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Bulldog

Bulldog

The Bulldog breed has a short, sturdy body and fairly loose skin, especially at the head, neck and shoulders. Another distinctive feature is the large skull. The Bulldog can be brindle, shades of red, fawn or white with any of the aforementioned colours. The adult Bulldog stands at 31-36cm and weighs 23-25kg.

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

This is a 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 defend a family member in need. He can be peaceful, pensive, goofy, stubborn, and have a well-developed sense of humour.

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