The iconic British breed symbolising the spirit of the country
Bull baiting was introduced to Britain by the Normans in the 12th Century when they used mastiff-type dogs to torment bulls. By the 16th Century bull baiting was a popular ‘entertainment’ for all classes. The leggier mastiff types were replaced by smaller, thick-set dogs with strong heads and powerful jaws, these being the ancestors of the modern Bulldog. In 1835 bull baiting was made illegal and the future of the breed, now without a function, was threatened. Those kept as companions provided the nucleus for the regeneration of the breed when dog showing became fashionable. The Kennel Club recognised the bulldog in 1873 and he remains the iconic British breed, thought to symbolise the spirit of the country. Since the start of the 21st Century dedicated breeders have worked hard to improve the health of the breed by reducing exaggeration in the physical features. Changes to the Kennel Club Standard have militated against exaggeration with a strong focus on health and welfare. The Bulldog remains hugely popular as a family companion for his great character and loyalty.
The Bulldog is quite the opposite of his appearance; while they can look quite fierce and threatening, they are the complete opposite. These dogs have a gentle, friendly nature, adore their human family, and have a dose of mischievous stubbornness. Above all, they are loyal to their family. Bulldogs are mellow and are happy to relax next to their owner’s feet, but they also enjoy an occasional romp and going on walks, moderate exercise and play will help the dog to stay trim. Very warm days are best spent in front of an air-conditioner, however, as the Bulldog’s short muzzle can make breathing difficult in heat and humidity. Bulldogs are sweet, devoted, and easygoing, and they want to please their owner. Bulldogs do well with other pets and loves children but may not have the energy level they prefer in a play companion. The Bulldog enjoys nothing more than an afternoon of relaxation with the family, of whom they are very protective. Bulldogs will crave attention and along with it consistent training, making them a wonderful addition to the family. Please note these dogs do suffer from many different health problems due to the physical extremes they have been bred to have, some breeders are still creating dogs with poor health – keep that in mind, as it’s costly and so sad to see a dog struggling to breathe and walk.
Read more about the history of this breed – HERE
STATS AND FACTS
Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.
|Group – UK||Utility|
|Bred For||Bull Baiting, Companion|
|Country of Origin||UK|
|Temperament||Loyal, Bold, Affectionate|
|Exercise Needed||Up to 1 hour a day|
|Size of Home Needed||Small|
|Weight – Females||23 kg / 50 lbs|
|Weight – Males||25 kg / 55 lbs|
|Grooming||Once a week|
|Colour||Brindle, Fawn, Red, White variations|
|Life Span||8 – 10 years|
- Bulldogs aren’t good swimmers due to their short legs and heavy, stocky bodies.
- Another result of the bulldog’s awkward biology is difficulty conceiving. Males have a hard time reaching the females, so to avoid unnecessary physical stress, breeders opt for artificial insemination.
- Most often, birth is by Caesarean section and is necessary because the pups’ heads are too big to fit through the birthing canal.
- The Bulldog also known as the British Bulldog or English Bulldog.
- Like all brachycephalic, or ‘short faced’, breeds, Bulldogs can easily become overheated and even die from hyperthermia.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD
Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Bulldogs.
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WEBSITES ABOUT BULLDOGS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Bulldog breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.
- The British Bulldog Club
- The Bulldog Breed Council
- East Coast Bulldog Rescue
- Baggy Bulldogs
- The Bulldog Club of America
- The Bulldog Club Incorporated
- The Bulldog Information Library
- The Edwards Foundation
- Geordie Bullies Springboard Rescue
- Bulldog Rescue Network
- Bulldogs World
- English Bulldog News – Forum
- Bulldog Club of Canada
- British Bulldog Club of NSW
- British Bulldog Club of Victoria
- Bulldog Guide
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