The American Kennel Club's Meet the Bulldog an official publication of the American Kennel Club (AKC) in collaboration with the Bulldog Club of America, serves as the recommended resource for new and experienced owners of this one-of-a-kind companion dog. With his characteristic flattened muzzle, large head, and low-slung body, the unmistakable Bulldog has a limitless fan base in the United States and around the world. Illustrated with color photography throughout, Meet the Bulldog begins with a discussion about the responsibility of owning the Bulldog and its special traits and challenges. Equally important is the selection of the right breeder, a topic covered in a chapter that includes a list of questions to ask the breeder and the answers new owners are looking for.
The book addresses the health of the Bulldog and alerts new owners to potential problems in the breed. The chapter on health discusses the importance of finding the right veterinarian for this breed as well as how to embark on a preventive-healthcare regimen with your vet. New owners will profit from the chapters dedicated to selecting the right merchandise for a new puppy and how to make the house and yard safe for the curious Bulldog puppy. House-training and obedience training are presented in individual chapters, and the AKC's stance on positive training methods shines through as owners are enlightened to the power of praise and rewards. The book doesn't stint on information about grooming, exercise, dental health, and feeding, all vital topics for the dog owner.
The final chapter includes various ways to get your Bulldog involved in dog sports and the community—from participating in AKC dog shows to becoming certified as a therapy dog and visiting nursing homes and retirement homes with your people-loving Bulldog. The chapters also offer advice on how to pursue the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen programs, both ideal for young dogs getting their start in organized dog events and therapy. The Resources section of the book includes excellent recommendations for websites, periodicals, books, and programs that owners will find informative and helpful.