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English Bulldog Grooming Tips

English Bulldog Grooming Tips






Grooming your English Bulldog can be a positive experience for both you and your Bulldog. It will keep your English Bulldog feeling and looking good and will help build a close and trusting relationship between the two of you. The amount of grooming that your English Bulldog needs will depend on a variety of factors, such as; activity,  coat and how much he sheds.

Some Bulldogs will need to go to a professional groomer periodically, but in almost all cases there are grooming techniques that can be done at home. These include bathing, brushing, cleaning teeth and ears, and some light clipping. Bathing will keep your Bulldog's coat healthy by removing dead hair and cleaning his skin. Bathing and brushing will also prevent matting and fleas. Keeping his ears clean will prevent infection. Brushing your English Bulldog's teeth can lessen bad breath and prevent tooth decay.


How Often to Groom

How often you have to groom your English Bulldog will depend on the Bulldog's specific needs. All English Bulldogs can be brushed daily. This only needs to take 5-10 minutes per session and should be viewed as a pleasant activity that you and your Bulldog share. Bathing should be done on an "as needed" basis, which can be judged by the appearance, odor and the feel of the hair. In many cases you can bathe your dog as infrequently as twice a month. If he has fleas, ticks or any type of skin allergies he may need a bath more often.

Any between-bath grooming that is needed will depend on your English Bulldog's coat. A more active Bulldog's hair requires more attention. Sometimes you may need to do some clipping to remove extra hair from around the eyes, ears and feet, or to remove whiskers.

How often you will need to cut your English Bulldog's toenails will depend on how much outdoor exercise he gets, the more he is outside the less you'll need to clip his nails. The correct length for the nails is just touching the ground.

The frequency of teeth cleaning depends on the amount of plaque build-up your English Bulldog has on his teeth, but can be done as often as twice a week. Ears should be
cleaned once a month to remove dirt and wax.

There are a wide variety of supplies available for grooming, but what you purchase will depend on how much grooming you plan to do. Most supplies can be purchased at pet supply stores, grocery stores or through mail order catalogs. Following is a general list of grooming supplies that you may need:


  • Brush (the type will depend on your Bulldog's coat)


  • Fine-toothed comb


  • Wide-toothed comb


  • Scissors (rounded edges are best for safety purposes)


  • Nail clippers


  • Toothbrush


  • Toothpaste that is specially formulated for dogs


  • Shampoo that is specially formulated for dogs (or Johnson's Baby Shampoo)
  • Flea shampoo (if needed)


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