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Bulldogs have notoriously great characters and are affectionate and friendly to almost everyone they meet! English Bulldogs are friendly, laidback and adapt well to living in smaller spaces. Bulldogs can be witty and often think about commands to see what they can get out of it. 

Whilst they can look ‘mean’ they are actually a bit timid; one of our staff here at Agria is a proud Bulldog owner and confesses his dog is ‘scared of everything’. Their honest and open faces also mean they can often ‘speak’ to their families without using words.

Did you know...

  • 53% of our Bulldog owners made a claim in their first year with us. Fortunately, we pay 98% of all the claims we receive*.
  • 93% of the claims we received for Bulldogs were for illness, with only 7% for injury. Many of those claims were for lifelong conditions.
  • Our highest payment for a Bulldog in the last 12 months is £6,002 for meningitis
  • The oldest Bulldog we currently insure is a 12-year-old bulldog named Buster. Now, there’s a loyal companion!

* Based on all Agria Pet Insurance claims received between May 2023 and October 2023

English Bulldog puppy outside on the grass - Agria Pet Insurance

Common conditions that our Bulldog customer claim for:


Average claim payment

Prolapsed nictitans gland


Skin allergy


Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) 


Surgery for bilateral cherry eye


Bronchial pneumonia


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Common Health Problems for English Bulldogs

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome

    English Bulldogs have a very flat face and narrow nostrils therefore they can often have breathing difficulty. As a result of breathing trouble, they will usually exercise less and make breathing noises due to their face shape. The problem is commonly known as Brachycephalic syndrome, and some treatments can help cure your Bulldog from this disease.

  • Skin Infections

    Skin infections are common in English Bulldogs as they have an unusual amount of excess skin on their face and body. The extra skin gives the English Bulldog its unique look, however it can cause skin fold pyoderma, rashes and various infections. To help prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria on their skin, it's recommended to bathe your dog at least once a month to keep them clean.  

  • Bone Problems

    Many larger breeds, such as English Bulldogs, can be at high risk for hip dysplasia, which is when the joint ball and socket do not fit correctly. This can easily result in the dog being less able to walk normally and can lead to chronic pain; therefore its important to visit your vet immediately.  

    Additionally, English Bulldogs are vulnerable to elbow dysplasia and many other joint diseases, which will require a check from a highly experienced vet. If you see your Bulldog having any signs of trouble walking, it's vital to see your vet as soon as possible to give your dog the best chance of recovery. 

Health Tips for your English Bulldog


English Bulldogs are known for being laid-back couch potatoes, so it’s essential to exercise them enough to avoid too much weight gain. Walking is the best form of exercise, ideally split into two walks, especially when the weather gets warmer. Around half an hour daily should be enough exercise, and you can include games to help make it more fun for them. 


Bulldogs are known to be highly driven by food treats, so you can use this occasionally to reward them. They are fast learners and well-disciplined if you start training your dog from early on. Fortunately, many breeders will have started toilet training your English Bulldog as a puppy, although this is typically done using a puppy pad. 


It’s recommended to feed a English Bulldog puppy three or four times daily while increasing the portion sizes as they age. Adult Bulldogs can be fed twice daily, and you’ll want to weigh their food using the food packaging guidelines. When your English Bulldog is a puppy, you should avoid changing the food type or brand too often as it may cause problems with digestion. Also, it’s important to realise that a growing Bulldog puppy usually requires around double the amount of food per pound of body weight compared to an adult.  English Bulldogs are naturally stocky, but this doesn’t mean you should be open to them gaining excessive weight. If you’re unsure about nutritional requirements, it is important to speak to your vet. 

Sadly, Bulldogs are all too frequent visitors to my surgery. Very cute as puppies, but as they grow older, we often see breathing difficulties that can require major surgery and specialist referral. We also see chronic problems with eyes and skin that can need treatment for life and frequent visits to the vet.

Robin Hargreaves

Agria Vet Panel Lead, Veterinary Surgeon for 30 years and former British Veterinary Association President.

Robin Hargreaves, veterinarian - Agria Pet Insurance

Why more and more English Bulldog owners are insuring with Agria

With Agria, it's lifetime, every time

At Agria, we believe pet insurance should last your pet’s lifetime. Our policies provide lifelong vet’s fees cover for illnesses and injuries. This means that, provided your policy is renewed each year, your maximum benefit will be refreshed, providing cover for ongoing conditions.

So, whatever happens throughout your bulldogs's life, we’ll always be there for you and your dog!

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