The Continental Bulldog And His Amazing Journey To Fame

Breed Introduction

The Continental Bulldog is an energetic, loyal, and intelligent dog that makes a wonderful family pet.

The Continental Bulldog is also known as the Conti. The Conti is still a young Bulldog breed, hailing from Switzerland. 

This Bulldog breed is recognized by the Swiss Kennel Club and the German Kennel Club. 

And finally, Continental Bulldog, or Conti is officialy recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 2022.

The Conti was created at the turn of the 21st century by one of the breeders, Imelda Angehrn. 

She was trying to create a better version of an English Bulldog, because they have so many health issues, like difficulty with breathing. 

She did an excellent job because the Continental Bulldog is clearly healthier, which is a good thing because they don’t have as many breathing problems, can give birth naturally, and are more athletic.

The continental bulldog resembles the original bulldog more than the English bulldog.

The Continental bulldog was developed by the Crossing English Bulldogs and the Olde English Bulldogge.

The breeding process started in 2001.

In September 2004, the Swiss Kennel Club permitted the creation of a new breed and the Continental Bulldog Club of Switzerland was founded in 2004. 

In 2005, the Swiss Kennel Club officially announced the breed’s existence and its standard.

This breed is officially recognized in Switzerland and Germany. But the permit for recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is still pending.

Continental Bulldogs are still a young dog breed, but according to people, they should live to be 12 or 14 years.

Quick Overview About Continental Bulldog

Breed NameContinental Bulldog
Other NameSwiss Bulldog / Conti Bulldog
Lifespan12 to 14 years
SizeMedium to large
Height Male / Female17 to 22 inches  /  15 to 18 inches
Weight Male / Female55 to 66 pounds / 48 to 60 pounds
TemperamentActive, Confident, Friendly
CoatShort, smooth, and shiny
ColorBrindle and Fawn (with or without masking of white or black)
Exercise requirementAround 30 Minutes
Energy levelHigh
Litter sizeAbout 6 to 9 puppies
Tendency to DroolModerate
Tendency to BarkModerate
Attention needModerate

Breed Appearance

continental bulldog

At first glance, he appears to be similar to the other Bulldogs, but in comparison to other Bulldogs, such as the English Bulldog, Conti is much leaner, more muscular, and more athletic.

They have a smaller head, a flat to slightly domed forehead, a wrinkled face but not as deep as other bulldogs, wide shoulders, a short and well-arched neck, and strong legs.

Breed Size

The Continental Bulldog is a medium to large-sized dog breed.

The average height of the male breed should be between 17 to 22 inches (43 to 55 cm), and the weight is typically between 55 to 66 pounds (25 to 30 kg). 

The average height of the female breed should be between 15 to 18 inches (38 to 45 cm), and the weight is 48 to 60 pounds (21 to 27 kg). 

Breed Coat and Colors

The coat of the Continental Bulldog is short, glossy, and smooth. 

You can find them in almost all colors. The most common colors would most likely be brindle and fawn, but with or without masking of white or black is possible on dogs, and with all the colors, the nose is dark.

Breed Temperament

continental bulldog

It is a friendly, attentive, and self-assured dog breed. 

The Conti is quite active and can be trained to be a good watchdog. It’s a very endearing breed that is very affectionate and loyal to its owners and family.

It is not a loud barker, but it will alert you if something strange is going on around your house.

Social Engagement

They are also pretty playful and enjoy the company of older kids who know how to play with dogs gently. 

Of course, you should always keep an eye on the dog’s situation and very young kids, but that is true for all. Overall, it is an excellent family companion.

If you’re only familiar with the English bulldog, the Continental is far superior. The bulldog is unquestionably more interesting. It’s a lively dog, but not a hyperactive one. 

Actually, the Continental Bulldog is fairly inactive indoors. They are ideal for living in a small apartment.

Exercise Requirement

They require two longer walks per week. To stay healthy and happy, they enjoy some playtime or training sessions.

You can take your Continental Bulldogs on longer hikes because they can walk for hours without tiring. 


Thanks to the short and smooth coat, it is not difficult to maintain. 

Brushing their coat on a regular basis will help to keep it smooth and shiny.

You should take proper care of the wrinkles and folds, wipe them away with a lukewarm cloth and let them dry to prevent infections. 

Just like with all dogs, you should monitor the dog’s behavior on a regular basis. Clean their ears, eyes, and nails, and clip their nails if needed.

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