Author of " The Bulldog Kennel Book," " Bulldogs and Bulldog Breeding," " Bulldogs and Bulldog Men," etc.
A bulldog should not be kept on the chain attached to a small kennel. If he is not to be kept in the house, his kennel should be a roomy one, with a covered-over run attached to it. The floor should be of wood, and, for preference, removable, so that it may be easily cleaned. Asphalte, however, also is good, but ordinary concrete is liable to be too cold and damp. Cold and damp are the two greatest enemies the young bulldog can have.
A snug, warm, dry kennel, but not a stuffy, unventilated one; cleanliness, but not frequent bathing, especially in the winter time; good food, fresh water, and as much exercise as possible are all necessary to keep the dog in health.
Treatment of the Puppy
A young puppy should be allowed as much freedom as possible; the mature dog can do with less exercise, but he should have, at least, one good walk a day, unless he has the run of the house, the yard, or the garden.
Puppies, after leaving the mother, require feeding four, five, or even six times a day. From six weeks old until three months of age, the first meal should be a milky one. Bread and milk are good, as is oatmeal porridge with milk. The latter is excellent, as it is a bone-forming food, and a bulldog cannot have too much bone. The second meal, at eleven o'clock in the morning, may be a fair-sized handful of raw lean meat, either passed through a mincing-machine or shredded up finely with a knife. This may be followed by a couple of puppy. biscuits, broken up not too small, and given dry rather than soaked.
The last meal of the day may be similar to the first, and should be given as late as possible in the evening.
After three months of age the puppy can do with a less number of meals, but with a greater quantity at each meal.
Raw meat is always excellent, but it should be sound and wholesome, and as lean as possible. Trimmings from joints, which the butcher will usually supply to his customers for a trifle each week, should be procured daily and boiled down; then mixed, with the gravy or broth in which they are boiled, with one of the patent foods now on the market. Never - and this is of the utmost and vital importance - should small bones, such as those of fish, game, poultry, and rabbits, be given to bulldogs, or, indeed, to any other breed of dogs. These small, brittle, hollow bones, when crushed between the teeth, splinter into sharp-ended fragments, which have been known to pierce the intestines and cause agonising death. Large bones are excellent for a puppy to gnaw at, for they strengthen the jaws and teeth, and induce a flow of saliva that promotes digestion. Green vegetables, boiled with the butchers' pieces, may be given freely, for their cooling effect on the blood.
The bulldog puppy is not more liable to contract distemper than a puppy of any other breed, but when infected with this terrible disease there is no denying the fact that it usually goes harder with him than with one of the stronger breeds.