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Health Screening Information (PDF) Tri Fold

(includes update for 2017 AFH Diamond Level)

BCA Health Awards
Click above to print and fill out the Health Award and mail or email it to the BCA Health Awards Chairman: 
Dan Bandy
    15603 S Rock Creek Rd
    Shawnee, OK 74801

BCA Health Screening Matrix
(includes update for 2017 AFH Diamond Level)

The BCA Health Committee is responsible for Health education specifically on health issues, and genetic research, to insure the future health of the Bulldog.

As a responsible Bulldog owner, you will want the best care for your dog, so choosing a good veterinarian is crucial.  As crucial is knowing how to recognize and treat health problems before they become serious conditions.  Prompt attention and care by the owner is part of normal care for any pet you own.


The Standard for the Breed, which has existed for over 100 years, describes a dog that is healthy and strong, able to move in an unrestrained, free and vigorous manner.  Its nose should be large with wide nostrils to ensure its ability to breathe.  Bulldog perform in both conformation and performance activities, where they could not compete successfully if they were not healthy.  


As with any species, even closely related individuals vary to some degree from the ideal description.  However, the conscientious breeder strives to produce dogs that most closely meet this ideal.  BCA educates its member breeders in best breeding practices and has a list of breeders who have agreed to follow BCA's requirements for listing.  To find these breeders, be sure to consider a breeder on our Breeder Referral List or who participate in our Ambassador of Health Program.  Not all Bulldogs come from dedicated and conscientious breeder who are BCA members.  Be sure to do your homework before purchasing a dog for your family.


Bulldogs require all the care that any other breed does.  In addition, the unusual physical characteristics that make them so appealing may create their own issues.  This is a highly specialized, man-made breed that would have difficulty surviving on its own in the wild.  That’s why they don’t live in the wild.  They live with us and we provide for their care.  Although general remedies are discussed in this section, it is important that you discuss any health issues with your Vet to decide on the appropriate treatment for any condition.

You won't experience in one dog the problems we discuss, but you may see a few over the years if you continue with additional Bulldogs.  As you learn more, you can recognize the issues and whether they are significant.  The more you learn about the breed, the more confident you will feel in your ability to handle minor issues yourself.  You will also be able to decide when a Vet needs to be called in. Vectors like heartworm, ticks and intestinal parasites can cause serious health problems for any dog.  To see a map of the U.S. showing the frequency of disease by state (and county), please click HERE.

Your Vet must be experienced in handling Bulldogs - the more, the better.  It's worth traveling farther to see a Vet that sees many Bulldogs - they can diagnose and treat them better than a Vet who is less familiar with the breed.

This is important for everyday care and may mean the a successful treatment outcome in some cases.  For example, Bulldogs have more difficulty with anesthesia than other breeds because of their unique breathing configuration.  A more experienced Vet will know when not to use anesthesia and how much to use when it's needed.  There are usually several experienced Vets in any area and the local Bulldog club or local Bulldoggers can help you in finding a Vet in your area.  When you are traveling you can consult an on-line Veterinary Database.


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