The English Bulldog, also called the British Bulldog or simply the Bulldog, is one of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Its distinct appearance—the stocky build, huge head, short muzzle, and wrinkly face—makes it easily recognizable as a breed.
This breed may have a dark and sad past, but it is known today as a loving and amiable companion to many families. Find out if this is the right breed for you.
English Bulldog Dogs and Puppies
What is an English Bulldog?
The English Bulldog can be the best furry buddy you’ll ever have. Easygoing, clownish, courageous, with a unique and adorable appearance to boot, this dog breed can make people’s homes much happier. Get ready and be acquainted with the English Bulldog in this post.
Where is the English Bulldog from?
The English Bulldog comes from England. It may have descended from the mastiffs brought by the Romans to England. It might be related to the Alaunt, which is now an extinct breed that had similarities to mastiff type dogs.
The earlier version of the English Bulldog, taller and heavier than the existing breed, was originally developed to be an aggressive working dog. Butchers might have used the breed to control livestock, particularly cattle.
But the Bulldog was more popularly used in a bloody sport called bull-baiting. Bulldogs were trained back then to be ferocious enough to tackle a bull. They would latch onto a bull’s nose or head and not let go until the bull falls flat on the ground. The game did not stop until a bull had successfully fallen, or the bull had killed a dog. People watched this bloody sport to wager.
Bull-baiting was eventually banned in the U.K. in the 1830s when the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835 was implemented. The English Bulldogs have since developed to be docile, sweet-tempered house companions. They might have been bred with pugs to become smaller.
What does the English Bulldog look like?
The English Bulldog is famous for its unique appearance. It has a stocky, low-slung body, with broad shoulders, and a wide, massive head. Its muzzle is short, looking like it’s punched into its head. Its face is covered in wrinkles, with one huge fold sitting on top of its nose.
The breed is considered medium-sized. Weighing around 22 to 25 kg, and standing with a height of 12 to 15 inches at the shoulders.
Its coat is smooth, straight and short. The coat shades usually range from: red, fawn, white, and brindle. Patterns can be solid (only one color), bi-colored, tri-colored, and piebald.
What is the English Bulldog like?
The contemporary English Bulldog is, according to AKC standards, “equable and kind, resolute and courageous (not vicious or aggressive)”. They look dignified, even gloomy, because of the wrinkles on their face. But they can be pretty lively and fun-loving. They are generally friendly with strangers and can develop a strong attachment to their family, especially with children.
Many English Bulldogs like to lounge around on the sofa all day long. But some of them enjoy high-level activities like skating and surfing. Still, a daily brisk walk at the park can suffice for their daily exercise.
The breed seems low maintenance because it’s not too big nor too active. Its hair is short and does not require so much grooming. However, the breed is susceptible to a number of health issues, and requires a lot of care from its owners.
What are English Bulldogs like as puppies?
English Bulldog puppies are simply adorable. Almost everything they do is amusing and can make people laugh. Although they develop their own distinctive ‘personalities’ as they grow older, English Bulldog pups are mostly very playful and energetic, even rowdy. Some would even retain this puppy-like demeanor well into adulthood.
Are English Bulldogs aggressive?
The English Bulldog was a fierce dog used in bull baiting for centuries. But that’s all in the past now for the breed. An aggressive Bulldog is hardly heard of these days, as the breed has grown to be very amiable through the years. The breed’s calm and kind temperament is one of the reasons why it has become so popular, ranking as the 4th most popular dog breed in the U.S. It’s one of the breeds young children can develop a strong friendship with.
What causes the English Bulldogs to lose hair?
There are many reasons why dogs experience hair loss. Bulldogs are prone to allergies, and hair loss can be one of the effects. The bald patches might also be caused by infection, the infestation of pests like mites, insect bites, and bad diet. It’s also possible patchy areas appear due to pressure sores.
If the bald patches appear more on the flank, a Bulldog might be experiencing seasonal flank alopecia, which basically means seasonal hair loss.
When does the English Bulldog stop growing?
Physical maturity among dogs, in general, varies. Many Bulldogs become physically matured 24 months after birth. But as growth is affected by many factors, it’s possible they reach physical maturity in 24 months. Or, it might take them a little more than 24 months to mature.
When do English Bulldog puppies start walking?
English bulldog pups start walking four weeks after they are born, sometimes even earlier. The process is not without any difficulty, as owners can witness. But healthy puppies learn fast, and by the fifth week, they may even be running already.
How do English Bulldogs give birth?
Many female Bulldogs give birth via Cesarean section. It’s actually recommended they don’t give birth naturally due to the complications that might happen in the process.
The English Bulldog, as a breed in general, is at a high risk of suffering dystocia due to foetal-pelvic disproportion when giving birth. Simply put, female bulldogs’ birth canal is mismatched to the size of the puppies.
The mother has to be closely monitored by a vet to ensure it gives birth without a hitch. If a Bulldog mother doesn’t receive proper care and has to whelp puppies unassisted, there’s a very high chance it would die.
The birthing process is quite expensive, which is the major reason why Bulldogs cost so much.
Are English Bulldogs good family dogs?
Many, if not all, would agree the English Bulldog is an excellent family companion. They’re easygoing, kind, and protective of their families. And, it’s a huge plus they get along with children well. They can mostly be friends with other dogs and animals too if introduced properly.
English Bulldogs don’t need so much exercise, which is convenient for busy families. They can be the best coach buddies to those who mostly live a quiet life indoors.
Wanna learn more about the English Bulldog? Check this video from Bondi Vet:
The English Bulldog does not only look adorable, it has an amicable personality as well. No wonder it is a popular breed in many countries. Take note that this breed is pricey when bought plus it is susceptible to some health problems. Nevertheless, the Bulldog makes a wonderful and trusted companion.
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