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Bulldog

One of the most recognisable breeds, the English Bulldog has a short, sturdy body and fairly loose skin, especially at the head, neck and shoulders. Other distinguishing features are the large skull, flattened nose and undershot jaw. Sweet and courageous, Bulldogs love the couch more than their daily walks, but will make great companions, always happy to get along with everyone in the family, young and old. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Basic training required
  • Potential health risks
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed has a higher risk of health issues

These dogs are brachycephalic; problems associated with this condition include:
- Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome: a condition in brachycephalic breeds (those with a short nose and squashed face) where breathing is obstructed and can lead to reduced ability to exercise, or even severe respiratory distress.
- Skin inflammation/infection: brachycephalic breeds have a short nose and a normal amount of facial tissue. This means there is often excess skin around their face which leads to skin folds. The skin inside these folds can become sore and infections are prone to develop. 
- Eye ulcers: ulcers are painful erosions on the surface of the eye. They are more common in brachycephalic breeds due to their conformation, as their eyes tend to be more bulbous.

The breed can also be prone to: 
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Entropion and/or ectropion which are painful conditions where the eyelids turn inwards or outwards, this happens as a result of excessive skin around the eyes
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) which is a painful condition where the tear gland stops working properly 
- Cherry eye which is where a gland within the third eyelid pops up in the corner of the eye 
- Skin infections as they have a large amount of skin and lots of skin folds over their bodies which are prone to bacteria

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Respiratory function grading scheme 

Key Facts

Lifespan: 8–12 years
Weight: 23-25 kg
Height: 31-36 cm
Colours: The Bulldog can be brindle, shades of red, fawn or white with any of the aforementioned colours. 
Size: Medium
Kennel Club group: Utility

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 2/5
Energy level: 2/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 5/5
Bulldog standing in the field

Personality

The Bulldog is an enchanting family dog that loves children and will even learn to get along with other pets if introduced to them at an early age. The Bulldog is a bit too friendly to be a good guard dog but would in all likelihood defend a family member in need. He can be peaceful, pensive, goofy, stubborn, and has a well-developed sense of humour. 

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History & Origins

Country of Origin - England 

Bulldogs are descended from the ancient breed of Bullenbeissers, a mastiff-like dog used for guarding and attacking wild animals in Assyria, Greece, Egypt and Rome. The English Bulldog however was developed for a very specific purpose - the cruel sport of bull-baiting. This sport was introduced by the Normans in the 12th century after the conquest when street entertainers brought their bulls, bears and dogs to England. The dogs were allowed to bait the tethered bulls as a primitive side show and slowly this pastime grew from torment to torture.  

By the 16th century it was so widespread that Queen Elizabeth would frequently offer it as entertainment to visiting dignitaries. With this royal patronage, a different kind of dog was developed who could excel in this sport. They needed to be smaller so they were out of reach of horns, with massive powerful jaws, and an ability to breathe while they hung onto a bull by their teeth. This meant that they needed a flattened nose set back from their jaw. 

When cruel sports were banned in 1835, it seemed that the breed would vanish, but showing enthusiasts took over and Bulldog classes became highly competitive. Over the next 100 years, the Bulldog continued to change shape as their legs grew shorter and their face more flattened - until today there are serious health concerns within the breed. This doesn’t however affect the personality of this good-natured, gentle breed who makes a delightful companion dog for those happy to potentially spend a lot of money at the vets. 

Did you know?

Did you know?

Bulldogs snore - a lot!