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Bulldog

The Bulldog is a powerful and friendly breed that is a devoted companion. He requires minimal grooming and does well in cooler temperatures.


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Physical Characteristics
  • 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
Temperament
  • 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
Medical Conditions
  • Brachycephalic syndrome (can cause breathing difficulties)
  • Congenital cardiac diseases (including ventricular septal defect)
  • Cystinuria (kidney disease)
  • Deafness
  • Hemivertebrae (malformed vertebrae)
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • 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.
At Home
  • 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
Grooming
  • Easy to groom
  • Average shedder
  • Comb and brush with firm-bristle brush
  • Wipe face with a damp cloth to clean inside wrinkles
Other Facts
  • 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
Breed History
  • Native to England's British Isles
  • Descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff
  • Used by butchers to hold bulls
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Bulldog Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit Heaven Sent Bulldog Rescue
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