Devoted and gentle
Homebodies and families
Behind the English Bulldog’s gruff exterior belies a truly beautiful nature.
Bulldogs were originally bred for the barbaric sport of bullbaiting. Bulldogs used their big heads and strong jaws to grab onto the bull’s head and not let go.
Since bullbaiting was outlawed, breeders have made a concerted effort to remove aggressive traits from the breed. Today bulldogs are one of the gentlest dogs around and especially good with children.
Bulldogs are small, wide dogs with very short legs. Their big squashed-in faces feature extra folds of skin. They have a short, soft coat that comes in combinations of white, red, fawn, brindle and pied.
An adult Bulldog will be around 35 centimetres high and weigh up to 25 kilograms. Expect a lifespan of eight to 10 years.
Bulldogs are low energy and don’t need a lot of exercise.
They are largely happy to lie around and enjoy being with the family. They make very friendly, affectionate companions.
If you’re after a guard dog a Bulldog is probably not for you since they rarely bark.
They are often snorers so you may not want them sleeping anywhere near you and can also be prone to flatulence and drooling.
A steady 15-minute walk every day will probably be about all the exercise your Bulldog needs.
While they don’t need a lot of activity, their bodies demand some special considerations.
They are extremely heat sensitive and cannot easily regulate their body temperatures. You will need to be make sure they always have access to shade and water. Exercise during the heat of the day is a bad idea.
The short Bulldog coat needs grooming at least once a week and their wrinkly folds need regular cleaning to avoid skin infections.
Bulldogs are intelligent dogs but can be stubborn, slow learners. They respond to authority.
The Bulldog comes with a number of potentially serious health problems as a result of its unusual anatomy.
Because of their enormous heads, Bulldog puppies usually arrive via Caesarian section.
Bulldogs are susceptible to heart problems, eye issues, joint problems and skin infections. Their squashed faces and restricted windpipes can lead to breathing difficulties.
They can begin to show signs of age from five or six years of age.
With such a catalogue of potential issues, it’s important to check the temperament and medical history of your puppy’s parents.
Feed your Bulldog twice a day.