English Bulldog Characteristics
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
WEIGHT: Male: 50lb; Female: 40lb
COAT: Short, smooth, close, and finely textured
COLOR: Brindle, solid white, red or fawn, or any of these on a white background; black undesirable
Life Span: 8-12 years
English Bulldog History
The English Bulldog’s proud ancestry can be traced back to the Molossus, the fighting dog named from an ancient Greek tribe, the Molossi. The English Bulldog was bred to bait bulls. When bull-baiting became illegal in 1835, the English Bulldog was in danger of extinction. Fortunately, however, the English Bulldog gained so many admirers that people started to set out to rescue the English Bulldogs. The rescue was so successful that the English Bulldog became an extremely amiable character, with a personality not all like that its “sour mug” would suggest.
English Bulldog Temperament
English Bulldogs are jovial, comical, and amiable, among the most docile and mellow of dogs. They are willing to please, though they have a stubborn streak. The English Bulldogs are generally good with other pets.
English Bulldog Profile
Despite its fearsome appearance, the English Bulldog is not a gentle, good-natured dog. It adores children and makes a delightful pet. The English Bulldog, which has become emblematic of British courage and endurance, is one of the most ancient of all British breeds. Although the English Bulldog looks fierce, it is genial and intensely loyal and makes an affectionate family pet.
The English Bulldog’s apparent stolidity, stemming from its forbidding exterior covers many sterling qualities such as abundant affection, kindness, especially to children, reluctant to fight but courageous and can be steadfast. Unparalleled loyalty coupled with an unfailing sense of humor.
English Bulldog Appearance
The English Bulldog’s shoulders are broad, sloping, and deep. They are also very powerful and muscular, giving the appearance of having been tacked on to its body.
The English Bull dog has a wide head with a short muzzle and wrinkle, giving a fierce aspect, heavily-muscled, short legs and a wide chest.
English Bulldog Care
The only grooming the Bulldog requires is a daily run through with a stiff rush and a rubdown. Tail folds and facial wrinkles should be cleaned daily. Remember to always dry your English Bulldog after exercising in the rain.
The English Bulldog needs short walks in cool weather. Overexertion, or exertion in hot, humid weather, is dangerous. English Bulldogs cannot swim. Most wheeze, snore, and drool.
Other Health Concerns: Brachycephalic syndrome, heart problems, hip dysplasia, dry eye, eyelid problems, internalized tail, should luxation
Must Know: There are genetic problems, so buy these English Bulldogs from breeders who are members of the integrated health scheme that monitors respiratory disability, eye and joint anomalies.