I am relatively new to the bulldog breed and have recently started to look for a puppy.
I have been recently educating myself and learning more about this great bread.
This weekend I looked a few 8 week old puppies. The owners are not breeders and this is there first time with a litter.
The father is a 3 year old AKC, and the female is 8 years old, unregistered.
(They did provide papers for the male)
#1. Should I be concerned with the age of the mother?
#2. From what I have been reading, it is strongly suggested that I go with a AKC registration and verify the pedigree for at least 3 generations. (Obviously not possible with this situation) I am not looking for a show dog, but do want a quality, healthy bulldog. Is this very necessary to ensure good health genes?
I am in the process of trying to contact local breeders in my area. (Northern California)
I want to make sure we get the healthiest puppy possible. Another concern is the lack of breeding experience of the current owners.
They puppies seam to be all happy and healthy, but like I said, I am new to this breed.
Any advice anyone could share is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for looking..
Yes I am referring to the english bulldog.
Thank you very much for all the information. You have confirmed my original thoughts.
Also, I live in the east bay area No. Cal. (Dublin/Pleasanton Area) If anyone can suggest a quality breeder, it is much appreciated.