Although small in stature, Bulldogs have low slung, heavyset bodies with stout, short front legs and muscular, wide shoulders. Their back legs are longer, muscular and strong and the feet are moderate sized. The Bulldog has a massive head, very dark round, wide-set eyes and thin, small ears. These dogs have broad, short muzzles, a wide, large, black or dark color nose and big nostrils. There is no prescribed height but they normally range from twelve to sixteen inches high and weight anywhere from forty-five to fifty-five pounds. Their coat comes in a variety of colors including, brindle, fawn, red, white, washed-out red, and pale yellow, or any combination of these colors.
Temperament of a Bulldog (English)
Known for its excellent guarding abilities, courage, and intimidating appearance, the Bulldog is actually one of the gentlest of all the dog breeds. Bulldogs are very sweet, dependable, affectionate animals that love children and are very gentle with them. This breed of dog is happiest when it gets a lot of human companionship and attention and will seek it out. Some Bulldogs may display dominance and need an owner who is patient, understands alpha canine behavior, and displays strong leadership so the dog learns its place in their human family pack. They make wonderful family member, are good with other family pets, but are sometimes a little aggressive toward strange dogs. Most slobber and drool a bit and snore loudly.
Grooming & Shedding of a Bulldog (English)
An average shedder, the Bulldog is easy to groom as it has a fine, smooth, shorthaired coat. Brushing and combing occasionally with a fine bristle brush will keep them looking great. Only bathe a Bulldog when it really needs one. Because they have a tendency to drool and slobber a bit, wipe their faces daily with a damp cloth and be sure to wipe inside their wrinkles. Also, clean any folds around their tail.
History of the Bulldog (English)
The development of the Bulldog took place completely in England but most believe that it is a descendant of the old or ancient Asiatic mastiff. The temperament of today’s Bulldog is completely different from its ancestors. Medieval in origin, the name Bulldog refers to its robust look and the power and aggression the dog used to attack bulls in bull baiting from the thirteenth century until 1935 when it was outlawed in England as a cruel spectator sport. Bulldogs lost much of their popularity after this but admirers of the Bulldog starting breeding out the fierceness but kept its unique physical characteristics. Today the Bulldog is a calm, amiable breed.
Health Issues with a Bulldog (English)
Major Concerns: hip dysplasia, KCS (dry eye), stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, shoulder luxation, internalized tail