The Bulldog is the national dog of Great Britain. Stately, courageous, loyal and just a little bit stubborn, the similarities are striking. Don’t be put off by the grumpy expression afforded by its ‘pendant chops’ or its nickname ‘Bully’ – this breed’s amiable nature is as quintessential as its fluffy facial folds. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of the Bulldog.
The feisty Bulldog came to life in Britain when a German Shepherd with crossed with a Mastiff. Its sturdy, thick-set body was bred for bull-baiting and dog fighting. Eventually the Bulldog lolloped into the show ring, and this transition was accompanied by changes in personality. Reponsible breeders fought to breed the ‘Bully’ out of the Bulldog – and it worked.
A Bulldog will generally live between 8-12 years.
The breed is susceptible to eye, hip and breathing problems, as well as allergies. You’ll often see overweight Bulldogs – this is easily prevented with the right amount of exercise (they don’t need a huge amount). Those glorious facial folds that make the Bulldog so distinctive will need to be kept clean and dry to avoid infections.
The chillout buddy
Can’t face miles and miles of strenuous walks every day? Great, neither can the Bulldog. This breed doesn’t require a ton of exercise. In addition, they’re sensitive to very hot or cold weather and are relatively inactive indoors. A quick daily walk will suffice – then just kick back on the sofa and enjoy hanging out your Bully buddy.
Not for fussy ears and noses
It’s only fair to mention the fact that the Bulldog is very much on the slobbery and gassy side! And they wheeze and snore. They also enjoy their food quite extravagantly (i.e. dropping bits of it everywhere), so if you’re put off by doggy smells and textures, this might not be the breed for you.”
It might not be the easiest thing in the world to teach your Bulldog tricks. They aren’t known for their superior intelligence, ranking low down in Stanley Coren’s dog intelligence scale. This – combined with their known stubbornness – means the breed can be difficult to train and needs an owner who can show strong leadership.
As with all Bulldog training, you’ll need to be persistent.
Where to find English Bulldogs
Bulldog Breed Groups
Want to hang out with some fellow Bully Buddies? Find a group below.
Adopt a Bulldog
Want to adopt a Bulldog in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Find a Breeder
Sold on the Bulldog’s winsome looks? Find an approved Bulldog breeder below.
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