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Bulldog Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Bulldog is an incredibly stout, medium-sized dog with a broad chest, strong shoulders, and blockish head. The jaw is very prominent, featuring a wide mouth and a blunt muzzle. The forehead is broad and flat, but don’t let the scowl on their heavily wrinkled face fool you. These dogs are lovable, sociable, and, despite their impressive physique, first-class couch potatoes.

This dog has character, and the distinct wrinkles on the Bulldog’s face contribute to their library of facial expressions. (Bulldog puppies are especially cute, with folds falling over their inquisitive eyes!) The ears are quite small and sit far back on their dome-shaped heads. Bulldogs typically have straight tails, but sometimes, they are corkscrewed. Their coat is very short and straight, smooth to the touch, and glossy to the eye. Their coat can be brindle, red, shades of brown, or solid white.

Bulldog Fast Facts

Non-Sporting
8 - 11 years
England
13th century
50 lb
40 lb
13 - 15"
12 - 14"
Bull Dog.
English Bulldog

Temperament

Gentle, sociable, and affectionate, the Bulldog is living proof that you cant judge a book by its cover....

Their image and reputation are fierce, but the reality is that Bulldogs are incredibly gentle and easy-going. They are very affectionate, so get ready for some sloppy kisses when you get home.

Bulldogs like people, and they do well when introduced to strangers around the house. This breed also gets along remarkably well with children and cats. Many a comical dynamic duo has been forged in the past between a rough-looking Bulldog and a classy feline. However, strange dogs can be a different tale entirely.

Bulldogs can become aggressive toward new dogs, especially male Bulldogs, so proper socialization is important for Bulldog puppies. The Bulldog can be very playful, tossing their head to and fro in a game of tug-of-war, but theyre also happy laying around on the couch with you. Most of the time, a Bulldog would rather watch TV than do anything overly physical.

Caring For a Bulldog

If you cant find the TV remote, you might want to ask your Bulldog....

Bulldogs love to relax. Whether its on the couch, on your bed, or curled up against you while you watch your favorite shows, relaxation is an art form to these dogs. That makes them perfect for apartment living where there might not be a lot of space or regular access to the great outdoors. They arent 100% sedentary, and they will benefit from a short walk, but dont be surprised if they burrow a little further under the covers at the sight of the leash especially if its hot or cold out! Bulldogs dont handle the heat or the cold well, and they are much happier in temperate environments. They dont care for intense moisture, and they will snore like a freight train in humid environments. In fact, water in general is not their thing. The overwhelming majority of Bulldogs cant swim. (Perhaps they never learned because it looked like too much effort.)

In terms of grooming, their shedding level is about average, and they need a good brushing down a few times a week. They cant clean the wrinkles on their own face, and grime can (and will) build up in there, so they need their face wrinkles wiped with a damp cloth often. Hereditary health issues are, unfortunately, common in Bulldogs, so make sure you know your dogs history before you adopt.

Bulldog History

Breed History

Originally bred to fight bulls, this extraordinary gladiator has evolved into the ultimate couch potato....

Way back in the day, in early 13th century England, there was a job called bull baiting. It was a very unpleasant activity in which Bulldogs would latch onto the nose of a bull with their strong jaws and basically whip it into a fury. If youve ever seen a cowboy hold onto a bucking bull, remember that theyve got it easy: theyre on the bulls back, away from the pointy end. The Bulldog had a similar job, but they had to hold onto the bulls face using only their jaws. Yikes! Talk about tough.

In the Middle Ages, Bulldogs were very different from today's breed. The Bulldog of the Middle Ages was bigger, stronger, and a heck of a lot angrier. Thankfully, in about 1835, it was decided that dog fighting was just a plain bad idea, and it was outlawed in England. With their gladiator days behind them, Bulldogs began to decrease in popularity. Sharply. In fact, at one point, they almost disappeared.

But people quickly got together and bred the dog to be a peaceful companion, and the Bulldog was recognized by the AKC in 1886. Now, the dog is even more famous as a loving member of the household than they ever were as bull baiters hundreds of years ago. In fact, they are consistently ranked in the top 20 most popular dogs in America year after year a suitable retirement plan for such a hardworking dog.