What To Look For When Choosing The Best Bulldog Accessories

French Bulldog on Leash

It’s an exciting day when you come home from the breeder, and you welcome a new Bulldog into your family! Your bulldog is going to be much more than just a family pet, it’s going to become an important member of the family!

So, it’s only normal that you will want to have the very best bulldog accessories available to make sure your four legged buddies is going to be comfortable, happy, and healthy. But, how do you know which items are best suited for this lovable fella?

Any time you even think about taking a trip to your local pet store and even shopping online, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices at your fingertips. You don’t want to choose the wrong items, not only because it would be a waste of money, but your Bulldog might not even get the most use out of them.

English Bulldog in Dogs Bed

Don’t worry! You aren’t the only new bulldog owner who has faced this predicament. Countless others have gone through the same thing, and that’s why we are here! We’ve created this buying guide to help new bulldog owners like yourself select the best bulldog accessories for your little guy.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Best Bulldog Accessories On The Market

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The Best Bulldog Collars

When you are presented with the choice of what kind of bulldog collar to purchase for your pup, you’re going to see that there are seven “types” of collars that you could choose from:

  • Everyday collars – These are the most common types of collars. These collars allow you to express your own personal style and they come in a wide variety of colors, materials, and styles. They can be secured with either a metal buckle or a quick-release clasp.
English Bulldog with Everyday Collar
  • Chain slip collars – A chain slip collar, or a choke chain, are only to be used when you’re training your dog to walk or heel, as a correction can be done with a quick pull on the leash. This causes the collar to tighten around the dog’s neck, and the dog will correct it’s behavior accordingly.
  • Metal prong collars – These collars may look intimidating, but many trainers find that these collars are highly effective for dogs that are stubborn and strong. These pinch collars are ideal for dogs who pull on their leash and act much like the chain slip collar. *Warning* These collars should never be left on your for long periods of time, and definitely not when left unattended!
  • Martingale collars – These collars also known as a limited slip collar, or a greyhound collar. They are used to prevent your dog from slipping out of its collar while being walked on a leash. These collars will tighten when you tug on the leash, but there is a mechanism that prevents it from closing too tightly around the neck.
  • Head collars – These collars look like a muzzle, but they do not have the same purpose. These “collars” are intended to teach the dog how to walk on a leash and heel. Whenever the dog pulls while wearing one of these “collars,” their head will turn, which feels awkward to the dog and it’ll cause the dog to discontinue the behavior.
American Bulldog Wearing Head Collar
  • Harness – A harness is designed to wrap around the pup’s chest and abdomen. You can easily attach the leash to the top of the harness, and because they tend to be more comfortable for the dog, many owners prefer these over a regular collar simply because there isn’t any pressure on the dog’s neck. These are ideal for dogs who tend to pull while on a leash.
  • Dog show collar – These collars are slip collars that are made of braided material and shouldn’t be confused with a choke collar.

Of these types of collars, here are two of our favorite choices for a bulldog collar:

NCAA Dog Collar

If you’re a fan of college basketball, here is your chance to show off which team you’re rooting for! These collars are an example of your everyday collars that features a double stitched ribbon that shows off which NCAA basketball team you cheer for.

They are made of a durable, American made webbing. The adjustable collar uses a quick release clasp, so you can quickly and easily remove the collar from your bulldog’s neck after a walk.

Purple NCAA Dog Collar

The collar can be purchased in four different sizes:

Size Ribbon Width Length
Extra Small 5/8” 6 – 12”
Small 1” 8 – 14”
Medium 1” 12 – 20”
Large 1” 18 – 30”
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Blueberry Designer Dog Collar

If you’re looking for a bulldog accessory with as much personality as your dog, these collars are a great option. These collars are available in four different styles: nautical flags, flame stitch, gold cross, or a rainbow pattern.

The collar themselves are made of a high density polyester, which makes them as durable as they are soft. That means you can leave the collar on your bulldog for long periods of time without the dog feeling uncomfortable at all.

Nautical Flag Blueberry Designer Dog Collar

Though the buckles are made from an eco-friendly plastic, you don’t have to worry about the ring for the leash to hook onto the collar to break because it is coated in chrome for extra durability. These collars are available in four sizes:

Size Ribbon Width Length
Extra Small 3/8” 7.5 – 10”
Small 5/8” 12 – 16”
Medium 3/4” 14.5 – 20”
Large 1” 18 – 26”
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The Best Bulldog Harnesses

Perhaps you are more interested in using a harness for your bulldog instead of a collar. It’s completely understandable that you may be concerned about the comfort of your dog while you’re training them or walking them.

A harness is going to reduce the discomfort on their neck and trachea, especially if they have a tendency to pull on a leash, jerk around, or has a tendency to run when they see a squirrel or other critter they want to chase.

