The Bulldog Breed Council

The Bulldog Breed Council




The Breed Council is comprised today of 19 Bulldog Clubs in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland registered with the Kennel Club. The Objectives of the Breed Council is to promote the Bulldog of the true type and liaise with the Kennel Club on all aspects of the health and well being of the breed.

The Council meets every four months and is attended by three officials (Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer) one voting delegate plus one other representative from each constituent member club. In addition, the Kennel Club Breed Liaison Officer, the BUBA representative, sub-committee members and Canine Press Breed Note writers also attend all the meetings as 'observers'.

Bulldog Rescue attend these meetings on behalf of the UKs Pet Owners, if there is anything you would like raised please let us know

Bulldog Rescue's Chairman is Breed Health Coordintor and their CEO sits on the Education Sub Committee

Why is this important? The bulldog (and many other breeds too) are now so flooded with Non Standard dogs we fear the breed as we know it may be lost forever. With the increase in Non Standard Colours comes an increase in congenital conditions - in particular Spina Bifida. Lines that have taken many years to create are not being improved by this influx of so called "new blood" - they are being ruined as more an more dogs with serious defects make their way in the lines of well known kennels, some of which have spent decades improving the health of the bulldog. And yet the Kennel Club still refuse to stop registering them and the longer this goes on the harder it will be to pull back from these serious issues that are now within the breed. Please take a moment to read what we are asking and if you agree please please please sign before we lose our Bulldog forever.



Breed Council Info Sheets


Their History

A number of Bulldog clubs decided to form a Breed Council in the 1970's but after a period of a few years it was unable to continue and was disbanded. In 1992 the Kennel Club was actively encouraging clubs to form a Breed Council and in 1993 with most of the clubs participating, the Bulldog Breed Council was formed and has been active ever since.

Breed Council Rules


In 2006 the Bulldog Breed Council Health certificate was first developed as a breeding tool.
We had meetings at the Kennel Club who asked what plans we had to improve the health of the breed so it was developed with input from the Breed Clubs as a voluntary assessment, with no pass or fail .The aim was to identify health problems, so efforts could be made to help breeders and pet breeders not to breed two dogs sharing the same health problems or issues. It was meant to be particularly helpful to newcomers to the breed.
As we move on to the present day, the Bulldog Breed Council is now revising their health Certificate to incorporate the Kennel Clubs Breed Watch Items.  The Bulldog is now one of the Kennel Clubs High Profile Breeds (Category 3)
Particular points of concern for individual breeds may include features not specifically highlighted in the breed standard including current issues. In some breeds, features may be listed which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future.
Prior to 2014 the features listed below derived from a combination of health surveys, veterinary advice, a meeting of Kennel Club Group judges, feedback from judges at shows or consultation with individual breed club(s)/councils via the breed health coordinators.
From 2014 the structure of Breed Watch will allow for a greater involvement by judges in the reporting on and monitoring of the points of concern.

Aim of the new Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation Scheme.

  • To promote the health and wellbeing of the Bulldog.
  • To promote healthy breeding practice.
  • To enable data collection, to monitor current issues of the Breed and to compare with the past and to make improvements in the future.
  • To Educate both Breeders and Pet Owners. To reward their participation in the scheme by achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
  • All dogs to be Kennel Club Registered.
  • All dogs to be microchipped or permanent tattoo.
  • To purchase a Bulldog Breed Council Bronze Health Certificate. One payment of £5.00 covers the cost of the Bronze, Silver and Gold.)
  • On purchase you will have to supply the owners name and current address, the dogs Kennel Club Name and Registration number with date of birth and microchip/tattoo number. (All certificates will be numbered, and all information will be kept by the Bulldog Breed Council Health administrator.


  • All Bulldogs to be tested from 12 months of age.
  • All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation form are non-invasive.
  • All dogs to be assessed by one of the Bulldog Breed Council Approved Vets. (click here for list) 
  • One copy to be kept by vet, one copy by the owner and the top copy to be sent to Health Administrator within a month of the Certificate being purchased.
  • Copy to be sent back to Health Administrator: Mrs Lieza Handley, 18 Sandbeds Road, Willenhall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV12 4EY.
  • A Bronze Health Certificate will not be awarded if the dog does not meet the following criteria:
  • Heart –any abnormality will be referred to a cardiologist for further tests. 
  • Eyes – any conditions that are detrimental to the dog’s health.
  • Any sign of aggression.
  • Spine – any palpable abnormality will be referred for further investigation and X-ray. (eg: Spina Bifida)
  • If the information is not clear and is any way questionable, the anonymous form (identified only by certificate number) will be presented to the Bulldog Breed Council whose decision is final.
  • Once the dog has achieved a clear form without the issues listed above, the Bronze Level Health Certificate will be issued and sent to the owner . The dog's name will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
  • All data collected from the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation Form, will be used at the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation meetings for future surveys and general health information. (all certificates will be identified by number only)

All examinations indicated on the Bulldog Breed Council Health & Conformation Silver Certificate are non-invasive.
To apply for the Silver Level the following requirements have to be met:

  • To have been awarded a Bronze Level Certificate.
  • Clear results on eye examination recorded.
  • To have Putnam Test  (Grade 0-1)
  • To have an HUU DNA test of Clear/ Carrier (certificate copy sent in, which includes

Microchip/tattoo number)

  • To have obtained a RFGS (Grade 0,1,2 (BOAS))
  • No adverse tail problems (inverted or lack of tail will fail Silver level)
  • Any undesirable characteristics as applied by the Breed Standard.
  • Not to be monorchid or cryptorchid.
  • Not to have blue or green eyes.
  • Not to have colours not recognised.
  • Not to be a Dudley


  • All Bulldogs to be over 24 months of age.
  • To have been awarded both the Bronze and Silver levels.
  • BVA or ECVO Eye Scheme – copy of certificate. Clear results on eye examination recorded (Test to be done at 2 years of age or over)
  • BOAS Research Scheme. Certificate of Participation. ** changed on 29/9/2016 see below
  • BOAS To have obtained a grade 0 or 1.
  • Heart screening by qualified Auscultation approved Veterinary Surgeon.(Test to be done at 2 years of age or over)
  • Copies of the certificates which include Microchip/tattoo number of all the tests to be sent in. 
  • Once the dog has achieved all the above, the Gold Level Health and Conformation Certificate is issued and sent to the owner it will also be listed on the Breed Council website.
  • We understand that most people would not willingly put their dogs under general anaesthetic, but if the situation does arise, the results of the following tests and the data they would provide would be invaluable to the future of the breed.

  **Note: Cambridge University Veterinary College have established a grading system for Bulldogs as at 21.09.2016. Anyone who has previously had their dogs tested and wish to obtain their grade result to now qualify for gold can apply to the University who will provide the grade upon payment of a £10.00 administration fee. 

Gold stars will be awarded for:

  • Trachea measurements.
  • Spinal X-Ray (Thorax area).
  • Heart Doppler examination.
  • HUU Clear
  • Kennel Club Stud Book Number
  • Uk Champion
  • RFGS tested in the chamber at Cambridge University (Grade 0,1)