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Learn about English Bulldog diseases

Learn about English Bulldog diseases

Health Concerns

  • Heat illness occurs when exposed to excessive environmental temperatures and being unable to dissipate the heat quickly.

  • Brachycephalic syndrome is a group of facial abnormalities that result in difficulty breathing and snorting.

  • Dystocia is the term used to describe difficult birthing. Due to their large heads, it is difficult for the mother to pass the puppies vaginally and most bulldogs have cesareans to deliver their babies.

  • Vaginal hyperplasia an exaggerated response of the vaginal tissue to estrogen during certain phases of the heat cycle. The vaginal tissue becomes swollen and may protrude through the vulva.

  • Facial fold dermatitis is the skin problem that occurs when the facial folds retain moisture. Infection can occur.

  • Interdigital dermatitis, also known as pododermatitis, is an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.

  • Cryptorchidism is the term used to describe the situation when one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum and remain in the abdomen.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, limping and arthritis.

    Hypoplastic trachea - is an undersized windpipe that results in difficulty breathing and can increase the chances of developing pneumonia.

  • Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland that can result in sluggishness, weight gain and serious illness.

  • Cherry eye is a prolapse of the third eyelid. Though not a serious injury and does not cause blindness, the prolapse can be irritating to the surface of the eye and cause persistent tearing or eye pain.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased.


  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) - a congenital defect of the ventricular septum of the heart.

  • Tetralogy of Fallot – Congenital condition that includes 4 heart abnormalities: pulmonic stenosis, ventricular septal defect, dextrapositioned aorta and right ventricular hypertrophy.

  • Aortic stenosis - this disease is caused by stenosis of the aorta and causing symptoms such as weakness, collapse and sudden death.

  • Ununited anconeal process is the failure of the anconeal process of the elbow to unite with the ulna, resulting in fracture. This condition can cause lameness and arthritis.

    Congenital elbow luxation - is a dislocation of the elbow joint.

  • Lymphosarcoma, also known as lymphoma, is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system.

  • Urethral prolapse is the protrusion of the lining of the distal or tail end portion of the urethra through the external urethral opening.


    In addition, bulldogs are prone to demodicosis, mast cell tumors, hair losselbow dysplasia, lymphoma, acne, deafness, eyelid problems.

    Life Span

    The average lifespan for the English bulldog is 8 to 10 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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