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Bulldog Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Bulldog is a medium sized dog whose build suggests strength and vitality. It is a stocky dog with broad shoulders and a large, short head. The eyes are moderately sized, round and dark, and set wide apart and low away from the ears. The ears are small and thin, placed wide and far back on the skull. The head is broad and square, held high with a short profile and flat forehead. The nose is large and black, with the tip set deeply angled towards the eyes. The muzzle is extremely short and turned upward with large teeth and a level bite. The tail can be either straight or corkscrewed and is always held low. The coat is straight, short, and flat with a smooth feel and glossy look. The skin around the face and neck should be loose and covered with wrinkles. The color of the coat may be brindle, red, fawn, fallow 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

Dont let the Bulldogs scowling visage fool you, because those sagging jowls can just as easily be turned into a smile only a mother could love....

For a dog that was bred to go toe to toe with bulls, the Bulldog is extraordinarily docile and gentle. Anyone who has spent any time with this breed will tell you that they are truly affectionate, and much more likely to lick your face than bite your head off. Bulldogs are kind with children and cats, and sociable around strangers. Strange dogs are another story, however, and perhaps the only time you will see a Bulldog act aggressive and mean is in the presence of a dog it just doesnt like; this behavior is especially prevalent among males. The Bulldog is quite playful, but it will oftentimes need to be goaded into physical activity, as it is innately dormant and somewhat lazy.

Caring For a Bulldog

The Bulldog is an ideal dog for apartment life as it is fairly inactive indoors....

They have trouble cooling off in hot weather and chill easily so a temperate climate is ideal. The Bulldog is notoriously lethargic and neither desires nor requires a lot of exercise. A short, brisk walk around the neighborhood every day is sufficient. This breed is an average shedder; it needs a brushing several times a week and the wrinkles on its face cleaned with a damp cloth often. Bathe your Bulldog only when you find it necessary. Bulldogs may have trouble breathing in humid weather and often snore at night. They do not like water, and generally cannot swim. Hereditary health issues are rather common in this breed, and include canine hip dysplasia, shoulder luxation, elongated soft palate, internalized tail, stenotic nares, ventricular septal defect and KCS. Other, less common, concerns include patellar luxation, entropion, ectropion, distichiasis and demodicosis.

Bulldog History

Breed History

The Bulldog takes its name from the sport for which it was originally bred, bull baiting....

Developed early in 13th century England, bull baiting was a blood sport in which dogs were pitted against a bull, maddening it by latching onto its nose; for this, the Bulldogs recessed nose and unique, broad jaw helped it to stay attached to the bucking bull, and its tough personality and seeming disregard for physical pain came in quite handy as well. The Bulldog of the Middle Ages was quite different from todays Bulldog, however. It was a bit larger, infinitely more vicious and aggressive, and had a less wrinkly and flat face.In 1835 dog fighting was outlawed in England, and the Bulldogs days as a matador were finished. Having outlived their original purpose Bulldogs began to decrease in number, and many assumed the breed would be extinct before the 19th century was out. But luckily for the Bulldog, its hundreds of years of faithful service did not go unnoticed, and fans of the breed began to recreate the dog as a peaceful companion. The Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886, and in the last hundred years the Bulldog has become even more popular as a loving pet than it was as a bull baiter. Year after year, the Bulldog is among the twenty most popular breeds in America.