Good quality dog food is a must (including treats). Bulldogs commonly have food allergies, so foods with high filler content (cheaper food) is not acceptable. In addition Bulldogs can easily become overweight and suffer from mobility and respiratory distress, so a high quality food will provide the nutrients your dog needs without piling on the weight. You should plan on spending $50.00 – $120.00 a month on bulldog food. We recommend Go! Salmon and Acana Lamb & Rice. When it comes to allergy foods we have had success with Zignature Kangaroo, and Purina Pro Plan Hydrolyzed.
Bulldogs should be always be harnessed when walked. You can do permanent damage to a bulldog’s throat if you use a traditional collar, as most bullies are pullers. You should plan to spend anywhere from $50.00 – $100 a year on leashes, collars, and harnesses. We like the Pet Safe Easy Walk Harness.
Stainless steel food and water bowls are best and do not harbour bacteria like the plastic ones can (plastic bowls can also cause acne). You should plan on spending $50.00 on a set of stainless steel bowls. These will last a long time. If your bully gulps down food and regurgitates (which is a nasty bulldog trait), you may end up investing in slow feeders. We like the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Bowl and Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball.
Bulldogs snore so it maybe your preference that your dog not sleep in the same room as you, so a dog bed should be purchased and replaced at least once a year. Plan on spending $60.00 -$130.00. We recommend a zipper-free bed with a washable cover.
Crate training your bulldog provides a safe space for them when they want alone time and provides secure place for them when they are left unattended. You should plan to spend $100.00 – $130.00 on a crate and be prepared to replace it when needed. Be sure to get a well vented crate as bulldogs are susceptible to overheating.
Enrichment items, like toys, balls and bones all play an important role in your dogs wellbeing. Some, like Kongs, can double as slow feeders, while things like raw bones help maintain dental health. Be mindful of your bully's allergies and that a strong chewer can easily destroy a toy in a matter of minutes. Check toys and balls for defects and broken pieces regularly and plan to replace them a couple times per year.
When travelling in a car all dogs should be restrained in a crate or with a seat belt for safety, to prevent injury and to avoid becoming a distraction to the driver. Plan on spending $45.00 - $250 on a car seat belt, kennel, barrier and possibly a seat protector. You will have to replace them as needed.
Depending on your lifestyle there could be any number of additional expenses. Things like lifejackets, raincoats, pet gates and air-travel crates are unexpected, but necessary expenses. People who frequently travel long distances with their pets may even choose to purchase a custom crate for their vehicle.