The Bulldog or English Bulldog is a friendly animal that has a heavy, low-slung body with a large, square head and a short, up-turned muzzle. Like most short-muzzled dog breeds, Bulldogs have some breathing problems and can snore very loudly. This breed looks quite formidable and intimidating but it is really one of the gentlest of dog breeds. Bulldogs are short-legged and only stand about 12 to 16 inches tall at shoulder height and weigh from 45 to 55 pounds. Bulldogs have a waddling gait. The Bulldog’s coat is smooth and short-haired with all colours allowed except black. Bulldogs are members of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Non-Sporting Dog Group.
The English Bulldog has become famous as a symbol of Great Britain. Bulldogs were developed in medieval England as ferocious bull-baiters. After the practice of Bull-baiting was outlawed in the 19th century, the ferocity was bred out of the breed. Modern Bulldogs now have a docile and amiable nature. Bulldogs are popular dogs and are ranked 14th out 154 dog breeds in 2004 AKC registrations.
Bulldogs are friendly and loveable dogs that adore their families. Puppies are playful and high-spirited but grow up to be calm and dignified adult dogs. The breed is very good with children and usually peaceful with other pets. Bulldogs don’t need a lot of exercise but do need a lot of attention. These dogs can be somewhat stubborn and dominating and need to be taught their place in the family. Puppies should have early socialization and obedience training and they can best be trained with food motivation. Bulldogs can snore very loudly and the breed can swallow a lot of air which can lead to flatulence and unpleasant smells in an enclosed area. Bulldogs love to eat and don’t share well – so they should be fed separately from other pets. Bulldogs do fine with novice or first-time dog owners.
Bulldogs don’t need a lot of exercise – just short regular walks to keep them fit. The breed does best in temperate climates and shouldn’t be exercised in hot or cold weather. Bulldogs adapt well to indoor apartment living and can do without a yard.
Bulldogs need only occasional brushing and bathe only when necessary. The folds and creases on the Bulldog’s face need regular daily cleaning with a damp cloth. This breed is an average shedding dog.
The life expectancy of the Bulldog is only about 8 years because of health problems. This breed can cost its owners quite a lot in veterinary bills over its lifetime. Common health issues include: skin problems; heart disease; respiratory problems; ectropion and entropion.
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