Common English Bulldog Health Problems

This page will identify and explain some common English Bulldog health problems. It's important to note that this page is for information only and if you are in any doubt about any of the conditions you should ask a vet for advice.

Whilst some of these conditions are irritating or painful, others can be fatal, so prompt attention from a qualified professional can make a lot of difference to your dog's quality of life.


One of the commonest problems experienced by English Bulldogs is an allergy, with a food allergy coming near the top of the list of things that most people think of as being the cause. However, this isn't always the case. There are many other causes of allergies that can affect your pet. Learn more about food allergy and other causes of allergies.

Dermatitis can take a number of forms. For example, Interdigital dermatitis, which is an infection between the toes. Facial fold dermatitis, which as the name suggests affects the dog's face. Learn more about dermatitis.

Cherry Eye

This is an unsightly and potentially harmful condition that needs attention from a veterinary professional. Find out more about bulldog cherry eye.

Brachycephalic Syndrome

This is a medical term for a breathing problem that is experienced by bulldogs because of their narrow airways. More about Brachycephalic Syndrome.

Skeletal Issues

Spina Bifida is an inherited skeletal problem that affects the spinal column. Hemivertebra is a painful condition caused by abnormal bone development and usually requires surgery. More information about skeletal problems.

Other English Bulldog Health Problems

Patella luxation is a knee problem. It can be an inherited, birth defect or can occur after an injury. Find out what causes Patella Luxation and how it's treated.

Mast Cell Tumors - a form of cancer that is malignant. Early detection gives the best chance of managing the condition. Mesothelioma, another form of cancer, is becoming increasingly common in dogs. Learn how Mesothelioma could affect your pet.

Demodicosis - A skin disease caused by mites, also called "Red Mange". Depending on your dog's age and general condition this can be treated relatively easily. Learn more about Demodicosis / Red Mange

Deafness - Can be inherited or caused by a number of things. These include too much loud noise, the effects of anesthesia, the result of drugs, and Otitis, which is a medical name for an ear infection. More information about deafness.

Tear staining. While not a health problem as such, it can be a concern because it looks so unsightly. Find out more about tear staining

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Other Resources

To learn more and read in more detail about these and other English Bulldog health problems, please have a look at or BCA Health (both links open in new windows).