Originally Posted by Red Heeler
Nice enough dogs, but they have lots of problems. All of them have breathing problems. Many have hips so poor that they require reconstructive surgery before 1 year old. Skin problems are a big concern as well. In reality, they are a very expensive novelty item.
My advice is to go to the local shelter and pick out something you like. You will have a good companion and plenty of money left over for a nice TV.
Red Heeler knows his animals. Shelter dogs can be extemely loving animals. I got my shelter dog at 3 months. She's going on 10 now and still greets me when I get home as she did when she was a puppy. Lots of love there.
If I were to get a purebred, I would do so because it has certain traits that work well with my lifestyle. For example, if you have allergies, some purebreds won't affect you as much as other breeds or mixes. Also, you don't want a husky if you live in a small apartment and don't have time to take it for long walks. I would look into the traits of the English Bulldog and the potential health problems to make sure it was a dog I could handle and afford to take care of before making that decision.