The Bulldog is one of the short-muzzled breeds that has an elongated soft palate. The soft palate, along with the hard palate, forms the roof of the mouth. It helps prevent food and liquids from getting into the nasal passages when swallowing. This flap hangs in the airway canal or falls into the larynx during inhalation. The result is noisy breathing, snorting and snoring. When these dogs get overheated, they tend to breathe more rapidly and the soft palate swells, causing them to gag in an effort to clear their airway.
It is important not to over-exert a bulldog when the weather is hot. They prefer a more stationary lifestyle! If your bulldog does appear to be overheated, a cool, wet towel under his feet, or sponging off his body, is a good idea. A squirt of lemon juice in the mouth is helpful too.
Bulldogs are one of the most popular dogs to own. They have been voted the best family dog. In 2012, the American Kennel Club rated the English Bulldog in the top 6 of most popular dog breeds, a distinction they haven’t seen in the last 75 years. Bulldogs are owned by many celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler and Pink, which adds to their appeal. They are also the 3rd most popular team mascot for schools in America.
Who can resist the lovable, low-maintenance bulldog?
Pet strollers are a useful accessory for bulldogs when they tire or need to get cool. A variety of pet strollers for bulldogs can be found at: http://www.PerfectPetStroller.com