Breed Introduction

The Bulldog is one of the most famous dog breeds in the world. In 2017, this breed was the 5th most popular purebred in the United States.

The bulldog is also known as the British or English bulldog.

The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom, the American Kennel Club of the United States, and another Kennel Club from the United States, which is known as the United Kennel Club, have recognized this breed as purebred. 

These Kennel Clubs maintain the breeding records of this breed.

This breed has a history dating back a very long time. Preswick Eaton was the man who mentioned the word “Bulldog” in his letter in 1631 or 1632.

In the early 18th century, a blood sport called bull-baiting was very popular and this dog was used for fighting with bulls, so the “bull” designation was given to this dog and it became the Bulldog.

It was very common to get this dog killed by a bull in bull-baiting sports.

But somehow, to protect animals from mistreatment, in 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act made this bloodsport illegal and banned bull-baiting.

Quick Overview about Bulldog

Breed NameBulldog
Other NameBritish bulldog and English bulldog
Lifespan8 to 10 Years
Breed typePurebred
Height 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder
Weight40 to 50 lbs
TemperamentGentle, Playful, Friendly, Protective
colorRed, brindle, fawn, and white
Exercise requirementAround an hour
Energy levelModerate
Litter size3 to 4 puppies
Tendency to DroolHigh
Tendency to BarkHigh
Attention needModerate

Breed Appearance

The Bulldog has a wrinkled face with a special pushed-in nose. This breed has a hefty body and it has a big head, a wide shoulder, and a thick fold of skin on the brow. 

They have a short muzzle and a characteristic fold above the nose, which is also called a rope nose. 

They have short necks and under that, they have hanging skin. Their jaws are underbite and upturned. They have drooping lips and their teeth are pointed.

Breed Size

The Bulldog is a muscular, medium-sized breed. This breed can grow between 14 to 15 inches at the shoulder.

The male breed can weigh around 50 lbs (23 kg), and the female breed can weigh around 40 lbs (18 kg).

As per the Bulldog Club of America recommendation, a bulldog should weigh between 40 to 50 lbs (18 to 23 kg).

Breed Coat and Colors

The Bulldog has a flat, smooth, glossy, and short coat, which can have a variety of colors, including fawn, fawn, and brindle, fawn, and white, fawn brindle and white, red, red and white, red brindle, red brindle and white, white, brindle and white.

Breed Temperament

Nowadays, bulldogs are known as great family companions because they are friendly, patient, and their nature builds strong bonds with children, other dogs, and pets. 

But this breed is also known for its stubborn nature.

As per the American Kennel Club (AKC), this breed should be kind, resolute, courageous and their demeanor should be pacifist and dignified.

Many breeders have worked to reduce or remove the aggregation of bulldogs.

Social Engagement

To grow your bulldog into a well-rounded dog, you should make sure your pup is socialized from an early age.

Try to take him to different new places, make him familiar with strange people, pets, and different sounds.

The best thing you can do is enroll him in puppy kindergarten at an early age, where they can be exposed to different things.

You can invite visitors and sometimes you can take them to someone’s house or to a busy park.

Exercise Requirement

Physically the Bulldog is a hefty and muscular dog. That is why exercise is very important for this breed. This breed gains weight very fast and too much weight for this breed can invite many health problems. To maintain their physics, they need regular exercise.

Sometimes they might be stubborn about going out because they are lazy dogs too. They tend to eat and sleep till the next eating time, so you have to be very patient with them and need to give your best to take them out.

They need moderate exercise. Around an hour of daily physical exercise or a walk will be fine. 

Grooming Requirement

The Bulldog has a short and smooth coat, which makes grooming this breed a pretty easy task. Gentle brushing on their coats once a week will be fine. That will keep their coats smooth and clean, and remove dead hairs, which will reduce hairs that get on your furniture and clothes.

And as they have wrinkled faces and folded skin, keeping them clean is important to avoid any skin problems. To keep them clean, wipe them inside the wrinkles with lukewarm water and keep them dry.

Check their nails, eyes, ears, and teeth, and clean them as per requirement. Trip their nails if needed.

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