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English Bulldog

With its low-slung, muscular body and a distinctive wrinkled face sporting a unique pushed-in nose, you cannot mistake an English Bulldog for any other breed. Although its ancestors participated in bloody sports and were aggressive enough to drive cattle, you will now find it challenging to discover a family companion with a more loving disposition.

It is a people-oriented breed that has a calm dignity while being friendly and gentle with kids. If you are on the lookout for a dog that requires low maintenance and can adapt to apartment living, then this is the breed we would recommend.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Bulldog, British Bulldog
  • Colors:White, red, red brindle, fawn & white, piebald, red & white, fawn, brindle & white
  • Life Expectancy:8-10 years
  • Height:14-15 in
  • Weight:Male: 50-55 lbs
    Female: 40-50 lbs
  • Temperament:Docile, courageous, stubborn, patient
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:Moderate
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:3-4 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Low
  • Health Problems: Cherry eye, entropion, dry eye, reverse sneezing, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, brachycephalic syndrome, demodectic mange
  • Trainability:Moderately easy
  • Origin:England
Blue English Bulldog
English Bulldog Puppies

English Bulldog’s History: A Timeline

    1631-1632

    The earliest reference to the term ‘Bulldog’ in a letter by an Englishman named Preswick Eaton

    1666

    Christopher Merret, an English scientist, designated these dogs as Bear Bull or Butchers Bull because of their use in bull baiting

    1835

    Bear and bull-baiting became prohibited in England, and the breeders started transforming the breed into a mellow companion

    1878

    The Bulldog Club Incorporated, the oldest bulldog specialty club, was formed in England

    1886

    English Bulldog gained recognition from the AKC

White English Bulldog
Merle Eenglish Bulldog

Care

Nutrition
Exercise
Grooming
Training

English Bulldogs are likely to become overweight, so keep an eye on your dog’s daily calorie consumption. Whether you decide to give it home-prepared or commercially manufactured food, you should check with the veterinarian first. Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition and Vital Paws for Bulldogs are some excellent choices if you are going for commercial foods.

Your English Bulldog will always be happy to relax or lazily sleep next to your feet. Still, it loves going on walks, as well as taking part in short sessions of play in the yard. You may allow your dog to paddle on shallow water, but make sure that the water is not more than your elbow deep. Please do not take your Bulldog out on hot days, as its short muzzle makes it difficult to breathe in humid weather.

Its coat is short, straight, and smooth, which you can keep clean by brushing with a soft-bristle brush twice or thrice a week. Comb its hair first with a rubber curry comb during periods of heavy shedding to keep the fur off of your clothes, furniture, and floor. Clean its ears and trim its nails every two to three weeks.

As with most breeds, your Bulldog needs early socialization to make it more confident and ensure that it has a well-balanced life. It also loves to chew, so it is necessary to teach your pup to release what is there in its mouth on command. You may choose to enroll your Bulldog in puppy training classes where it will learn to obey commands and get housetrained.

Full Grown English Bulldog
Female English Bulldog
Black English Bulldog
Brindle English Bulldog

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