The Bulldog!

Known as the national symbol of Great Britain, the Bulldog is a medium sized dog with a smooth coat, heavy, thick-set, low-swung body, massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. The Bulldog is an ideal pet as he loves to be in the company of his family, adores children and makes an excellent companion to them because of his gentle, sometimes stubborn nature. He was originally a fighting dog, but now he's about as easygoing as a dog can be.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
8-12 years

Energy Level:
Low; sluggish.

Living Conditions:
Never chain them outdoors. Will destroy things if left alone for long periods of time.

Barking:
Average

Exercise Needs:
Light and uncomplicated exercise. A short daily walk should suffice.

Breed Group:
Non-Sporting

Size:
Medium

Height:
12-15 inches

Weight:
40- 55 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Brindle, solid white, red, or fawn, or any of these on a white background.

National breed club:
The Bull Dog Club of America

Bulldog Skills

Because of their courage and apparent capacity to endure pain, Bulldogs were shamelessly exploited for many years in the sports of bull baiting, bear baiting and dog fighting. Bull baiting was made illegal in England in 1835. Today, the Bulldog loves people and the attention people give him. As a rule, he is a good, quiet companion. They are not good watch dogs although their looks alone tend to deter any potential intruder. Bulldogs today are successfully competing in Obedience competition as well as Agility and Tracking.

Bulldog Personality

The Bulldog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, sensitive, and fearless. Bulldogs enjoy mixing with other dogs and household pets. They are good with children. Some are cautious with strangers, but most are friendly to everyone.

Exercise Needs

Exercise is important for a Bulldog to build stamina and prevent obesity, but don't overdo it, particularly when it is hot or humid. Because of his face and body type, light and uncomplicated exercise is enough to keep him healthy. It will adapt itself to the activity level of your family. Sufficient rest is key to development of healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

Living Conditions

A Bulldog does best in a loving environment, free from fear and neglect. They are happiest when there are people around. Left alone, a Bulldog (like any other breed) can be destructive. A dog crate is a good investment. A Bulldog should never be chained. Not only is it dangerous for your Bulldog's well being, but makes him a target for “dognappers”. An air-conditioned house is his favorite place in the summer.

Grooming Requirements

His toenails will require frequent trimming, his ears and wrinkles frequent cleaning and he will need an occasional bath. As with any dog, always provide your Bulldog with clean water and a correct and nutritious diet.

Health Issues

Bulldogs are prone to a variety of health issues, many of which are directly related to the physical charateristics that are desired in this breed.  Some Bulldogs suffer from extreme airway obstruction that needs to be surgically corrected due to their extremely short muzzles.  The breed can be prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia as well as entropion and skin allergies.  Always seek a reputible breeder who does the appropriate testing on their dogs before purchasing a Bulldog puppy.

If you liked this dog…

...you may also like the character of the Boston Terrier or appreciate the Bull Terrier as a companion dog. They are affectionate and are good with children. Other non-sporting dogs have different personalities and appearances and you may want to consider the Chow Chow, Dalmatian, French Bulldog, and Keeshond. If you like the Bulldog’s uncommon sight in the neighborhood, you may also consider the Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel.

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