what they’ll eat. Keep them fit, lean, and you’ll get a few more years of companionship!
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