Breed Group: Utility
Height: male: 31-40 cm, female: 31-40 cm
Color(s): Red, fawn, brindle, pale yellow or washed-out red, or white
Of all dog breeds the Bulldog has the most distinctive head. Bulldogs are known for their short muzzles and the saggy skin on their faces which creates an apparent “frown”, that has become a trademark of the breed. The Bulldog, aka the English Bulldog or British Bulldog, is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in England around the 1200’s.
The Bulldog is possibly the stockiest of all dog breeds with a compact body and short, sturdy limbs. The Bulldog’s shape results in it’s peculiarly and unique gait. Bulldogs come in a variety of colours and ideally have a smooth, short coat.
The temperament of the Bulldog is generally docile, friendly and gregarious but they are known to be fiercely loyal.
A bulldog is great for houses as well as apartments, but puppies may be destructive until they reach maturity.
Bulldogs can be so attached to home and family that they will not venture out of the yard without a human companion. Due to their friendly nature bulldogs are known for getting along well with children, other dog breeds and any house-broken pet in general.
This dog breed’s original purpose was to be the antagonist in the cruel ‘sport’ of bull baiting. Thankfully bull baiting was outlawed in England in 1835 and without a purpose, the breed’s popularity plummeted.
By rights the Bulldog should be extinct and surely would have been if it didn’t have so many ardent admirers. Bulldog fans rescued the breed selecting against ferocity and often accentuating the breeds distinctive characteristics.
The result is today’s Bulldog, a jovial, comical and amiable dog who’s steadfast persona led it to be identified as a national symbol of England.
The bulldog can have some health issues, the most well-noted being that of breathing-related problems.
They are notorious for snoring, and while some adult Bulldogs are considered “dry-mouths” and do not drool, wet-mouths drool extensively. Unfortunately, it is not possible to determine which mouth-type they will grow to be when they are at puppy age.
- Group: Utility
- Size: medium
- Lifespan: 8-10 years
- Exercise: very low
- Grooming: low
- Trainability: low
- Watchdog ability: very low
- Protection ability: low
- Area of Origin: England
- Date of Origin: 1200s
- Other Names: British Bulldog
- Original Function: bull baiting