The English bulldogs earned their name around 1500 years ago. Historically, these dogs were used in the sport called Bull baiting. Sporty and ferocious then, the Bulldogs which used to grab the bull by nose and nail it to the ground were proclaimed to be the winner.
This blood thirsty sport was made illegal as per the ‘Cruelty to Animals act 1835’. The old English Bulldogs which were violent and athletic in nature, suitable to be used in dangerous sports, were turned into a domestic pet over years. Instead of being vigorous, today’s Bulldogs are naïve and subtle in their nature. They are now companion dogs and are perfect to pep up the moods of children around them.
Early socialization and disciplining helps these friendly dogs to polish their social behaviour. The English Bulldogs are affable with other domestic pets in the family. These calm and friendly dogs, if treated with generosity and care, reciprocate a lot of love and affection for the family members in return.
- Activity level: 2.5/5 (companion dogs, but less obedient)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent, but take their time with learning. However, once taught never forget!)
- Curiosity: 2/5 (watchful but lazy sometimes)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (very friendly with kids)
- Vocal: 2/5 (usually quiet, but prone to snoring)
The English Bulldogs, though have lost their earlier vigour, have continued to be massive in size. These dogs have a strong and muscular body with a heavy bone structure and stocky legs that make them slow in motion. Their short, fine and glossy coat makes them highly adorable.
- Fur: Straight, short, fine textured, smooth and glossy coat. Comes in a variety of colours, namely, red brindle, solid white, solid red, fawn etc.
- Eyes: Brown coloured eyes but could exhibit heterochromia.
- Body structure: The mature English bulldogs are generally 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder. These canines are heavy in their build and structure. With stocky legs set at the corner of the body, these pets walk slowly in a waddling motion.
- Facial features: Facial and neck skin is soft, fluffy and loose. The two loose folds at the throat form a dewlap.
- Weight: A mature male weighs about 50 pounds, while a mature female weighs 40 pounds. Show dogs weigh roughly 10 pounds more than the average Bulldogs.
These domestic creatures tend to grow overweight if overfed. Regular feeding twice a day, combined with minimal exercises in terms of a walk is must for them. Obesity can stress their joints and weaken their hip and legs below. Due to the pushed-in face look, Bulldogs are extremely sensitive to heat and do not dissipate heat from within. They breathe heavily when it’s hot, and are susceptible to sun strokes. Hence, their face should be regularly wiped and cleaned.
They shed hair moratelyd. Therefore brushing and grooming once a week leaves them with a smooth and glossy coat outwards. The facial wrinkles need regular brushing. A Bulldog can suffer from respiratory problems due to its facial features or hip dysplasia because of their lack of exercise.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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