- Group – Non Sporting
- Height – 12-16 inches at the shoulder
- Weight – 18-25 KG
- Life Span – 6-12 years
The Bulldog is a relaxed and intelligent breed, requiring less exercise than one might expect. He’s a loyal and enjoyable companion for any family.
The history of the English Bulldog is unfortunately a violent one. This breed was created, sometime in the 1500s or 1600s, specifically for the purpose of bull-baiting, a cruel so-called “sport” that pitted a dog against a bull for a fight to the death. The original Bulldog must have been ferocious, powerful and courageous. Attention to conformation, temperament, beauty or symmetry of form was not valued. Instead, they must have been bred to be savage, vicious and almost immune to pain. The Bulldog’s unusual extremely undershot jaw stems from those awful days, as it enabled him to grab a bull and clamp down, and hang on until the end. It was not a good time for the human-canine relationship. Dog fighting in underground “pits” became popular as bull-baiting’s popularity waned.
In 1885, bull and dog fighting became illegal in England. Despite the fact that this could have led to the disappearance of the Bulldog, a number of fanciers attempted to preserve this fine breed, to retain its good qualities without promoting its bad ones. Within a few generations, the English Bulldog became one of the finest physical and temperamental specimens among canines, with its original viciousness completely gone. This is the English Bulldog of today, who is docile and adaptive. He can live anywhere, loves children, is easy to care for and is affectionate and loyal. The Bulldog is probably one of the gentlest breeds in America today
Personality and Temperament
Bulldogs are affectionate, gentle, and very intelligent. They have a reputation for being sensitive, yet fearless
This breed enjoys being with other dogs and household pets. They are good with children, too. Some may be cautious with strangers, but are usually friendly to everyone.
Hair, Care and Grooming
Stright, short, flat, close,fine, smooth and glossy. The Bulldog should be brush to remove dead hairs during times of shedding. A special lotion may be applied to the facial folds to keep these clean.
This breed often has breathing problems, skin infections, hip and knee problems. They have poor eyesight and are susceptible to heat stroke in warm weather or hot rooms.
Training and Activity
This breed requires consistency in training, but sensitivity to its handler’s voice makes the learning process quite easy.
The Bulldog can adjust to your family’s activity level, but does enjoy exercise on a regular basis. Because of special needs at early ages, sufficient rest is needed so bones, muscles, and joints can develop properly.
Bulldogs typically enjoy a normal diet for dogs of their size and will enjoy a treat like bacon or sausage or even cheap meats that you might have readily available. Since Bulldogs are not great exercisers, it’s important not to over feed them.