BREED SPOTLIGHT: Bulldogs
This medium-sized dog sports adorable looking wrinkles around its large head and flat face.
History of the Bulldog
The bulldog is commonly called the English bulldog but can include the American Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and the French Bulldog.
Originating from the British Isles, the bulldog was once one of the most ferocious of the fighting dogs. The bull name is due to its association with bull baiting. After dog fighting became illegal, the fierce fighting characteristics were bred out to preserve the breed.
Within a few generations, the bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens with a wonderfully agreeable temperament.
In the last 10 years, bulldogs have rocketed from the 18th to the 5th most popular dog. Needless to say, bulldogs are pretty popular pets.
Traits of the Bulldog
The bulldog is characteristically calm, stubborn and dignified, and possesses a gentle disposition. Though playful as puppies, adult bulldogs are much calmer and laid back, and would much prefer to lay on your lap rather than play a game of chase.
They are known for getting along well with children and can be so attached to home and family that they will not venture out of the yard without a human companion.
A very affectionate and dependable breed, it is known for being courageous and for its exceptional guarding skills. Bullheaded and determined, this breed does not give up easily.
They snore very loudly, and most drool and have slobbering tendencies, and are pretty messy eaters. Bulldog breed clubs put the average life span of the breed at 8–12 years.
Visual Characteristics of Bulldogs
The bulldog has short legs and a wide, medium-sized frame. They're quite stout, solid dogs. The bulldog's head is quite large – extra skin on the skull and forehead gives them their signature look. Their ears look rather small and thin compared to the rest of the bulldog's physique.
The bulldog's jaws are large and quite broad, and of course, who can miss their floppy upper lips. Teeth have a visible under-bite. Bulldogs are one of the few breeds with a naturally short tail, either straight or curled.
Their coloring can be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald.
Bulldogs typically weight 50 pounds at maturity with females weighing more around 40 pounds. What it lacks in height, it more than makes up for in its stocky body. Solidly built, this medium sized dog is going to grow beyond the size of your lap.
The coat is short, flat, and sleek, so is really easy to groom. They should be combed and brushed with a firm bristled brush, and bathed only when necessary. However, you will need to wipe the face with a damp cloth on a daily basis to clean inside the wrinkles. The bulldog is an average shedder.
Medical Issues of Bulldogs
The leading cause of death of Bulldogs is cardiac related (20%), cancer (18%), and old age (9%).
Bulldogs are prone to breathing problems, poor eyesight, cherry eye, and are very prone to heatstroke in warm weather or hot rooms and cars. Extra precautions are needed in warmer climates and during summer months. Bulldogs' nose cavities are very small and thus have much difficulty keeping their bodies cool.
Bulldogs require plenty of shade and water, and must be kept out of standing heat. Air conditioning and good ventilation are required to keep them healthy and safe.
They are also very cold sensitive and susceptible to skin infections, hip and knee problems. Bulldogs tend to experience frequent flatulence, especially when fed any other type of food other than their regular dog food.
The Breed for You?
Bulldogs are truly a people's dog, searching out human attention and loving every bit it can get. A lot of human attention is required for the breed's happiness.
Bulldogs make great family pets due to their tendency to bond strongly with children as well as their gentle and protective nature. Grooming requirements are minimal, and they don't require a great amount of exercise.
Since the breed overheats easily in warm weather, they are happier as indoor pets. Also, whenever they are outside, they require shade.
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