Origins & Brief History
As Perhaps the preeminent and certainly most popular of the “Bully” breeds, the Bulldog, also known as the English or British Bulldog, is difficult to miss if You see one. From It’s distinct head and jaw, to It’s squat, muscular stance, It’s not difficult to see why they are used as a mascot for everything from the Country of Great Britain, to the United States Marine Corp, to colleges all across the Country, they just seem to have that strong, determined look about them. The breed originated in the British Isles, a descendant of the Asiatic mastiff and acquired their name from their use in what was known as bull baiting, a sport popular in England until eventually being outlawed in 1835, and for their resemblance to a little bull.
Since that time the most fierce and undesirable traits have been removed through breeding to produce the Dog we know today.
Bulldogs possess many desirable traits making them quite popular as family pets. Despite their somewhat ferocious appearance they are very gentle and docile dogs and require lots of human interaction to be their happiest. They display a keen sense of family bond, are good with children, and other animals and will serve as good watch dogs as they can be fiercely protective. They can however also be very stubborn and determined at times, and as with many dog breeds will require a owner willing to understand and work with the animal to mitigate It’s natural tendencies.
Bulldogs are a fairly low maintenance dog breed. Their coats are short and fine and don’t require regular brushing or trimming. An occasional bath and nail trimming, and cleaning the skin folds on their face with a damp cloth regularly, are about all that is required. About average shedders, and will drool some.
Specifications of Breed
Bulldogs generally range in size from about 12 to 16 inches in height, with males generally in the 50-55 pound range and females in the 45-50 pound range. They typically will live about 8-12 years on average. A breed best suited for climates without extremes as it can get cold easily and has difficulty cooling itself off in hot weather. Not a overly active dog that needs a great deal of exercise, but as with all dogs does require walks and some form of regular exercise. Is more an indoor dog.
Just a few things to be aware of when considering this breed of dog. Bulldogs can be susceptible to breathing problems because of their noses. Some of the other issues that can affect bulldogs also include mast cell tumors, and hip and knee problems, as well as the heat and cold sensitivity mentioned earlier. Bulldogs also can be very flatulent due to their tendency to breath through their mouths. They gulp a lot of air, due to their problems breathing through their nose. Just some of the things to be aware of when considering this breed.
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