March 2, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Bulldog

Overview:

  • Height: 12"- 16”
  • Weight: 49-55 pounds
  • Historical function: Bull baiting
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Non-sporting

Physical Characteristics:

The Bulldog is easily recognized with their stout, stocky, muscular stature with short legs. The head is broad, with a pushed-in nose and prominent jaw, often with an underbite. There is a rope-like fold over the nose. Their wrinkles make them appear old no matter their age.

History of the Breed:

The Bulldog originated in England and was bred for their tenacity and muscular stature with the ability to grab under a bull's neck and hold on tightly. When bull baiting became illegal, they were bred for companionship, thus their temperament has been softened considerably.

Temperament:

As stated before, the Bulldog was originally bred to be fierce, tenacious fighters that were nearly impervious to pain. Modern dogs have been bred for companionship; however, the breed retains a resolute sturdy nature. This is a nice way of saying they can be "bullheaded." Generally, only the appearance is intimidating. This dog is good with children and patient, however, they do have the ability to guard the home.

  • Best suited for: Bulldogs do not need a lot of physical exercise, so they are well-suited for living in apartments and other urban environments.
  • Preferred living conditions: Their short nose makes them prone to overheating in warm weather, so make sure to provide a shady place to rest.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy to groom short coat.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, though take care not to overexercise in heat as the short nose makes breathing difficult.
  • Life expectancy: 8 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to breathing problems.

Breed Club Links: Bulldog Club of America

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Life vests are important to this breed since they cannot swim well.

Have any stories about a Bulldog? Please share!


Photo courtesy of Jazz Guy.

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