Our bulldog Axel, was an adorable pet shop puppy. We learned the hard way why buying from a pet store is not a good idea (besides the fact that they obtain their puppies from commercial breeders, also known as puppy mills). Bulldogs normally range in weight up to approximately 55 pounds. Axel high weight was 84 pounds! He was a big, tall boy. Since we had not seen his parents we had no idea he would get this large. Axel had his anterior cruxiate ligament repaired (expensive knee surgery) at one year old. He also had continual skin allergies and extreme dry eye, requiring eye drops twice a day for the rest of his life, which limits his vision. Since we got him from a petstore we had no way to contact his breeder to see if these health problems were in his background. We don't even know if his parents were health tested. And we had no one to 'hold our hand' through these health issues.