The Bulldog is a powerful and friendly breed that is a devoted companion. He requires minimal grooming and does well in cooler temperatures.
Try out our new Dog Breed Chooser Tool to help you select a breed.
Finding a Bulldog
- Medium build
- Large, wide head
- Short face, black nose and dark eyes
- Loose skin is covered with short, rough hair that comes in red brindle, solid white, solid red to fawn, or piebald or fawn
- Height: 12-16 inches
- Weight: 40-50 pounds
- Average lifespan: 8 years
- Gentle, affectionate, even-tempered, friendly, persistent, dependable, brave
- Interaction with people: Good with children
- Interaction with animals: May not be friendly toward unfamiliar dogs; good with noncanine pets
- Level of attention needed: Needs significant human companionship and affection
- Protection: Excellent guard dog; will chase intruders
- Brachycephalic syndrome (can cause breathing difficulties)
- Congenital cardiac diseases (including ventricular septal defect)
- Cystinuria (kidney disease)
- Hemivertebrae (malformed vertebrae)
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Ophthalmic disorders (including entropion, cherry eye, ectropion and distichiasis)
- Patellar luxation
- Skin conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Prefers to be indoors
- Prefers mild climates; take caution in extreme heat
- Some need lots of exercise, while others are fairly inactive
- Easy to groom
- Average shedder
- Comb and brush with firm-bristle brush
- Wipe face with a damp cloth to clean inside wrinkles
- The breed was featured as Bull in the "Lady and the Tramp"
- Calvin Coolidge owned one named "Boston Beans"
- Yale had a bulldog mascot named Handsome Dan; some claim he is America's original mascot
- Originally a ferocious fighting dog, this breed has been a gentle companion dog for hundreds of years
- The name "bulldog" refers to its original use baiting bulls as sport
- Native to England's British Isles
- Descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff
- Used by butchers to hold bulls