Bulldog is a kind of breed with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose, and it is the national symbol of England which is famous in “sourmug” face. Bulldog is easy to care for and it is a popular choice as a family pet because of his courage, friendliness and loyalty.
|Other Names||British Bulldog/English Bulldog|
|Color||Red, fawn, fallow, white and any combination of these colors.|
|Height||Males: 12-17 inches. Females: 12-17 inches.|
|Weight||Males: 50-58 pounds. Females: 40-52 pounds.|
|Life Span||8-10 years|
|Personality||Friendly, Courageous, Calm|
|Groom Needs||2-3 Times a Week|
|Kids Friendly||Yes with supervision|
|Dog Friendly||Yes with supervision|
For hundreds of years, many people considered the bulldog one of their favorite dog breeds as a companion. Note that the bulldog is characterized by a large, strong, square head, a strong, muscular appearance, which is really good for fighting. The bulldog’s face is also characterized by a short square muzzle with strong, very convex, and underground jaws, which provides strength. This is a feature of bulldog. It has one of the most dangerous bites of all breeds. They may fear people however in the past it was not called an aggressive dog. Despite his fierce appearance and dominant personality, the bulldog is actually very gentle towards its owners. Its coat is short and can be of different colors: brindle, white, fawn, red, or yellow. Bulldogs are one of the most recognizable and are generally friendly to everyone he meets and is the fourth most popular dog breed in the United States.
Living with Bulldog
It will help the Bulldogs look better if you give them an all-over brushing with a soft brush for 10 minutes twice a week or more frequently as they are average shedders. Don’t forget to clean and wipe the wrinkles on the dog’s face or up the eyes and nose, which are “good places” to be damp and cause infection, and cleaning their ears is also important.
Other grooming needs include nail care and dental hygiene. You need to trim your dog’s nails once or twice a month and trimming nails regularly can avoid getting painful splitting, cracking, or a broken nail, and it is better to brush the teeth daily or at least 2-3 times a week.
Bulldog is a low-exercise dog, you can give him a leash walk when the weather is not too hot, and keep watching your dog for breathing problems or overheating during the exercise. Swimming is not a good choice for a bulldog because its heavy, thick-set, low-slung body makes swimming more difficult. And it is better to let bulldog in an air-conditioned room in the hot days as their short muzzle can make breathing hard in heat and humidity.
Bulldog just needs an easy daily exercise regularly such as a leisurely walk or backyard games depending on the weather or just play with him indoors. A Bulldog can be a good choice of dog breeds for you if you don’t like to take your dog to do more exercise, unlike other dogs that need to be worn out.
It is not to recommend leaving food out all the time because this can make the dog overfed and obese, which is bad for his joints.
Bulldogs are easy to obesity because they can’t tolerate strenuous exercise due to their short muzzle. It is appropriate to feed them with a high-quality diet which is not containing many calories.
Because this breed can suffer from excess gas production, you could break up your Bulldog’s food into three or more meals to help reduce gassiness.
Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growth rate but not the final size. This could reduce the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia when they grow up.
Moreover, you can get some advice from your veterinarian to determine how many calories to feed depending on your dog’s current body weight, activity level, and other factors.
Suggested tests: (hip), (elbow), knee, cardiac, (eye), tracheal hypoplasia
Major concerns: ventricular septal defect, CHD, KCS, stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, shoulder luxation, internalized tail
Minor concerns: entropion, ectropion, distichiasis, CHD, elbow dysplasia, cherry eye, patellar luxation, demodicosis, tracheal hypoplasia
Occasionally seen: urethral prolapse, vaginal hyperplasia
Caesarean deliveries are commonly needed for bulldogs.
Total Annual Cost: $2455
Cost is estimated for the first year and may vary depending on many factors, such as dog food, health care, leash, collar, licensing, possible fencing, crates, training and obedience classes, dog-walking, grooming, treats, toys, flea, tick, and heart-worm meds, microchips, etc.
Bulldogs are not considered as a highly intelligent breed, but they can do well in basic skills and obedience by repetition and positive reinforcement. The training for bulldogs can be focused on basics like sit, down and coming when called, and it is also important to teach them how to walk politely because of their short but powerful legs.
Bulldogs would guard their food, so it is necessary to teach them ‘leave it’ command when they are puppies. They should be taught to accept having people take food from his bowl while he is eating so that he does not develop a habit of being protective of his food.
Besides, bulldogs can learn advanced skills too, such as skateboard and this is because of their low center of gravity and wide stance. With more persistence and repetition, and treat and praise, you can get an obedient and smart bulldog with kinds of skills.
The bulldog may have been mentioned in ancient texts from the time of the Roman Empire, where they wrote about the “widespread” war dogs used in the UK. Anyway, most historians believe that the dog mentioned in these texts is the ancestor of today’s bulldog. The breed was mentioned especially in 1631 by an Englishman named Prestwitch Eaton, where he clearly distinguished between a bulldog and a mastiff.
It was believed that the bulldog were originally bred for butchers who used them to subdue the bulls before slaughter. The initial goal of raising this dog is to help butchers control violent and lawless oxen and act as a watchdog during hunting while demonstrating a tough look. Over time, bulldogs developed stockier builds and a more aggressive character as a result of bull-baiting bait. Many dogs died during this period until the sport became illegal in 1835 with the adoption of the Animal Cruelty Act of 1835. The name Bulldog comes from the word “Taurus” because of its use in Bull Bating and resembles a small bull. This race was very popular among the nobility and the royal family.
After being brought to America in the 17th century, they were still accustomed to helping the wild bull by grabbing it by the nose long enough so that the rope could be worn around the neck of the bull. Today, bulldogs are useless to help flatten the bull due to the lack of their nose and shorter resistance. The American Kennel Club officially recognized Bulldog in 1886.
The bulldog has long been a national symbol of England. Today, the only reason this breed becomes aggressive is a clear threat to its owner and family. Predictably calm, loyal and tireless defender, the bulldog has turned from a fierce fighter into a good member of the family.