English bulldog puppy six week still not walking on hind legs.
I was wondering. I am in the process of getting an english bulldog puppy, He is currently 6 weeks old, however I have been told by the breeder that he is still not able to walk on his hind legs.
He is a little behind developmentally but the vet has told the breeder she sees it a lot in bulldog puppies and he should be fine.
I am concerned. Is this normal for English Bulldog puppies? Is it a sign of a future problem?
You're right to be concerned. A puppy who can't walk properly at 6 weeks of age and is showing signs of developmental delay definitely has some problems. Hip dysplasia is a possibility, as is nerve or neurological problems.
I am not very familiar with English Bulldogs in terms of their development, but I would be very cautious about taking the breeders' word for the 'normality' of developmental issues.
I can't tell you what to do, but this is what I would do if I were in your shoes....
First, do not buy this puppy until you are totally satisfied that he is healthy. If the breeder is close to you and you are able to visit them, I would recommend getting her permission to pick up the puppy and take it to your own vet (or one of your choice) for a full examination. That way you have an independent evaluation to rely on.
If this isn't possible, then I would ask the breeder for the name and telephone number of the veterinarian who treats her dogs and puppies, and call them yourself. Ask specifically about this puppy, and his problems. This isn't as good a choice as the first option, but is better than taking her word at face value.
I breed dogs myself, and I don't mean to imply that the person you're buying this puppy from isn't 'on the level'. I know there are all kinds of issues that arise with puppies, and generally the breeder knows 'her breed' and her dogs better than anyone else. However, when health concerns are involved it's much better to be cautious.
If the second veterinary opinion is satisfactory, and you're happy that the puppy is generally healthy, then you can go ahead and purchase it if you want to. I would try to get a proper, written health contract from the breeder though, to guard against any other genetic/hereditary defects.
I also think in that case you would have to be aware of the fact that this puppy may develop other health issues and could be one that will cost you in vets bills, and possibly worry or heartache.
I'm sorry to be so negative about this, but buying a puppy is a big commitment and although you may already be in love with this little guy, it's vital that you know what you're taking on if you buy him.
I hope this helps you come to a decision, or at least move forward, and I wish you all the best. I hope it works out well for you.