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How Often Should You Bathe A Bulldog?

By Kerry
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A dog’s coat is an integral part of his or her health, well-being, and comfort. A healthy, shiny coat can make the difference between a happy pet and a sad, stressed-out pet.

When it comes to caring for your dog’s coat, you’ll need to make sure that your dog has a regular care routine – and that includes bathing.

But, how often should you bathe a bulldog? We’re here to help you answer that question.

As we’re sure you already know, bulldog’s have a smooth coat which means that regular bathing is crucial to ensure the skin and coat stays healthy. 

So, whenever you’re ready, let’s jump right in. 

Bulldog puppy

How Often Should You Bathe A Bulldog?

If you’re the owner of a bulldog, then it’s important to note that you will need to make sure that you are maintaining a regular bathing and grooming routine to ensure that your bulldog’s smooth coat stays healthy and shiny. 

As a general rule of thumb, you should be sure to bathe your bulldog at least once a week (depending on your dog’s lifestyle) and ensure that you are not waiting any longer than 6 weeks in-between each bath.

How To Bathe Your Bulldog

The first step in bathing your dog is to make sure that you are prepared to clean your Bulldog. 

After you have made sure you have all the supplies you’ll need before you start and an appropriate place to clean your dog, follow the instructions below to bathe your dog correctly:

Step 1: Prepare Your Dog

Before you begin, be sure you’ve got the right tools for the job. Start by making sure you have plenty of clean, fresh water available – we recommend using a bathtub or shower.

If you plan to use soap or shampoo, make sure they won’t cause any harm to your dog’s skin and that you are using shampoo specifically designed for your Bulldog. 

Step 2: Get Ready

Once you’ve done your prep work, it’s time to get started. First, make sure your dog is comfortable.

Your bulldog may be nervous about being washed or having their hair combed. Be patient and gentle as you wash your dog. The last thing you want to do is hurt your dog. 

Next, decide how you’d like to position your dog while you’re washing him. Some dogs prefer lying down, while others enjoy sitting up. Choose something that’s safe and comfortable for both of you.

Step 3: Wash Your Bulldog

Start at the head and work your way down. Use warm, not hot, water. Hot water can dry out your dog’s skin.

While you’re working your way through your dog’s body, keep your hands away from his eyes and ears. This helps prevent injury. 

When you reach the bottom of your dog’s body, rinse away all the remaining suds from the shampoo to make sure that there isn’t any build-up in your bulldog’s fur – as this could lead to itching! 

All the while, make sure that you are praising your bulldog to make sure that they are kept calm, relaxed, and content.

Step 4: Dry Your Bulldog

After rinsing your dog, pat him dry using a towel. Avoid rubbing too hard. Rubbing your dog too much can irritate his skin. Instead, gently pat him dry. If you notice any dirt or debris stuck in your dog’s fur, brush it out with a soft bristle brush. Brushing your dog’s fur regularly also keeps it looking its best.

Step 5: Clean Up

After you finish bathing your dog, take extra caution to avoid getting any water on your floor or furniture. Before you leave, wipe up any excess water.

Remember, it’s important to keep your dog’s environment clean and free of dirt and debris. Keep your home and yard clean and wash away any leftover dirt from cleaning your Bulldog.

What To Know About Bathing A Bulldog?

Cute bulldog wearing pink ribbon

Bathing your dog isn’t just about keeping your dog’s coat clean. It’s also about protecting the skin against harmful germs and diseases. Bathing your dog regularly helps protect them from these threats. 

However, it’s important to remember that not every dog needs to be bathed daily.

Here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not, to bathe your dog on a regular basis:


Your Bulldog’s age plays an important role in determining how often he should be bathed.

Puppies and young adult dogs typically don’t need to be bathed as frequently as older dogs, as they are usually able to maintain their cleanliness by themselves.


Some breeds require more frequent baths than others. For example, Bulldogs tend to shed more than other breeds.

That means they’ll need to be bathed more frequently as well as groomed more regularly than other breeds of dog, too!

Skin Problems

This is a factor that might impact how regularly you are able to clean your Bulldog.

For the most part, Bulldogs who suffer from allergies or skin problems such as mange or ringworm may need to be bathed less frequently or even have an entirely unique bathing routine created by their veterinarian.


Last but not least, various lifestyle factors will also impact how regularly you should bathe your Bulldog. For example, dogs who live outside all day long will likely need to be bathed more frequently than those who stay most of the time indoors.

Final Thoughts

One thing’s for sure, a good bath goes a long way toward making a dog feel clean and healthy! 

Sure, even though it’s no secret that bulldogs require more maintenance and care than other types of dogs if you follow the advice that we have shared with you above – you will be able to maintain your bulldog’s bathing and care routine and ensure that your bulldog’s coat and skin remain healthy and nourished. 

Thank you for reading! 

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About the author


Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.