I'd like to go back to muttboys advise and maybe think about a rescue dog, especially because your partner sounds a little difficult. Maybe chose a rescue organisation that works with foster carers. That way you can get a pretty accurate description from the carer (e.g. re sleepiness, barking) and minimise the risk of bad surprises, which you'll always have if you get a pup - regardless of their breed. We have a sleepy border collie... I just think there is no guarantee for character traits in certain breeds. Plus most rescues will offer trial period to see if you and the pooch are compatible.
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There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
There is no such thing as a miniature bulldog. People bred small Australian bulldogs but the health problems are endless, plus no health guarentee/pedigree.
We have a pug and a french bulldog. The frenchie is louder then the pug lol Victoria doesn't snore, she barely makes any sounds at all because she's nice and trim. She came from a pedigree breeder and even got champion title many years ago! The only problems she has now are due to a life of inadequate vet treatment (unrepaired torn cruciate ligament, teeth left to fester and almost 7 years as an outside only dog) but she's pretty darn healthy despite it at almost 11 years of age.
Pugs are not unhealthy if from a decent breeder. No matter what you pick go visit the parents and other dogs in the house to see how the pups are raised, the temperaments of the dogs that your pup will come from and also if they suit you and your lifestyle.
The french bulldog has minimal coat but she feels the cold quite easily. She's wash and wear but snores a lot whereas the pug not at all. She's a rehome, apparently she learned snoring from the other frenchie they had there. Chloe is about 6 1/2 but doesn't look it at all. One thing to remember with the bulldog breeds, ALL bulldog breeds, no matter the size you're still dealing with a temperament that takes time and effort to train. Despite being shy, both of our little ones have no issue trying to take on our Belgians, and it's not cute or funny. Frenchies in particular have been known to be stubborn and fearless so socialise and train from the moment you get them.
Cavaliers are wonderful dogs if you get them from a good breeder. I've seen shyness in the breed, but they should be always happy, outgoing little spaniels. You can clip the coat short if you prefer not to have to handle the longer coat.
The only thing with small breeds and PARTICULARLY the novel breeds, they get stolen easily. I don't leave my small girls outside when we are not home as I know some idiot will steal them, despite them being desexed (plus the living room with TV is much nicer!)
Second emergency vet trip this week!!!!
Really appreciate all the advise here. We have now decided that IF we get a dog (i'm still waiting to get him to sign on the dotted line), then it will be a bulldog. I've been bombarding him with bulldog videos and he's in love as much as I am. Am now in the process of starting to open dialogues with local breeders to find out all we can about the breed before we make the next step. Hopefully looking at a 12 month timeframe to have partner completely agree and then get ready for the baby!
Given it takes about 12 months to get a quality puppy (from finding a breeder who wants to breed, them waiting for the bitch to come on heat.... and then for the puppies to be old enough to rehome...)
Now is your time to find and choose your breeder. I would recommend looking for "british bulldogs" or maybe "aussie bulldogs" but avoiding "American bulldogs".
American bulldogs are being sold in a scam like way - people are being promised papers, and charged outrageous prices for a big scary dog with unstable temperament. You don't want that.
Aussie bulldogs are not recognised by the ANKC so don't expect "papers" there either. But they seem more like they're trying to breed a healthier bulldog. The British bulldog breeders are also trying to do this, but their breed standard is yet to catch up. "The skull should be very large - the larger the better " as long as this is in their breed standard, I would be avoiding them. Or avoiding breeders aiming for show standard dogs.
But go find some breeders, find their social events or shows, and meet lots of dogs and bulldog obsessed people. That way when you're ready for a puppy, you will know where you want to get yours and they will know you as a good home for one of their precious puppies.
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