French Bulldog with Harness

There is another added benefit of choosing to use a harness, though! Harnesses give you more control when training, because the force you use to correct the dog is distributed across their shoulders and torso.

Here are two of our favorite Bulldog harnesses:

Majestic Pet Dog No-Pull Harness

These harnesses are great choices for all breeds, not just a Bulldog. They are made of high quality, breathable fabric which ensures that not only will your dog be safe and secure while wearing the harness, but they won’t get too hot and uncomfortable, which Bulldogs do not handle very well.

The stitching on the harness is beautifully done, so you won’t worry about it stretching whenever the dog pulls on it. The harness is totally adjustable so you can get the best fit so your dog won’t experience any hair loss where the harness rubs against its skin.

Another nice feature about this harness is that the pinch point is located behind the shoulder blades, which gives you great control when your dog starts pulling while being trained or walked.

Dog on Majestic Pet Dog No-Pull Harness

The harness is available in three sizes:

Size Dimensions
Small 9 – 15” torso
Medium 15 – 25” torso
Large 25 – 40” torso
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Puppia Soft Dog Harness

This harness is made from 100% polyester air-mesh. This means that the harness is breathable and lightweight, but it is also soft and comfortable for your dog to wear. The harness is edged with soft piping, which is great because you won’t have to worry about your bulldog’s fur or skin being irritated after continual wear.

Red Puppia Soft Dog Harness

The harness is adjustable, so you can adjust the size to give it the perfect fit should your pup gain or lose weight. The harness can fit any kind of dog, as it comes in six different sizes:

Size Neck Girth Torso Girth
Extra Small 8.2” 10 – 13”
Small 9.6” 12.6” – 18”
Medium Large 12.1” 15.4” – 22.5”
Large 14.2” 19.7” – 29.1”
Extra Large 17.6” 22.8” – 33”
Extra-Extra Large 21.8” 29” – 41”
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The Best Bulldog Leash

When it comes to choosing a leash, you might think any old leash will do. That isn’t always the case. Dog Time points out that there are pros and cons for each type of leash:

  • Synthetic leash – These leashes are lightweight, affordable, and can be easily washed. However, if your dog lunges, it could burn your hand.
French Bulldog on Leather Leash
  • Chain leash – A chain leash will deter your dog from gnawing on the leash, but they are just too heavy, not just for you, but for the dog too.
  • Extendable leash – An extendable leash gives your dog the ability to roam a little, but it also makes it harder to train them not to pull while on a regular leash.

Here is our top pick for a bulldog leash:

PetLovers Premium Dog Leash

For Bulldogs, we recommend that you use the double layer leash, as they are tougher than the single layer leash. This is especially important if your bulldog is fully mature and strong because it gives you optimal control when walking your dog.

The leash is made from strong nylon, which makes it lightweight without compromising its durability. A nice feature of the leash is that it has a padded handle so you don’t have to worry about getting rope burn should your dog pull while on the leash.

Red PetLovers Premium Dog Leash

The leash is the same size (six feet long, 1 inch wide) for both options (1 layer or two layers), which is plenty of slack when walking or training your pup.

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The Best Bulldog Muzzle

When it comes to bulldog accessories, you want to be educated in knowing what kind of muzzle is ideal for your bulldog. For example, English Bulldog Store recommends that you only put a muzzle on a Bulldog that is at least six months old. There are three types of muzzles that you can choose for your bulldog, and they are:

  • Leather basket muzzle – These muzzles cover the dog's entire dog’s mouth and nose so your dog won’t be able to bite. You do not want to keep this muzzle on your pup for extended periods because it is too closed off, despite having holes for air flow, especially in hot temperatures. Prolonged wear could lead your dog to have heat stroke, which is never good!
Black Leather Basket Muzzle on White Background
  • Mesh leather muzzle – These muzzles are made of thin strips of leather and are connected by rivets. Like the leather basket muzzle, it shouldn’t fit too snugly on your bulldog—there should be a little bit of space between his face and the material. You’ll also notice that these muzzles have an extra strap that goes between the dog’s eyes to the back of his head, which makes it impossible for the dog to escape.
  • Wire basket muzzles – These muzzles fit securely on your dog’s face, and it also features the strip that goes between the dog’s eyes. This is the best muzzle for airflow and ventilation. However, you shouldn’t use this muzzle in the winter because the metal wire could stick to the wet parts of your dog’s face like it’s nose and cheeks. Also, please note that the wire baskets are heavier than the leather options, which could be dangerous if your dog swings his head rapidly near other dogs or people.

Here are favorite choices of muzzles for a bulldog:

Ewin 5-Piece Set Of Breathable Muzzles

If you’re looking for a muzzle that will be able to use throughout your Bulldog’s life (after six months old, of course), this set is a great option. It features five different sizes, so you are definitely getting a great value. It’s made from a breathable and comfortable nylon fabric that is easy to wash whenever you’re done using it. Plus, the breathable nylon doesn’t make it hard for your pup to breathe, which is a definite plus.

