English bulldogs are one of the top 10 most popular breeds in America, according to the American Kennel Club's 2009 survey. This is up from past years, indicating that more and more people are interested in the breed. But if you are planning on breeding English bulldogs, there are a few facts you should know about their litters.
According to Dog Breed Info, the average litter size of the English bulldog is between four and five puppies.
About 95 percent of bulldogs are C-sectioned, according to Phenix Bulldogs, an English bulldog breeder. This is because of the large size of the puppies' heads and also the breathing and overheating problems that bulldogs experience.
Breeders recommend allowing nursing for at least two full days for healthy, developed puppies, though some breeders recommend five. After that, you are free to feed them with a formula.
Number of litters
According to Bullwrinkle, a bulldog breeding site, most female bulldogs are only capable of producing two to three healthy litters. Any further breeding will lead to deterioration of quality of the offspring and of the mother's health.
While most breeders leave the puppies with the mother for at least the first eight weeks, bulldogs are not always great at caring for their puppies by themselves. Humans must monitor them, as there is danger of the mother rolling over and crushing the puppies without knowing it.