Bulldogs are cute, fat and very hard to groom properly. The breed loves to be groomed, but they might pull back when you go to trim their nails (they hate it). And because Bulldogs have short hair, a lot of owners assume that they don’t need to be groomed often.
The truth is that Bulldogs need special care when they’re groomed. You might have the best brush for a Bulldog, but that’s not enough to ensure your dog’s skin and coat are healthy.
You know those cute little wrinkles that you can’t get enough of? They cause a lot of problems for you pup. The wrinkles may be adorable, but the problem is that they need some serious cleaning, too.
Bulldog Wrinkle Maintenance Before Brushing
Before you pull out your brush, your Bulldog’s wrinkles will need a little maintenance. The problem is that moisture builds up between the wrinkles, which can cause serious skin issues. You must prepare to clean all of these wrinkles yourself, or you’ll be paying a groomer every month.
Cleaning is simple. You’ll need:
- Mild soap
Use a very mild soap mixed with water. You’ll want to lift up your pup’s wrinkles and clean with a washcloth or simply rub the solution in with your hands. When you’re done, you’ll want to inspect the skin to see what’s happening.
This can mean a lot of things, but you’ll want to inspect for flaky skin or rashes primarily.
If you notice that your pup has dry, flaky skin, you can use ointment to help relieve the dryness and the rash. Desitan ointment works very well. Medicated powder or even baby powder can be used between the wrinkles to keep the skin dry in these areas.
Remember that the moisture is what’s causing your dog’s skin problems.
If your pup’s skin looks good, you’ll want to make sure that you dry the skin well at the end of his cleaning. This will ensure that the moisture levels are kept to a minimum and your dog’s skin and wrinkles remain healthy.
There are also other Bulldog needs, such as ear cleanings and brushing their teeth, but our main focus is on the dog’s brushing needs.
The reason we mention their folds is important – you don’t want to make the dog’s skin problems worse by brushing. Avoid brushing areas that are already irritated or are showing signs of a rash, as this may cause further complications.
Choosing the Best Brush for a Bulldog
Bulldogs don’t have a double coat, but they do overheat. The problem that bulldogs face is that they have short noses, and with the short nose, this breed also has a problem with overheating.
Proper grooming can help, and you need to be especially cautious of your dog’s hair length at all times.
You’ll want to brush your dog once per week at a minimum, and every day, you’ll want to clean between their wrinkles. Since this breed does have issues cooling down, it’s not uncommon for sweat to cause moisture buildup between the wrinkles.
Bulldogs are average shedders, so they won’t cause too much random hair to build up around your home.
- Rubber brushes work best for this breed because the bristles are very soft and don’t pose the same risk of scratching and irritation that metal bristles cause. A general rule of thumb is to rub the brush on your own arm before you brush your dog. This is a good indicator of whether or not the brush will cause discomfort to your dog.
- Flea and Tick combs are also recommended for all dogs, especially during the warmer months. These combs are very fine, and the goal of these combs is to remove fleas and ticks from the dog’s coat. I recommend using this comb weekly, too. But in the colder months, there’s little reason to use a flea and tick comb.
I always start brushing at the head of my dog and start moving to the tip of their tail. You’ll want to remember to get in areas that have a lot of folds, such as the under arms and between the dog’s legs.
If possible, also make sure to brush your dog’s tail and hind quarters very well to keep him as cool as possible.
Again, be cautious when trying to brush any areas where skin irritation exists. You don’t want to cause your furry friends any further discomfort or distress by brushing these areas. If the problem is so severe, you can ask your veterinarian for some special ointment or cream to help the skin heal faster.
If you don’t like using a brush with rubber bristles, you can opt to use a short hair brush, which will work perfectly for the short-hair Bulldog in your life.
De-shedding tools are also a great option and work to remove the loose hair from the dog. These brushes, depending on the type, will go deep into your dog’s hair to remove any loose hair that may exist.
And again, be cautious around and folds that are irritated or showing a sign of rashes.
The good news is that you can use any brush with rubber bristles. The key most important thing is the comfort of your dog when being brushed, and the metal bristles that a lot of brushes have are simply too rough for these wrinkled pups.
Aside from this advice, you’ll also need to make sure your dog maintains a healthy diet to keep the risk of overheating to a minimum, and you’ll also want to maintain their nails properly. You can cut your dog’s nail on your own, and this can be done with a bi-weekly or monthly visual inspection of the dog’s nails.
Just be cautious not to cut the pup’s kwik (pronounced quick) in the process.
Accompanied with a bath and the proper coat care, your Bulldog’s coat will look healthy, well-maintained and will shed less, too. If you have trouble brushing or grooming your dog properly, you can also bring your dog to the groomer for some first-hand, individual advice on grooming your dog.