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Description: Known as the national symbol of Great Britain, the characteristics of a perfect Bulldog are medium size, smooth coat, heavy, thick-set, low-swung body, massive short-faced head, wide shoulders, smaller hips and sturdy limbs. Bred down from aggressive behavior to loving and friendly disposition, Bulldogs are an ideal pet as they love to be in the company of their family. They adore children and make an excellent companion to them because of their gentle, yet sometimes stubborn nature. Bulldogs are laid-back, loyal good natured and undemanding companion who would make a great companion for the elderly as well. It would be difficult to find a dog more mellow than the English Bulldog. They do tend to drool and wheeze, and they may snore. Bulldogs can also be humorous, even comical which add to their charm. Some are known to have chronic flatulence. They have the jutted jaw of the original Bulldogs, yet the smaller body and happy personality that the previous did not retain. Bulldogs have been bred from fighting dogs and bull-baiters to friendly happy companions. They are quiet, loving, and gentile. They tend to snort and wheeze a lot due to breathing difficulties. They love to take naps and be lazy, although exercise should be in their weekly regimen. Bulldogs cannot handle a lot of physical activity or a lot of heat, as they may overheat easily. They also can not swim and should not be near an area they can accidentally fall into a body of water. They are likeable, loveable, and have sweet dispositions.
Other Names: English Bulldog
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 12 - 16
color or with a black mask or muzzle; reds, red brindle, piebald, other brindles,
red-fawn or yellow; or black, which is undesirable. They can be solid white,
or any of these colors on a white background.
are affectionate, docile, and reliable. They can be stubborn at times, but are
very friendly and loving. They have mellow personalities, and can be quite comical.
They are husky, gentle and good-natured. They are jovial, amiable, and willing
to please. Courageous and capable of powerful strength, they are sometimes cantankerous
with other dogs.
Watch-dog: Very low. Bulldogs
are slow and cumbersome.
Care and Training:
Regular brushing of the Bulldogs' coat with a rough cloth and minimal exercise
is needed. Care should be taken not to over feed the Bulldog, as they can be
quite lazy and already heavy-set. Bulldogs would also prefer not to take any
exercise, and therefore must be exercised minimally, making sure they get it
but not overworking them. Special care to powder their fold and wrinkles and
under their tail during hot weather, although hot weather is unsuitable for
the Bulldog. Bulldogs should not be over exerted in hot weather. The folds of
their cheeks should be cleaned daily and baths given when needed. Bulldogs do
not make a good dog for the obedience enthusiast.
Activity: Indoors very low,
they do not take to exercise as often as they should, possibly because of breathing
difficulties. Outdoor activity is low.
Health Issues: Bulldogs have been bred smaller and more compact, creating many health problems. They are very susceptible to overheating, itchy skin, allergies, difficulty breathing, brachycephalic syndrome, eye problems and reproductive problems. Due to the prized wide chest and small hips that show rings emphasize, many puppies must be born Caesarean section because they cannot fit through the birth canal. Other health concerns include elongated soft palate, small trachea, heart problems, hip dysplasia, shoulder luxation and internalized tail.
Life Span: 8 - 12 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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