Breeding group : Non-Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Obedience
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 53-55 pounds Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 8 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The English Bulldog, commonly referred to as Bulldog, originated in England and was bred to fight bulls! They are a mixture of the Mastiff and the Pug which gives them their pushed in face and muscular body. Although in the late 1600's they were bred to bait bears and bulls, today they are primarily used for companionship to people and go by the names English Bulldog or British Bulldog. This breed has a unique appearance that is well known worldwide. Their body is muscular and of significant weight considering their height. They have toned legs and are low to the ground giving them an advantage when fighting massive opponents. The Bulldog has tiny triangular ears, a small corkscrew tail and eyes that are large and circular with the most appealing look being set further apart. The English Bulldog is a gentle, affectionate dog that literally thrives on the attention they get from their owners. They make great family pets because they adore children and will get along well with smaller family pets. This breed has become much more friendly with other dogs but there might still be friction with dogs of the same sex when meeting for the first time. Goofy, playful and fearless, the Bulldog is an excellent companion and will make a great addition to any one person or family's life.
The English Bulldog comes in a variety of colors such as white, red, fawn, or brindle. Most commonly seen is the white or the fawn but all are still accepted for show. Black is the only color that is a disqualification according the the standards of the AKC.
This breed has a very short, dense coat that is hard to the touch but the underbelly, chest and top of the head are areas where the fur is much smoother. The Bulldog will need weekly brushing just to remove the dead fur.
The English Bulldog is an animated character that has a loving yet clownish personality. They are a sweet breed and are not the aggressive fighters that they were once known as, but more of a breed that has been focused towards becoming the large lapdog they are today! These dogs can be very stubborn, especially during training so they will need an owner who is firm, patient and dominant. Bulldogs are known for their loyalty towards their masters and exceptional outgoing nature, making them perfect for one person or for large families because the more people surrounding this dog with affection, the merrier they are! This dog will make a great pet but are not recommended for every family because they are a bit more difficult to raise and train. With the right type of owner they will be happy, socialized dogs comfortable in any sort of situation. As puppies these dogs should be brought to different parks and social situations as well as introduced to many people and animals to ensure they will become stable adults.
The English Bulldog will need a minimal amount of grooming to upkeep their coat. Brushing 1-2 times per week and bathing every 1-2 months will be perfect! These dogs are often prone to skin allergies, difficult labor (because the puppies are so large), hip dysplasia and breathing difficulties (due to their pushed in face). Most of their ailments are due to the standard they are to meet for show and breeding requirements, so should be expected when attaining a dog of this breed.
This breed will need firm and consistent training in order for them to grasp any type of obedience concept. They are a very stubborn breed that will need a patient owner who can take fun in their antics! Bulldogs are a comical breed and don't mean any harm or disrespect and should not be taken too seriously. These dogs are not the type to be the top of their class in basic obedience but will listen to their owners for the most part.
The English Bulldog will need about a half an hour of exercise per day to tire them out. This can be done at a dog park or just on a longer walk because playing throughout the day will not be enough for this breed. They will do well in an apartment because they don't require the space of a household to live in and a backyard would be preferable for them just so they have an outside environment to roam while at home, but this is not needed.