Bulldog

AKC Group: Non-sporting

English Bulldogs were bred from the Asiatic Mastiff for its aggressiveness. They were used to bait bulls or bears for the ancient barbaric sport of Bull Baiting. In 1835, the sport was banned in England, so Bulldog owners turned to dogfighting. Thankfully for the breed, Bulldogs didn’t perform as well as other breeds and they were mostly left out of this sport. UK dog lovers took the breed and bred out most of the aggression while retaining the original size and shape. The Bulldog is now a wonderful companion dog.

Size: 12 to 16 inches tall, 50 to 55 pounds.

Color: Red, fawn , brindle, white, piebald, yellow or any combination of colors.

Life span: 8 to 10 years.

Health problems: Heart problems, thyroid issues, entropion, cataractsm elongated palate, eye disorders, inverted tail, recessed tail, stenotic nares, skin problems. As a short-haired breed, take caution during extreme temperatures. With his short muzzle, guard against exertion and watch for breathing problems.

Bulldogs have short, stout bodies and a glum expression. The skin on their faces falls in folds. His legs are set far apart. His coat is short and sleek. Bulldogs have small ears that fold down against the head. A Bulldog is a sturdy dog indeed.

Personality-wise, Bulldogs are one of the most gentle breeds that exist. They make excellent, wonderful companions for the whole family — even if that family includes a cat. If you’re looking for an entertaining dog, a Bulldog is a great bet. Friendly and loving, they want to be with you. A Bulldog friend is a friend for life. (You can set your watch by them.) They are so dependable!

Bulldogs can develop jealousy issues and don’t like to share food. They can be lazy, so exercise is important, but do not overdo it. Instead of extreme Frisbee, think a moderate stroll. During extremely hot or cold temperatures, keep your Bulldog inside. Sensitive and intelligent, a Bulldog is the perfect dog for you if you live a relaxed lifestyle.

Brush your Bulldog occasionally. If he’s really shedding, brush him more often. The most attention he’ll require is cleaning his facial folds in order to prevent infection. You’ll probably also need to clean the skin around his tail. Training will be challenging. Bulldogs tend to have their own agendas. He needs to know that you’re the boss through gentle and positive methods. These dogs are extremely sensitive to punishment and — once out of puppyhood — do not willfully disobey. Some Bulldogs are extremely stubborn and very difficult to train. Never be afraid to seek outside help. Obedience training that starts in puppyhood is an excellent investment. Always keep in mind, a Bulldog takes a minute or two before he responds. Repetitive training for short periods of time work best for this breed. They respond well to praise and food (limit food rewards though because Bulldogs gain weight easily) and they truly want to please you.

If you’re not giving him enough attention, he may chew things. Proper and early socialization will ensure his friendly personality will shine. As a Bulldog ages, he naturally slows down. The Bulldog remains a national symbol of Great Britain.

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