English Bulldogs are a thick, solid breed. There is no question they are supposed to be heavy and dense. However, that does not mean they cannot get overweight. And being overweight comes with a host of health problems such as joint issues and heart problems. Being overly heavy can shorten the lifespan of your Bulldog, and no one wants that. Not sure how to tell if yours is packing some extra pounds? The following are 3 signs your English Bulldog is overweight.
#1 – No Definition
As mentioned above, English Bulldogs are definitely a square, thick breed. However, they should still have definition. Along with a big chest and rib cage, they should slim down a bit at their waist, where their hips are. If your English Bulldog has no waist whatsoever and you can’t feel those ribs at all, he is carrying around a couple extra pounds. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking this.
#2 – Unable To Reach That Itch
Does your Bulldog try to scratch his ear and just can’t reach? Or maybe he has no chance of biting himself. Again, you have to take their body shape into consideration, but even English Bulldogs should be able to groom themselves. If they are overly round, grooming is impossible. If that’s the case with your Bully, it’s time to diet.
#3 – Trouble Breathing
Just because your English Bulldog is a brachycephalic dog breed does not mean he should always have trouble breathing. Shortness of breath and being easily worn out can be a sign that your Bulldog is overweight. For example, if your Bulldog stops moving or starts to pant heavily after just walking a block, he may be overweight and out of shape. Consult your vet about a new diet and exercise regimen to get him healthier.