British bulldog pet insurance

Find out everything you need to know about insuring your wrinkly pup, from common health problems to average costs of British bulldog pet insurance in the UK.

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Average cost of British bulldog pet insurance

Sometimes known as English bulldogs, these wrinkly pooches are a popular bread both in and out of the UK.

We ran a number of quotes from a range of well-known pet insurance companies through our partner Confused.com. Our research indicates that you’d be expected to pay approximately £80 per month on average for British bulldog pet insurance in the UK. If you’d rather pay in a single annual instalment, this comes to around £960.

We ran these quotes using the following criteria:

  • Female
  • 3-year-old
  • Chipped
  • Bought for £650
  • Neutered
  • Vaccinations up to date
  • No pre-existing conditions
  • Non aggressive

The cheapest quote we found was the Super policy from Animal Friends, which came in at £22.62 per month, or £271.44 annually. The most expensive was Asda Money with their Lifetime 10,000 policy – £182.03 per month, or £2,183.26 annually.

What type of insurance is best for a British bulldog?

There are four main types of pet insurance policies you should be familiar with.

  • Accident insurance. An accident only policy will pay out only in the event of an accident, not in a situation involving a long-term medical issue, such as an illness or chronic condition.
  • Time-Limited insurance. A time limited policy will pay out for a specific condition for a predetermined time frame and then stop, usually after a year of treatment.
  • Maximum benefit insurance. A maximum benefits policy will pay out for a particular health issue up to a specified amount, at which point the policy will no longer contribute any further funding for that condition.
  • Lifetime insurance. The most comprehensive and expensive variety of pet insurance, lifetime insurance covers your bulldog for any eventuality, with an insurance contribution for a specified amount renewed each year for as long as the policy is kept.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which insurance policy is right for your dog. However, it should be noted that bulldogs are renowned for chronic respiratory issues and will likely require repeated medical treatment over the course of their lives. This means that accident only insurance is not likely to be the best choice when it comes to insuring your bulldog. Financial situation depending, you are better off choosing either a maximum benefit or lifetime insurance policy.

Common health problems for British bulldogs

  • Hip dysplasia. Bulldogs have the highest rate of hip dysplasia among all dog breeds, at 70%. Hip Dysplasia involves an abnormal joint condition that can contribute to your bulldog becoming lame or suffering from chronic pain.
  • Skin problems. Sores, abscesses, and infections are relatively common in the folds of your bulldog’s face, should the face not be regularly washed and wiped down to keep it clean.
  • Respiratory issues. Bulldogs are famous for their respiratory problems, due to their narrowed airways caused by selective breeding to achieve their distinctive face.

Average treatment costs for British bulldogs

Owning a dog prone to regular medical treatment is expensive, and common and recurring illnesses are important to consider when selecting the right pet insurance plan. The right policy can limit the likelihood of having to shed out hundreds of pounds to cover the below treatment costs:

Health ProblemAverage treatment cost
Hip dysplasia£1,233
Respiratory treatment£200
Entropian surgery£350

Fun facts about British bulldogs

  • Although bulldogs have a chequered past, and are often stereotyped as being rather aggressive, the British bulldog is actually a perfect family pet, as they are generally agreed to be excellent around young children.
  • The name ‘bulldog’ dates back to the bloody sport of bull baiting. Horrifically, bulldogs were used to creep beneath a bull and attempt to latch onto its nose – often with painful, and even fatal, results for both the dog and the bull.
  • Bulldogs are quintessentially associated with the UK and, in particular, Winston Churchill. Whilst this may have much to do with Churchill’s pluckiness and even physical appearance, Second World War cartoons often used a bulldog to represent the UK.

Bottom line

British bulldogs do unfortunately suffer from the highest rate of hip dysplasia of all dog breeds. As a result, your pet may have to deal with chronic pain or becoming lame. Other issues they are likely to face, due mainly to selective breeding, are respiratory difficulties.

This could mean more medical treatment for your pet and therefore higher insurance premiums.

Do some homework on dog insurance and compare the deals on offer. Check out our pet insurance provider reviews and our guides on other dog breeds.

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