It’s an exciting day when you come home from the breeder, and 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 are 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.
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?
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:
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.
Chain slip collars
A chain slip collar, or a choke chain, is 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 its 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 chain slip collars.
Warning – These collars should never be left on your for long periods of time, and definitely not when left unattended!
These collars are also known as limited-slip collars or greyhound collars. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 its shoulders and torso.
When it comes to choosing a leash, you might think any old leash will do. That isn’t always the case.
Here is the list of different leash types you can test:
These leashes are lightweight, affordable, and can be easily washed. However, if your dog lunges, it could burn your hand.
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.
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.
When it comes to bulldog accessories, you want to be educated in knowing what kind of muzzle is ideal for your bulldog.
We recommend 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 airflow, especially in hot temperatures.
Prolonged wear could lead your dog to have heat stroke, which is never good!
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 a 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 its 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.
When you are looking for bulldog accessories, it would be a good idea to look into purchasing a crate for your pooch.
We recommend 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.
Dog crates can be made from a variety of materials:
A wire crate is a great choice for dogs who want to be able to see their surroundings.
This type of crate offers plenty of airflows 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.
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 downside 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.
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.
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.
Whoever 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 downside 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.
Bulldog Food Bowl
Choosing the right food bowl for your bulldog is an important part of their overall health and well-being.
Bulldogs are prone to certain health issues such as bloating, which can be exacerbated by eating too quickly or eating from a poorly designed bowl. A suitable food bowl can help prevent these issues and make mealtime a more comfortable experience for your furry friend.
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a food bowl for your bulldog is the size and shape.
Bulldogs have a brachycephalic or “flat face” structure, which can make it difficult for them to eat from deep or narrow bowls. Opt for a wider, shallow bowl that allows your bulldog to access their food easily and comfortably.
Another important consideration is the material of the bowl. Plastic bowls can easily scratch or develop cracks, which can harbor bacteria and be difficult to clean.
Stainless steel bowls are a popular choice for bulldog owners, as they are durable, easy to clean, and resistant to scratches and cracks.
Just like with children, toys are going to be important bulldog accessories that you’ll want to have on hand.
Not only will they keep them occupied, but it helps them relieve stress and help their teeth, which will help reduce how many chewed-up wires and shoes you’ll have around the house.
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.
Bulldog Grooming Tools
Bulldogs are a beloved breed that requires regular grooming to maintain their health and appearance. Thankfully, there are many grooming tools available to help make the process easier and more effective.
From brushes and combs to nail clippers and ear cleaners, bulldog grooming tools are essential for keeping your furry friend looking and feeling their best.
Bulldog grooming tools are essential for keeping your furry friend looking and feeling their best.
Whether you’re brushing their coat, trimming their nails, or cleaning their ears, there are many tools available to make the process easier and more effective. With the right grooming tools and a little bit of patience, you can help your bulldog stay healthy and happy for years to come.
One of the most important tools for bulldog grooming is a high-quality brush.
Bulldogs have short, dense fur that can be prone to matting and shedding, so regular brushing is crucial. Look for a brush with firm bristles that can penetrate through the coat and remove any loose fur or dirt.
A slicker brush is a popular choice for bulldogs, as it can effectively remove tangles and mats without damaging their sensitive skin.
Another essential grooming tool for bulldogs is a pair of nail clippers.
Overgrown nails can be uncomfortable for your pet and can even cause damage to your floors or furniture.
Clippers specifically designed for bulldogs are ideal, as they can easily cut through their thick nails without causing pain or discomfort. Be sure to trim your bulldog’s nails regularly to keep them healthy and well-maintained.
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.
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!