Having a litter of puppies is a wonderful thing…a bone tiring, up for days on end, loud and often smelly…but wonderful thing. It is amazing watching a litter grow and fulfilling to watch those well-rounded American bulldog puppies head off to their own homes where they can make people happy. However, a puppy’s life starts at birth and many people wonder, can American bulldogs give natural birth?
So let’s answer this question, can bulldogs give birth naturally? No, most bulldog breeds cannot give natural birth. In general, bulldog puppies are often too large for the birth canal. This requires the aid of a trained veterinarian to perform a c-section in most cases. However, some bulldog breeds do not require c-sections and can have a natural birth.
And that is where it gets complicated. Breeding bulldogs is not always the same from start to finish. While we can expect some things when our bulldogs are expecting, bulldog breeds often present a few challenges such as natural breeding, whether they can whelp naturally and even if they are pregnant, which can be surprisingly difficult to determine. In addition, there are many different bulldog breeds and it is good to know whether they can deliver their puppies naturally.
Can American Bulldogs get Pregnant Naturally?
While the answer is yes, American bulldogs can get pregnant naturally, it is important to note that they do not get pregnant easily when using natural methods. First, with many bulldog breeds, the chest, shoulders and head are much larger than their hips. What this means is that the dog is usually heavier in the front than they are in the back.
As you may have noticed above, some bulldog lines and breeds can do very well with natural delivery and birth. However, it is very important for the breeder to be aware of signs that your dog is in distress. One of the most common signs is when the bulldog is pushing for longer than an hour. This often indicates that a puppy is stuck and needs medical intervention.
However, when we look at statistics, up to 95% of American bulldogs require c-sections to properly deliver their puppies. Again, this has to do with morphology. The female American bulldog has narrow hips, which gives her that bulldog shape.
Unfortunately, her puppies are usually quite large and have large heads and shoulders. This makes whelping the puppies naturally very difficult and can result in an emergency c-section. Rather than risking the puppies or the dam, most bulldog breeders opt for planned c-sections.