Different Colors Breathable Muzzle
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Baskerville Rubber Muzzle 

This particular muzzle is ideal for dogs who want to keep your dog gagged without causing any discomfort. It features a round. Whicker container that is lightweight and offers enough space for the pup to drink water and pant without any problems. The safety strap holds the muzzle in place, while two additional points help reinforce its security.

The muzzle is made from a soft rubber that is tough and durable, so you don’t have to worry about your dog chewing it’s way through it. The muzzle is available in six sizes:

Size Length Width
1 2.5” 8.5”
2 3” 10.5”
3 3” 11”
4 3.5” 12”
5 4.5” 13.5”
6 5” 16”
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The Best Bulldog Crates

When you are looking for bulldog accessories, it would be a good idea to look into purchasing a crate for your pooch. Better Bully recommends that you purchase a crate because it will prove to be an invaluable tool when you are going to potty-train your pup, but it can also be used for obedience purposes as well as being a safe space where it can go until it feels more at ease in a large, open space.

Frenchie in Dog Crate

Dog crates can be made from a variety of materials:

  • Wire crates – A wire crate is great choices for dogs who want to be able to see their surroundings. This type of crate offers plenty of air-flow and can be portable, although the larger crates can be somewhat heavy. While these aren’t the best looking crates, they definitely serve their purpose well.
  • Plastic crates – A plastic crate is good for dogs who prefer their privacy and seclusion, especially when they are sleeping. Throw a blanket in there, and your dog has a great little cozy spot where they can catch their Zzz’s. The down side of these crates is that they aren’t as well-ventilated as a wire crate, nor are they as easy to clean. However, they are good choices for traveling, and they are easy to store.
  • Soft Sided Crates – A soft sided crate is going to be a lightweight option that is great for traveling and storage. With that said, they are more difficult to keep clean, and if your dog is particularly curious and destructive, they might find it too easy to break free from this option. Also, these are only really recommended for smaller dogs.
Soft Sided Crate For Pets
  • Heavy Duty crates – These super strong crates are ideal for dogs who are really clever with a destructive streak. Although they are going to be more expensive, they will pay for themselves in no time, especially when your furniture, shoes, and electrical cords needn’t be replaced! Another bonus, you can find some heavy duty crates that have been approved for airline travel, if that is something you are concerned about.
  • Fashion crates – Who ever said that you couldn’t crate your dog in an unsightly crate? Fashion crates look like normal pieces of furniture, and they are available in nice finishes like wood or rattan. The multi-functioning crate can take the place of a side table without ruining the overall design of the room it’s in. The only down side is going to be if you have a particularly destructive pooch, he could chew or scratch at the wood, eventually breaking out of the crate.

Of the types of crates you could choose for your pet, here are two of our favorites (keep in mind that you will want to choose the size of crate that best suits your needs and the size of your dog):

ProSelect Easy Dog Crate

The medium dog crate (under $50, original price $59.99) is great for a bulldog because it gives them enough room to move around comfortably. The wire cage features a removable tray, which makes it really easy to clean. The crate features a dual latching door, which gives you peace of mind knowing that your bulldog is securely locked in the crate. When the crate isn’t in use, it can be neatly folded up and tucked away for use another time.

ProSelect Easy Dog Crates for Dogs And Pets on White Background

Here are the overall dimensions of the crate in the different sizes so you can best choose the appropriate crate for your needs:

Size Dimensions
Extra Small 13.5 x 20.5 x 4 in
Small 17 x 24 x 20 in
Medium 19 x 30 x 22 in
Medium Large 24 x 38.5 x 4.5 in
Large 30 x 44.3 x 4.5 in
Extra Large 31.5 x 50 x 4.5 in

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Guardian Gear Collapsible Dog Crate

If you’re looking for a crate that you can assemble and break down quickly, this collapsible crate is a good choice. Although this crate isn’t going to be a good choice for destructive or overly hyper dogs (they could easy chew or rip the mesh), they are better suited for calm dogs.

Frenchie in Guardian Gear Collapsible Dog Crate

The large mesh windows on all four sides of the crate allow for good air circulation. If you intend on using this crate just as a safe place where your dog can go to relax, you can roll up the side panel flap and leave it open.

A nice feature of this crate is that it comes with a faux sheepskin mat, thus making it a little more comfortable for your dog. Another nice feature is that it comes with ground stakes, which can be really helpful if you’re outside and you want to provide a nice little shelter for your pooch that will stay in place.

