How Many Types of Bulldogs Do You Know?
When talking about Bulldogs, our mind automatically goes to these two breeds - French or English Bulldogs. The truth is, there are different types of Bulldog that breeders around the world are developing, and some of them already have well-established bloodlines. It is great to hear that the canine kingdom is expanding, and if you are interested in it like we are, you will be happy to read about these seven different and most popular types of Bulldog.
These breeds have captured our hearts over the years with their love and determination. They are not the most active breed, but a breed that will enjoy having a lazy evening and just chill with their owner on a sofa. If you love Bulldog-type dogs, you will love this adorable bunch of misfits.
1. Bulldog or English Bulldog
The first breed we need to talk about is the English Bulldog. This might not be the original Bulldog, but it is a breed that was used to create many other breeds on this list. This is an ideal dog for all of us who prefer a slower pace of life. These dogs might look a bit scary to those that are unfamiliar with the breed. The truth is, they are pretty affectionate and obedient.
One of the best things about the English Bulldog is their loyalty and determination. They might not be active, but if their owner tells them to do something, they won’t stop until they complete the task. This type of Bulldog is a very popular choice for a family dog.
Want to learn more about the English Bulldog? Check out the full English Bulldog breed profile.
2. French Bulldog
French Bulldog is a breed whose popularity is rising. They are one of the ten most popular breeds in the world, and it is pretty clear why. They are absolutely adorable with their pricked ears and stocky bodies. This type of Bulldog will enjoy a peaceful day more than it will enjoy going on a wild adventure that involves hiking, jogging, or cycling.
However, don’t underestimate these dogs. If given the opportunity, they will go on any adventure their loving owner prepares for them. Just make sure you don’t over-exhaust them during a hot day. These dogs have short snouts that don’t cool the air as other breeds do. That makes them prone to heatstroke.
Check out the full profile of the French Bulldog.
3. American Bulldog
American Bulldogs are gaining popularity across the US, but not anywhere else around the world. Nevertheless, they are charming dogs that can make fantastic family pets if trained and socialized correctly. These dogs are significantly bigger than the English Bulldog and can be anywhere from 20 to 26 inches.
This breed is extremely popular in the American South, and the main reason for that is their hunting ability. Feral pigs are an invasive species with no natural predators in the American South. They were destroying crops, so farmers decided to get this type of Bulldog to hunt pigs. They proved to be useful. Mostly because of their athletic capabilities and powerful jaws.
If you like this breed, check out this article - American Bulldog Fun Facts.
4. Olde English Bulldogge
There is an extinct predecessor of all types of Bulldogs, and it is called Old English Bulldog. They were powerful, athletic, and fearless bait dogs mostly used for hunting and bloodsports. The Olde English Bulldogge is a breed whose breeders had the idea of recreating the extinct breed. They wanted to create a Bulldog like it was in the olden days, but fewer health problems and a lot milder character.
The Olde English Bulldogge was specially developed, and the main focus was placed on developing their character. Breeders did not want to recreate a blood-thirsty breed incapable of living within a family. Most of these dogs are described as eager to please, affectionate, and great with kids.
Interested in this type of Bulldog? Check out this article - Olde English Bulldogge.
5. Continental Bulldog
Not many of us have heard about the Continental Bulldog because it is a breed whose popularity mostly remains in Europe. This type of Bulldog was developed in Switzerland in the early 1990s. It was officially recognized as a breed in its native Switzerland and Germany in 2005.
Even though these dogs are recognized, their popularity still hasn’t skyrocketed. They might be registered in these two countries, but they still have a way to go to achieve international recognition. They were created by outcrossing the Olde English Bulldogge, and the goal was to eliminate health issues usually bothering the English Bulldog.
6. Victorian Bulldog
The Victorian or the Mollet Victorian Bulldog is a type of Bulldog created in the 1980s with a specific goal in mind. Ken Mollet is the father of the breed, and he was a huge fancier of the Bulldog breed but always felt that he would love to “improve” the breed to their former physical capabilities. The Victorian Bulldog is larger than the modern-day English Bulldog and is a lot more agile.
Bulldogs, in general, are not the healthiest breed. They have a lot of breathing problems caused by low-quality breeding and bad breeding programs. It is a brachycephalic breed that needs to be bred with extreme caution. At one point, many English Bulldog bloodlines were tainted with bad genes, and many different breeders wanted to create new types of Bulldog that would be healthier.
7. Catahoula Bulldog
The Catahoula Bulldog is a designer breed, like many others from this list, and it was created by crossing the Catahoula Leopard Dog and the American Bulldog. These breeds have impressive hunting skills, so it is natural to assume the Catahoula Bulldog will inherit those traits.
The main problem of crossbreeds is that you can never be sure which side of the parents will be dominant, so their character and looks can vary. Most of these dogs make excellent guard dogs, watchdogs, and hunters. They are not a breed for inexperienced owners and are prone to specific health issues. Besides all that, it is a great-looking and impressive dog.
World Dog Finder team