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Bulldog

Bulldog Breed Information

Size 12-14 in (31-36 cm)
Weight 51-55 lb (23-25 kg)
Origin Great Britain
Color Red, fallow, beige, white: multi-colored
Lifespan 8-12 years
Suitable as Family dogs, companion dogs
Personality Charming, affectionate, obedient, patient, gentle
Exercise Dog Exercise
Drooling Dog Drooling
Shedding Dog Shedding
Fur care Dog Fur Care

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Breed Characteristics

The Bulldog may have a face like thunder but is friendly, loving, cheerful and humorous. It likes to listen to commands and gets on very well with strangers and other pets. It may take longer to learn than other dogs, but it doesn’t easily forget something once it’s gone in.

Bulldog: Personality

The Bulldog is self-sufficient and therefore much more independent of humans than other dogs (but of course they also need love, attention and daily walks!). It is a bit too heavy for a lap dog, but it likes to relax on a cuddly blanket, on the sofa or any other cozy place. Bulldogs don’t tend to bark a lot. That is probably one of the things that are just too stressful for it.

By the way: Bulldogs can not swim very well. Their head is too big and her back too short to maneuver.

Lazy Bulldog Lazy Bulldogge - Foto: Onizuka Yoshiki/Shutterstock

Bulldog: Records

Let's check out some records! Until 2017 Bulldog Otto held the record for "Longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog". 30 people stood with their feet apart to allow Otto pass through the human „tunnel“ on his skateboard.

Bulldog Tillman was a big skateboard fan, too. Since 2009 he holds the record for "Fastest 100 m on a skateboard by a dog". Sadly he passed away in 2015. He knew how to surf!

Appearance

Especially compared to a Labrador Retriever or a Border Collie, the Bulldog has a very imbalanced physique. It has a broad, muscular body with a short back, short legs and a massive head with a short and wrinkled muzzle. On the other hand they have a smooth, glossy coat and beautiful dark, round eyes.

Three Bulldogs are going for a walk Three Bulldogs are going for a walk - Foto: Runa Kazakova/Shutterstock

History

The story about the Bulldogs' history is not a nice one and is really surprising when you consider how cute and peaceful this dog breed is. Its short nose and its strong body were especially bred for bull fights. The dogs were meant to bite in the snout of the bull and were trained not to let go of it. Often the fight ended in the bull tossing the dog with its horns up in the air.

Luckily, in 1835, bull fights were made illegal. As a result, Bulldogs were not need anymore and the breed almost would have been completely forgotten. Fortunately it was rediscovered as a loving, reliable family dog.

By the way: The French Bulldog was bred from the English Bulldog!

Bulldog Bulldog - Photo: GoDog Photo/Shutterstock

Where Does the Name Come From?

The dog was actually called Bonddog or Bolddog in the beginning. In the 17th century its name changed to Bulldog because it was used in bull fights mainly.

Health and Care

The short and smooth coat of a Bulldog should be brushed once a week. Clean the wrinkles in his face daily with a damp cloth and make sure to dry them completely. Its nose stays soft with a little bit of petroleum jelly.

Did You Know?

In the United States, many universities have a bulldog mascot. There are a lot of American football teams that are named after the bulldog, too, e.g. the New York Bulldogs or the Cleveland Bulldogs.

Bulldog Bulldog - Photo: GoDog Photo/Shutterstock

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