Bulldog Grooming Practices Made Simple

Woman Grooming English Bulldog

Of all the breeds, the bulldog is one that doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance. You might think that you don’t have to take them to the vet every month to have their hair trimmed because they have a smooth and short coat.

You may also be under the impression that they don’t have to be bathed too often because they are generally a clean dog. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, as Bulldog’s World points out.

In fact, it is important that you keep up on the Bulldog grooming if you want to maintain the softness and sheen of their coat, you’re actually going to have to brush them at least four times a week. The overall cost of having a professional groom your pup may be an added cost that you hadn’t thought of when you first decided to adopt your bulldog.

English Bulldog Puppy Grooming

If you find yourself in the situation where you don’t want to pay for professional Bulldog grooming, you’re in luck! We’ve gathered some information on how to properly groom your bulldog without having to pay a small fortune to do so. In our article, we will be covering topics like:

  • Brushing Basics
  • Bathing Basics
  • Wrinkle care
  • Teeth and nail care

Are you ready to learn simple Bulldog grooming tips? If so, let’s get started!

Bulldog Grooming Basics

Brushing

Looks can be quite deceiving, especially if you think that by getting a bulldog you won’t have to spend a bunch of time grooming him. They’ve got short fur, so it isn’t going to get knotted or matted as you’d expect with breeds with longer hair. Ah, little do new bulldog owners realize is that even short-haired pooches need (and like) to have their fur brushed.

Grooming English Bulldog

But, how frequently does it need to be done? The Nest recommends that you do it every day, but Champ Bulldogs suggests that you can do it as little as three times a week. We recommend that if you want to keep your bulldog’s coat smooth and soft, brush them every other day, even if it is a quick run through.

Now, what kind of brush do you need? Ideally, you’ll want a bristled brush so that it can remove the short hair. Bulldog’s World recommends that you look for a quality brush at the pet store. This could be a slicker brush, a hand brush, grooming glove, or even a tight rubber pronged brush. Brush your pup's coat front to back, starting at the shoulders.

When you do this a couple times a week, you’ll notice there is going to be less hair on furniture or your clothes as a result of your pup shedding.

Bathing

Your bulldog isn’t going to need a bath every day, or every week for that matter. When you bathe them more often than they really need, it’s actually bad for them because, as The Nest points out, you’re stripping their skin and fur of essential oils, which can make them dry and brittle. Instead, just bathe your dog whenever they get into a messy situation, or they start to smell bad.

Woman Bathing Bulldog

When you are going to bathe your dog, you want to find Bulldog grooming products instead of using some type of shampoo that you’d use on your own hair. You want to use pet shampoos because they’ve to be formulated specifically for your dog and will have different cleaning agents in them then what you would find in your own shampoo.

Wrinkle Care

It’s true that your bulldog’s wrinkles and floppy ears are adorable, they require special attention because they can be harmful to your Bulldog’s health if they aren’t cleaned regularly. In between the folds of those cute wrinkles could lie a buildup of dirt and oils, which needs to be cleaned every day so that they don’t get infected and start smelling.

French Bulldog Wrinkle Cleaning

You can create a Bulldog grooming kit that includes a soft bristled brush, medicated pads, or even a few cotton balls and baby oil. You should keep in mind that the skin between the face wrinkles are probably going to be more sensitive than other parts of his body, so you’ll want to be gentle!

Nails And Teeth

There’s no denying that we love our Bulldogs and of course, their kisses, their breath can be a downer. You can circumvent that by using a toothbrush and toothpaste that’s been designed for your dog. Simply do a cursory scrub each day to ensure their teeth and breath are clean. We do recommend that this is a practice you do early on when they are puppies so that they get used to the activity and don’t resist too much.

English Bulldog Nails Grooming

When it comes to grooming their nails, you want to make sure that they are trim and neat. Although you don’t have to cut their nails every day, you should clip them once a month at least. You can use a bulldog grooming set that includes nail clippers or a nail grinder. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can take your bully to a groomer and have them trim their nails for a small fee.

The Wrap-Up

Welcoming a bulldog into your home can be a wonderful experience. They can fill your home with love and excitement, especially when they start playing with you! As fun as having a bulldog can be, they still need to be taken care of and be properly groomed.

Two Clean English Bulldogs

The coat of a bulldog is quite deceptive in that although it is short and sleek, you still have to brush it to keep it that way. While you may not have to worry about knotting like you would with a pup with longer fur, their coat can still look a little mangy if left unattended.

Bulldog grooming goes beyond the simple brushing, though. While you may not have to bathe them regularly, you do have to make sure their wrinkles are cleaned every day, so they don’t become infected or start smelling. You’ll find that when you practice these grooming tips early in their life, your Bulldog may even come to look forward to grooming time—or at the very least not run and hide!

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