Considering getting a Bulldog? Makes sure you know the characteristics of the breed. We've put together the following Bulldog breed information and facts to create a profile of this dog so you have the critical information necessary to make a decision.
Despite their intimidating appearance, the Bulldog is considered one of the most loving and gentle breeds. Courageous and good with children, the Bulldog is can be a stubborn creature. Bulldogs are good with other animals if they have been raised with them but can try to exert dominance over strange pets. Measuring 31-40 cm and weighing between 49-55 pounds, the Bulldog is a lot of dog in a tiny package, so make sure to train early - these little dogs can do a lot of damage if left untrained. Their energy levels vary - some Bulldogs prefer to sleep all day, while others are overly energetic and can move around in quick spurts. Regardless of their energy level, all Bulldogs are suited to apartment life, providing they are given daily exercise.
The Bulldog originated in England sometime in the 16th or 17th century and was originally bred for bull and bear baiting, a popular 17th century betting game where trained bulldogs would leap at a chained bull's snout and attempt to suffocate it. Bulldogs were bred to be short so they could get under a bull's horns and muscular enough to overpower the bull. The wrinkles on a Bulldog's face allowed for another animal's blood to drain quickly from its face, and not enter into the eyes. The Bulldogs of yesteryear had aggressive tendencies, but generations of breeding have eroded them. Today's Bulldogs are friendly and charming and, because of their tenacious nature, are often employed by universities and sports teams as mascots.
Before you buy a Bulldog, you need to know they have small windpipes and are prone to breathing problems, snoring and slobbering as dog health. They tend to have poor eyesight and do not like extreme hot and cold weather, especially the cold. An average litter yields about 5 puppies, but because bulldog puppies are often born with broad heads, most births have to be preformed by a vet via Caesarian section. Bulldogs are also prone to hip and knee problems and can develop skin infections rather easily. The average lifespan of a Bulldog is relatively short - averaging 8 years. Bulldogs are considered average shedders, and are very easy for dog grooming. Bathe only when necessary, but make sure to wipe the face and clean inside the wrinkles everyday with a moist cloth to avoid skin infections. Bulldogs come in a variety of beautiful brownish shades including red, fawn, brindle, pale yellow, muted red, white, or any combination of these colours.
Bulldog puppies are often thought of as one of the easiest breeds to train - all they require is consistency and enthusiastic rewards for good behaviour. Bulldogs can be a bit stubborn, and may ignore commands from time to time. Do not let this fool you - a properly trained Bulldog is capable of hearing and understanding everything you say. Quite simply, they are independent dogs, and need to exert their individuality from time to time. Because of their strength, take great pains to train your puppy not to pull on a leash, and to play nice with strange dogs. You'll be surprised at how quickly Bulldogs learn, and how fast you and your family will fall in love with yours!