ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPIES
Also called British Bulldog, the English Bulldog has a fierce appearance and a temperament that doesn’t match. They are gentle, friendly, and loyal and loving to their human family. They enjoy children and are quite patient and tolerant; they will just get up and walk away when they’ve reached their limit. They also get along peacefully with other animals, making them one of the most easy-going dogs you could add to your family. These dogs are very spirited as puppies but mature into calm, quiet adults who can even tend towards laziness. They’ll join the kids for playing and games, but they’ll be back by your side shortly to watch the action happen.
They love children and are patient and tolerant with them, but they may not have the energy children prefer in their dog playmates.
Bulldogs do well with other pets although a well trained Bulldog makes a better housemate for cats and animal members newly introduced to the home. The Bulldog loves children but may not have the energy level they prefer in a dog playmate.
They are able to be trained, but a mischievous stubborn streak can make it challenging. Early training and obedience classes — and patience — can help.
Your Bulldog will love nothing more than spending an afternoon of relaxation with the family, and they’ll be protective of you. They crave your attention and will be a calm, easy-going member of your household.
The Bulldog has impressive, square, broad, massive jaws and hanging upper lips. The undershot bite is a holdover from their bull-baiting days; they retain the tools despite having lost the ferociousness that used to go with it.
Their medium-sized bodies are solid and compact looking, and they have short legs. The tail can be screwed or straight and is carried low.
They have smooth, soft, plush coats that come in a range of colors:
- Red brindle
- Everything in between
They stand 12 to 13 inches tall and weigh 49 to 51 pounds.
They have a distinctive walk: it’s a shuffling, loose-jointed, sideways roll.
The shortness of their muzzle makes them prone to breathing problems, and you’ll want to keep an eye on them during exercise and moderate activities.
We recommend 30 minutes of activity a day and about 5 miles of walking a week.
Ancient Mastiffs that originated in Asia are the ancestors of the Bulldog. When nomads travelled to Europe, they brought those Mastiffs with them. Breeding refined them into the Bulldog we know today.
Because of its wide lower jaw and short muzzle, it was well-suited to a blood sport called bull baiting. Staying low to the ground to avoid horns and being tossed, the dog would then clamp the bull’s nose with its teeth. It was able to cling to the bull and still breathe with its upturned nose, and that’s how it earned the name Bulldog. Many dogs were injured or killed in the sport even though the breed’s pain tolerance is high. Bull baiting was outlawed in England in 1835, and the fate of the Bulldog was uncertain. They had been bred for courage and aggression, but those traits didn’t make for a good companion dog. They moved to bear baiting before that sport was also outlawed, and after that they were bred to be softer and gentler. Bulldogs made their way to America and Germany where they were ideal companion dogs; so ideal that their genes were used to help create the Boxer breed.
Inspired by the dog’s dauntless devotion, several colleges and the United States Marine Corps adopted the Bulldog as their mascot. The breed is respected for the determination and loyalty they represent. Their original ferociousness deliberately bred out, today they are recognized as sweet, friendly, and loving family companions.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Patellar Luxation
- Demodectic Mange
- Hip Dysplasia
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Head Tremors
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Cherry Eye
- Difficulty In Breedinge
- Heat Stroke
Bulldogs have soft, short hair that’s very easy to maintain, only requiring a firm bristle brush once a week. Their signature wrinkles and skin folds on their faces need to be cleaned daily with a damp cloth to remove debris and check for inflammation, sores, or parasites. Take care to thoroughly dry the folds after washing. Check and clean their ears regularly, never poking anything in the ear canal. Trim their nails as necessary, and brush their teeth a couple of times a week to freshen breath and prevent infection.
Because of the Bulldog’s short, blunt muzzle, it doesn’t do well in extreme temperatures whether hot or cold. They must have air conditioning in hot weather because even a half-hour outside in 85-degree temperatures can prove fatal. Ensure they have plenty of water to drink, and they will love to cool off in a shallow child’s play pool. (However, take care to protect them from your full-size swimming pool as their massive heads make them bad swimmers and prone to drowning.)