Here are the overall dimensions of the crate in the different sizes so you can best choose the appropriate crate for your needs:

Size Dimensions
Extra Small 13.5 x 20.5 x 4 in
Small 17 x 24 x 20 in
Medium 19 x 30 x 22 in
Large 30 x 44.3 x 4.5 in
Extra Large 31.5 x 50 x 4.5 in
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The Best Bulldog Food Bowl

Naturally, you’re going to want to purchase food and water bowls for your bulldog. Bulldog Information recommends that you purchase bowls that are large enough to feed your pup, but not so large that they’ll fall in.

Frenchie Licking Dog Bowl

Here are our top picks for the best food bowl and the best water bowl for Bulldogs.

Outward Hound Fun Feeder

This particular bowl is ideal for dogs who have the tendency to eat over, which is a problem that Bulldogs tend to have. These BPA, PVC, and phthalate free food bowls are designed to extend mealtime. When your bulldog takes longer to eat, they are less likely to get bloated and have too much weight gain. The bowls use designs that are inspired by nature so that they will be more likely to take their time eating.

Green Outward Hound Fun Feeder

When mealtime is over, you can put the bowls in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

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Slopper Stopper Dripless Water Bowl

This item is the perfect bulldog accessory if your pooch makes a mess while drinking water because you can easily adjust the amount of water in the bowl at any given time, yet always having enough water available for your dog to drink whenever it is thirsty.

The bowl has a pool of water at the bottom of ball shaped lid that measures 2 ¼” in diameter and is about ½” deep. As your dog drinks, the water is replenished, thanks to the bowl’s convenient reservoir.

The Best Bulldog Toys

Just like with children, toys are going to be important bulldog accessories that you’ll want to have on hand. Not only do will they keep them occupied, but it helps them relieve stress and help them teeth, which will help reduce how many chewed up wires and shoes you’ll have around the house.

Frenchie Hugging Bear

Do you know what type of toy you should choose, though? In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter what toys you choose because the bulldog will respond positively to all of them. We do support Bulldog Information’s suggestion of avoiding natural bones because they can splinter really easily, thus becoming a choking hazard.

Here are a couple of our favorite bulldog toys that you might want to consider:

KONG Classic Dog Toy

These particular chew toys have been around for over 36 years and are great toys for dogs who love to chew on things. The toy is made of a red natural rubber compound, so you don’t have to worry about your dog swallowing any harmful materials.

Red KONG Classic Dog Toy

The toy is a good distractor toy for when your dog has separation anxiety, if they chew a lot, or even if they tend to bark a lot. You can also give a dog who is being crate trained the toy so they aren’t bored and it will also help them relax while in the crate.

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Nina Ottosson’s Interactive Dog Toy

There are several different types of toys in this collection, all are designed to make your dog use his nose to find a treat. Nina Ottosson is a dog trainer from Sweden who created these toys that makes your pup use his mind while fostering a bond with his family. These are great toys to help cure boredom, for both your bet and yourself.

The Best Bulldog Grooming Tools

Although your bulldog may not have a whole lot of hair, you will still want to make sure you groom them regularly, partially because it is a chance to bond with your dog, but it keeps them healthy and looking (and even feeling) great.

Grooming English Bulldog

When it comes to bulldog accessories, these are a couple must-have grooming tools:

Blissful Bulldog Nose Butter

A bulldog’s nose has a habit of getting dried and rough, but with this product, you can soften its nose and help keep it soft and wet. The nose butter is made of organic ingredients like:

  • Organic shea butter
  • Organic avocado oil
  • Organic beeswax
  • Organic olive oil
  • Organic almond oil
  • Organic cocoa seed butter
  • Organic castor oil
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Essential oils
Blissful Bulldog Nose Butter on White Background

Simply dab a bit of the nose butter onto your pooch’s nose and voila! It will stay nicely moisturized!

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2-in-1 Pet Glove

Although Bulldogs don't have long hair, they still shed pretty frequently. With this glove, you can use the rubber toothed side to groom your dog while petting them, and the velour side to remove pet hair from your clothing and furniture. The glove is a great alternative to brush because while they think you are just petting them, you are actually grooming them!

Conclusion

Welcoming a new bulldog puppy into your family can be an exciting event. It isn’t just an animal, it’s going to be a wonderful companion that will give you unconditional love and comfort as long as it lives. So it is only understandable that you want to have the best bulldog accessories available to make sure your pet is going to be happy and comfortable at all times.

Bulldog Couple with Tie Collars

If you haven’t already purchased accessories for your dog, make sure you create a list of the items you’ll need so that you can provide them with the best care possible.

When you’re choosing dog crates, leashes, collars, and even harnesses and muzzles, you should take into consideration the age of your bulldog (maybe you are adopting an older dog instead of a puppy), as well as how you plan on training the dog. But when it comes to food bowls, toys, and grooming tools, you can’t really go wrong!

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