Find out why the Bulldog could be the right dog for you
The Bulldog is a courageous, calm and friendly medium-size dog breed. They have a muscular body with a short-muzzled head with round, dark eyes. Their face is the universal symbol of courage. Most people describe them as ferocious dogs, but in fact, they are breed to be affectionate and kind.
FUN FACT: Bulldogs are sensitive to cold weather.
The Bulldog - history
The Bulldog as we know it today is a lot different from his ancestors. Evidence suggests that the Bulldog dogs were created in England during the 13th century for bullbaiting („sport“ in which pack of dogs were fighting staked bull and the spectators were bet on the outcome). These Bulldogs were bred particularly for this bloody sport and they were taller and heavier than today's Bulldog breed. In 1835 England banned these types of „sports“ and that was the turning point for Bulldog development. Bloodsport went underground, and instead of bull-baiting, they created dogfighting. People wanted to create more aggressive and faster dogs with a fiery spirit and they began to cross various terriers with Bulldog to create a dog with such characteristics. Eventually, they created bull-type terriers including the Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bullterrier, etc. In that time Bulldog breed faced extinction and that was the time when Bulldog lovers decided to save the breed and then started the long process of transforming from fighting to a companion breed. Dogs with a good temperament were selectively chosen for breeding and the ones with the aggressive temperament weren't allowed to reproduce. These breeders created the version of Bulldog as we know it today.
The Bulldog - breed
Bulldogs are a medium-sized breed and they can reach from 35-38 centimeters. Male Bulldogs weigh around 22 kilograms while the females weigh around 18 kilograms.
Do Bulldogs shed a lot?
The Bulldog coat is very easy to maintain. Brush him a few times a week with the rubber brush. During the shedding season its good to brush him few extra times during the week to keep his looks at the best. They come in a variety of colors: solid white, solid red, red brindle, fawn and piebald. The main thing to look after are wrinkles on his face. They need to be checked regularly and you need to watch any signs of infections or irritations. His skin must be clean and dry. The best way to clean his wrinkles is with the cotton ball which can be dipped in peroxide. The rest is basic care: trim his nails as needed. If you hear nails clicking on the floor they need to be trim. Brush his teeth regularly to prevent tartar and bacteria buildup and to secure healthy gums and teeth. Ears should also be checked regularly to prevent wax buildup or infection.
Are Bulldogs lazy?
Bulldogs are inactive dogs and they don't require a lot of exercises. A few short walks will be enough for this breed. Because of his short muzzle, they have breathing problems during hot and humid weather. Don't take him for long walks or jogging because after about 15 minutes of running or playing he will be ready for a nap. The Bulldog is suited for the apartment living. Always provide them with the air conditioner and freshwater especially during hot days. Because of his massive head, they are not good swimmers because the head drags them straight down. If you have a poll you need to protect your Bulldog from falling in the water.
FUN FACT: Bulldogs will overeat if they get the change because they are greedy eaters.
The Bulldog - socialization
Like any other dog breed, Bulldogs require early socialization. Most of all Bulldog dogs love to chew things and toys so it's important to teach your dog to release on command anything that he is holding in his mouth. Also, Bulldogs tend to be overprotective of their food so you need to train them from an early age that it is ok to take food from the bowl without he being upset. They are sweet dog and they want to please their owner. Expose your Bulldog to many different sights, people and sounds to secure a well-rounded dog. This breed will learn new things and tricks with positive reinforcements and not hard training. So when you train your Bulldog you must prepare a lot of treats and praises.
FUN FACT: Bulldogs are very stubborn dogs, but if you train them right they can achieve excellent results in competitions such as obedience, agility, and flyball.
Are Bulldogs good pets?
Bulldogs are a friendly, easygoing and sweet dog breed that will get along with anybody. Some of them can be aggressive with strange dogs, but mostly they are quite good with other dogs and pets. Because of his courage, he is an excellent watchdog. He loves his family and especially children. They are excellent companions for kids, even young ones. The Bulldog will let kids play with him and if he's had enough he will just walk away from them. Always make sure to teach your kids how to properly approach and play with the dog and just because the Bulldog will put up with a lot from kids doesn't mean that he should.
The Bulldog - health issues
Bulldogs have a life expectancy of 8-10 years. This dog breed is prone to many health problems so you need to take good care of them. Not all dogs will get them but you need to make sure to monitor closely their health. Like we already said the heat is their number one enemy. Take good care of your Bulldog during hot summer days. Other conditions that this breed is prone to are cherry eye, dry eye (when natural tear production is inadequate), entropion (condition in which the eyelashes turn inward and rub against the eye), inverted or reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation (when the patella, which has three parts-the femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap), and tibia (calf)-is not properly lined up).
FUN FACT: Bulldogs are known for having chronic flatulence.
There are a few recommended health tests you should perform to ensure the dog is healthy: cardiac exam, patella evaluation, and tracheal hypoplasia radiographic evaluation.
The Bulldog - puppies
If you decided to buy a Bulldog make sure you read all information about this breed to sure you know how to properly take care of him. Most of all make sure you find a good breeder who takes good care of his dogs and puppies. Bulldogs are prone to many health problems and because of that you need to find a good reputable breeder and with that, you can reduce the possibility of your dog being sick. A good breeder will test his breeding dogs for genetic health problems. Of course, that still is not a guarantee that a dog will never be sick but it’s the best you can get.
FUN FACT: Bulldogs have difficulty giving birth and most of them require caesareans to deliver their puppies.
World Dog Finder team