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English Bulldog: Dog Breed Profile

English bulldog

The English Bulldog is distinguished at first glance by its massive head and unevenly larger than the rest of the body which gives it a grumpy look.

Not very resistant to hot weather, poor swimmer, and sensitive to intense physical efforts, the English Bulldog is perhaps not the most athletic dog in existence, but Its energy and dynamism make It a very good family dog!

History of the breed

In the 13th century, English Bulldogs were selected for their ferocity. They were then used in England for “bullbaiting”. It is a type of sport that put these dogs in confrontation with the bulls.

The practice then died out in 1837 and the breed began to become scarce until keen hunters took care of it. A new education was instilled in them and today the result is ideal pets.

Their origins gave them great courage and fierceness, while the training they have received makes them very affectionate and very sociable animals. The current breed standard in force dates from 2010.

Physical features

  • Its hair: very short with a smooth and fine structure.
    Its color: uniform (red, black, fawn, white, etc.) all over the body except for the mask which is black; or variegated with white
  • Its head: very imposing is covered with a very wrinkled skin with a rather flat and not prominent forehead. A frontal groove crosses the top of the eyes.
  • Its ears: quite small in shape more or less curved. They are quite far apart from each other.
  • Its eyes: medium in size and circular in shape. They have a black color that leaves almost no room for white.
  • Its body: is stocky with a robust chest. Hence the animal’s ability to run quickly. It’s nevertheless not very enduring.
  • Its tail: is not covered with rough hairs and is round. It is more or less short and never rises above the height of the body.

Behavior With Others

In terms of Its character, the English Bulldog can be self-confident and relatively stubborn. But as with all breeds of dogs, it will be necessary to educate them from an early age to never be overwhelmed by any annoying behavior.

Sufficient mental and physical expenditure, as well as a balanced education, adapted to your English Bulldog will allow living with a happy and balanced dog.

The English Bulldog does not have the reputation of being a particularly barking dog. However, its bark is quite severe and can be quite intimidating.

The English Bulldog can live with children if it has been used to their presence and the children are respectful enough. On the other hand, the English Bulldog is a dog known for its lack of delicacy, so you will have to be vigilant during games and also if you have small children.

It can live with other animals if it has been socialized from an early age by their presence. In addition, it will be essential that the first meetings go well in order to prevent your dog from considering other species negatively.

Education 

Stubborn and sensitive, It’s able to ignore you for several days if It considers a reprimand unjustified. The most important thing for the Bulldog puppy is to teach It the meaning of “no”.

The trainer must be very rigorous and pay attention to everything that is allowed and prohibited. The English Bulldog also needs a lot of attention.

Living Conditions

The English Bulldog will need to exercise, but Its typical physique will not allow It to be very resistant to the effort. A daily walk will be essential to exercise it and relax it, but it will not be the right candidate to participate in your sports activities, especially if they are intense.

In addition, the English Bulldog is not very resistant to heat and is not a good swimmer, so it will be necessary to be vigilant during summer and to avoid water activities.

The English bulldog can live in an apartment without any problem, as long as it is out regularly and above all sufficiently. Lazy, the English Bulldog enjoys a sedentary life and never tires of spending time at home or in an apartment. It can lie down near you for hours. Small walks from time to time are welcome.

The English Bulldog is a “brachycephalic” breed, which means that it has a relatively short muzzle. This makes It unable to cool Its body effectively in hot weather and It can easily suffer from heatstroke during spring and summer.

Health & Maintenance

The English Bulldog is very sensitive to cold and hot weather. Be careful not to take it out in extreme temperatures. Indeed, the heat can cause suffocation of the animal or, conversely, violent tremors in a cold environment.

The animal does not have great endurance, it should not be subjected to long races. If the dog has stenosis of the nostrils or exhibits back pain, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian promptly.

The life expectancy of an English Bulldog is, on average, between 8 years and 10 years.

The eyes of the English Bulldog are particularly irritable. It’s advisable to clean them regularly with physiological serum and cotton. As for the ears, there are products to use to clean them only once a week.

The maintenance of this dog requires special attention at the level of the skin because of the many skin folds, which contain moisture and heat. For this, you can use a clean, non-damp cloth to prevent infections. The English Bulldog can drool a lot, in this case, it will be necessary to wipe its mouth regularly.

The English Bulldog’s diet is based on high-quality kibble, adapted to its morphology and rapid growth. These croquettes can be found in pet stores or specialized shops.

BEHAVIOR & CHARACTER

AFFECTION

CALM

PROTECTIVE

INDEPENDENT

HUNTER

BARKS / HOWLS

BEHAVIOR WITH OTHERS

EDUCATION

CLEVER

OBEDIANT

LIVING CONDITION

SUITABLE FOR APARTMENT

GOOD FOR NEW MASTERS

LOVES THE HEAT

LOVES THE COLD

HEALTH

SOLID

EASE TO GAIN WEIGHT

MAINTENANCE & HYGIENE

EASE TO MAINTAIN

COST OF MAINTENANCE

HAIR LOSS

DROOL LEVEL

EASE TO GROOM

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

ATHLETIC

ENERGY LEVEL

PLAYFUL

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