What are the best types of muzzles for Bulldogs for training and for safety if they become injured?
Bulldogs are relatively healthy, but they have short noses and under-bites and, because of this, they can suffer from is overheating. Heat is hard on all dogs, but especially on bulldogs with their pushed-in faces.
The main cooling method of dogs is panting to get rid of body heat and dogs with short noses have a more difficult time panting. On top of that, they often have small tracheas, pinched nostrils or elongated soft palettes so even breathing is difficult. The bulldog’s bulky body contributes even more to their difficulty in dealing with the heat.
Therefore, there are special muzzles made of mesh material to accommodate these pushed-in faces, but you also need to have a pretty thorough understanding of the different types of muzzles and just how to measure.
There are two kinds of muzzles:
• Basket type, which allows the dog to pant freely and drink water at will. Basket muzzles are good for long-term use when the dog is outside.
• Occlusion muzzle, which keeps the mouth of the dog completely shut. Advised for short-term use only (because it doesn’t allow the dog to pant or drink at will) an occlusion muzzle may be necessary when a dog needs to visit a veterinarian.
Next, measure carefully. First, start at the eye of the dog and measure down to the tip of the nose to get an accurate muzzle length. Then, measure for circumference, start one inch below the eye and measure all the way around the nose of the dog. For proper muzzle fit, you must add length to each circumference measurement. An addition of one-fourth of an inch to half of an inch is required for a small dog. Large dogs require an additional half inch to one full inch.
Finally, select the material. While muzzles come in a variety of materials that vary in aesthetic appeal and price, you’ll most likely want one made of mesh-material for your bulldog.