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Old July 5th 03, 11:58 PM
crosem
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I have no experience with bulldogs, but many dogs sit to one side and sort
of sway when they walk...I have had a standard poodle that did this and my
current English cocker spaniel does...vets have not commented on it at
all...oh, and my childhood airedales all sat over to one side...

"Mariann" wrote in message
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| Hi --
|
| I recently adopted an English bulldog, and I'm rather concerned about his
| back legs and hips. I've already taken him to a vet, who X-rayed my
11-week
| old pup, and I've taken him to a specialist. The vet feels it's
| neurological as the X-ray was inconclusive, and the specialist thinks it's
| just a bulldog pup's natural physique.
|
| My dog walks with a pronounced sway to his hips. He frequently sits down
| with his legs folded to one side, and he doesn't walk or run for more than
| five minutes at a time. He easily slips when walking or topples
completely
| over. I realize that this could be exactly what's supposed to happen, but
| the same time, I'm still concerned.
|
| Has anyone had this kind of experience with bulldog puppies? If so, what
| happened? Also, if anyone knows of a bulldog specialist, or even a vet
who
| has ample bulldog experience, in the DC/MD/VA area, I'd greatly appreciate
a
| referral.
|
| Thanks,
| Mariann
|
|
|


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Old July 6th 03, 01:05 AM
ZPL
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Default English Bulldog Pup's Lazy Gait

Lots of the "linebacker" dogs sit differently or have the sway. My
bullmastiff does. She needs to be reminded to sit "like a lady", but her
preference is to lean against something and just let it all hang out. In
fact, it is mentioned in one of the more suggested breed books.

Take into consideration these things: what type of activities are you
playing, where, and how hot? These breeds generally do not require the
endless ball throws or Frisbee chasing that other breeds do. And, with the
shorter nose, they cannot cool down as easily. They are not bred to run
miles a day. They were basically bred to "guard" - which means lay there
until something happens. Or, they were bred to just hold on - not to chase.

Please explain the "slips and topples". That could be a concern. But, I
found that a good non-slip pad under a scatter rug gives my girl better
footing. She has learned to go slow over slick surfaces, and takes great
care in changing direction on slick floors. Agility and balance really come
later on for these type of dogs, if they ever get there.

"Mariann" wrote in message
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Hi --

I recently adopted an English bulldog, and I'm rather concerned about his
back legs and hips. I've already taken him to a vet, who X-rayed my

11-week
old pup, and I've taken him to a specialist. The vet feels it's
neurological as the X-ray was inconclusive, and the specialist thinks it's
just a bulldog pup's natural physique.

My dog walks with a pronounced sway to his hips. He frequently sits down
with his legs folded to one side, and he doesn't walk or run for more than
five minutes at a time. He easily slips when walking or topples

completely
over. I realize that this could be exactly what's supposed to happen, but
the same time, I'm still concerned.

Has anyone had this kind of experience with bulldog puppies? If so, what
happened? Also, if anyone knows of a bulldog specialist, or even a vet

who
has ample bulldog experience, in the DC/MD/VA area, I'd greatly appreciate

a
referral.

Thanks,
Mariann




 




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