Miniature English Bulldogs

Miniature English Bulldog puppy

Miniature English Bulldogs are known for their numerous health problems. Due to selective breeding and excessive inbreeding, a large number of genetic disorders are becoming more and more common within these dogs. When it comes to cardiovascular conditions, they tend to suffer from the following ones:

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Miniature Bulldog puppies have many health issues
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Mini Bulldog with excessive wrinkling
  • Canine follicular dysplasia. There’s a marked predilection in this breed. May occur due to intentional breeding for excessive skin folding.
  • Endocrine diseases can also be a problem within this breed. The odds are, your Miniature English Bulldog may be diagnosed with:
  • Hypothyroidism. Often found in middle-aged dogs.
  • Gastrointestinal and Musculoskeletal conditions can also be very common, such as:
  • Cleft palate. Congenital disorder with inheritance suspected in this breed.
  • Ununited anconeal process. A true fracture of the process occurs in this breed.
  • Congenital elbow luxation.
  • Hip dysplasia. Also relatively common.
  • Genetic dwarfism where both the skull and limbs are affected. It is accepted as a breed standard.
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Teacup Bulldogs have severe skin issues

Miniature Bulldogs can develop different types of tumors:

  • Mast cell tumours. There’s a possible breed predisposition.
  • Primary brain tumour. Higher incidence noted in this breed.
  • Lymphosarcoma (malignant lymphoma). Higher incidence noted in this breed, as well.

Neurological conditions Miniature English Bulldogs suffer from:

  • Congenital deafness. Relatively common and congenital.
  • Hemivertebrae. Also congenital.
  • Ocular problems are extremely common in these dogs. They can be diagnosed with:
  • Entropion (usually of the lower lid).
  • There’s a breed predisposition.
  • Trichiasis. There’s also predisposition.
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Mini bulldogs suffer seizures & other neurological disorders
  • Renal, urinary and reproductive disorders can also be found. The most common in this breed are the following:
  • Ectopic ureters. Congenital anomaly with a higher incidence reported in this breed. More commonly diagnosed in females.
  • Urethrorectal fistula. There’s a possible breed predisposition.
  • Sacrocaudal dysgenesis (causing urinary incontinence). Congenital and occasionally reported.
  • Urate urolithiasis. A higher incidence was noted in this breed. Breed predisposition due to combination of narrow pelvis and large head/wide shoulders.
  • Cryptorchidism. Believed to be a breed at increased risk of the condition.

Amongst respiratory problems, the most common is the Hypoplastic trachea. This breed accounts for 55% of cases. Brachycephalic upper airway syndrome is also present, since it’s a complex of anatomical deformities caused by the excessive shortening of the muzzle. May be associated with non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema in this breed. There’s an association between aerophagia and this condition, which may lead to excessive flatulence.

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  1. Such BS. There is no such thing as a miniature english bulldog. These so called “mini bulldogs” are just regular bulldogs who have been inhumanely bred for midget like bodies. This type of breeding practice should be banned.


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