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Tenacious and courageous, but also goofy, the Bulldog breed has been a worldwide symbol for toughness throughout the years, which is why you’ve most likely seen them in either schools or businesses across the world. However, despite being depicted as a ferocious dog, the Bulldog is actually highly affectionate and kind, as well as courageous. 

Highly adaptable and big fans of naps and treats, but quite stubborn, Bulldogs would be great companions for someone who already has some experience and knows how to properly look after them. 

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

Bulldog Appearance

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 colours can be brindle, shades of red, fawn or white, with any of the aforementioned colours. The adult Bulldog size ranges between 31 and 36 cm and they typically weigh around 23-25 kg. 

Bulldog 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. They can be peaceful, pensive, goofy, stubborn, and have a well-developed sense of humour. 

Bulldog Fun Facts

  • A Bulldog named Handsome Dan was the first live animal collegiate mascot representing Yale University since 1890. Until 2021, there have been 18 Bulldog live mascots, along with a statute dating from 1897 depicting the very first Handsome Dan. The U.S. Marine and the University of Georgia also have their own Bulldog mascot. 
  • Tillman the English Bulldog entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for skateboarding the fastest 100 meters in 19.678 seconds. 
  • Famous Bulldog owners include President Willian G. Harding, President Calvin Coolidge, and actor Adam Sandler. 


  • Bulldogs are considered to be the national breed of England, given the country’s great love for them. In World War II propaganda, Bulldogs were used as representative of England, while Dachshunds of Germany, and American Pitbulls of the U.S. 


Are Bulldogs lazy? 

The Bulldog breed can be very lazy, and they also typically take lots of naps, and move slowly, but they are very loving and affectionate with their owners. 

Is a Bulldog a Pitbull? 

Despite the general confusion, a Bulldog is not the same as a Pitbull. Both breeds can be traced down to the Old English Bulldog, but the Pitbull is a cross of the Bulldog with the Terrier.  

What two breeds make a Bulldog? 

The Bulldog is believed to have descended from the Pitbull and Asiatic Mastiff. 

Are Bulldogs easy to train? 

Bulldogs can be quite stubborn, which might complicate their training, but they’re also smart so with some patience, persistence, and fun games, they can be successfully trained in a short amount of time. 

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