Bulldogs | Personality to a Fault




Bulldogs are favorite British Isles breeds during the nineteenth century,  produced for blood sports. Over the years, it has risen above its somber reputation of earlier times. Today it has become one of the most highly recognized and adorable faces on the planet.

Bulldogs developed from the beautiful Asian mastiffs and cute little pugs. This cross produced British Bulldogs, the most common breed of today.  Known for its charismatic nature, defined structure and sociability, it became more and more popular as time moved on. Eventually, it became a role model for institutions and branded names. Being associated with the Bulldog seems to be a rather important occasion.

Another popular Bulldog breed is the American Bulldog. The American Bulldog is very similar to the British Bulldog, other than the American Bulldog is taller. Its height makes it look more muscular and slightly aggressive in nature. But both breeds make wonderful pets if they are treated right. Something to remember is that the Bulldog is an individualistic breed and is somewhat opened-minded in nature (another way to phrase ‘stubborn!). They need to be understood and accepted for the race they are.

 

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This dog is known as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog (now extinct), Leavitt Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and the French Bulldog.

 

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American “Bully” Bulldog – Steelcity “Chopem’ Up” Kascha/owned by Chad Moore (Credited: Wikipedia)

Definition of Bulldogs

The definition of a Bulldog is to compete at all costs. Compete. Compete. Compete. This powerful need to fight and win is because of their first breeding that would lead them into blood sports; they developed a strong desire to win above all else. Their primary blood sport was “bull baiting,” now banned. However, the breed’s genetic concept is still very much apparent.

They compete for your attention and also for your affection. Bulldogs are very lovely dogs with a stocky and robust appearance. However, they are a force to be reckoned with as well. They can put quite a weight on you in more ways than one!  But they make great dogs for security within the home. As young puppies, cute and cuddly goes without saying. What an adorable pet!

There is also plenty of guidance from the kennel clubs and the bulldog societies. Join one. They are fun with the activities they provide. As Bulldogs do love interaction, they have plenty of attitudes that tells you just who they are!

Facts about Bulldogs

This is a dog that does not require much exercise. Regular walking is a must, but it is not necessary to have a back yard. There are many other reasons that make this dog extremely attractive to Bulldog lovers; research the breed and find out about this wonderfull pet.

  • The average life span is about around ten years but many live longer, depending on health
  • The average weight for the British Bulldog is 53-55 pounds for males and 49-51 pounds for females
  • The average weight for the American Bulldog is 66-130 pounds for males and 60-90 pounds for females
  • The shorter Bulldogs are more prized when shown in dog shows
  • Constant drooling
  • A heavy weight which needs monitoring for their health
  • When choosing a vet, make sure they know and like Bulldogs
  • Bulldogs need to be an indoor dog
  • This breed does not tolerate hot, humid weather
  • Outside Bulldogs require an air-conditioned/heated kennel
  • Bulldogs cannot swim well, and drowning is possible in water over a kiddie pool height

Appearance

  • Stout and robust figure making them ideal for smaller households.
  • Oversized heads and wide, strong jaws (a prominent feature for their standing).
  • Heavy, distinctive wrinkles around the face and under the chin.
  • Short tails
  • Mostly a white and brown short haired coat.

Characteristics

  • Loving and caring, overly at times as their nature dictates. Bossy and abrupt but meant well.
  • Sociable around other dogs although they do like their space. Good with adults and children.
  • A cautious disposition, making them excellent guard dogs. They know their territory which makes them a quality sentry keeper. 
  • Attentive, ranking them high in the companionship table
  • Loud snorers
  • Majestic in stature
  • Prestigious and unique
  • Prone to sneaking and pinching (feed well).
  • The Bulldog is intelligent and set in his or her own way
  • This is a dog that prefers to do his own thinking. He does things “his own way” in very innovative ways that may or may not meet their owners’ approval
  • Raising a Bulldog is more successful if its owner has a good sense of humor and lots of patience

Healthcare

Bulldogs are prone to suffering from Interdigital Cysts, especially around the toes, so great care is needed. Routine visits to the vet is necessary. 

Facial wrinkles and any folds around their tail (which can be deeper than you think) should be cleaned daily. These are areas that can develop into hot spots if not cared for properly.

Hips can be a problem for them as well as they have very tiny legs and muscular bodies. Allergies are also a common ailment for the bulldog. Keep a tissue handy.

Precautions must be taken when anesthetizing a Bulldog. As most females require C-sections, care should be taken at this time.

Other health issues:

  • Ear mites
  • Anal glands
  • Allergies
  • Cherry eye
  • Canine hip dysplasia
  • Elongated soft palate
  • Internalized tail
  • Shoulder luxation
  • Fungus spots
  • Facial acne
  • Eczema
  • Problems with stinky farts
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Credit: Wikipedia

Environment

Bulldogs are not great lovers of hot weather (it’s quite similar to Pomsky dogs since both of them prefer cool weather). Due to their very small nasal passage, they have trouble keeping cool. This in itself can make them irritable and temperamental. The best cause for action is to cater for this is by keeping them as cool as possible and out of the sun for long periods of time.

Pricing guide

Bulldogs keep their value very well. In fact, the British bulldogs are among the most expensive breeds you’ve ever known. Prices run from $1,500 to $4,000.

The cost of looking after them is the same. Be sure to think about this before buying one. Vet bills can be high due their known health conditions. Pet insurance is a good idea.

If you are buying a puppy, go to an established and reputable breeder. If you are adopting, get to know the dog first. They have particular personalities and feelings.

Barkers

No. The bulldog breeds are not known for their constant barking. Instead of being noisy barkers, they are considered to be rather placid. 

Caution

With this in mind,, they can watch, stalk and pounce at any given moment. Sometimes in their playful approach one needs to be aware that Bulldogs have very powerful and muscular jaws. As young puppies, they need to be trained properly, especially when around children. They may not always identify the difference between a toy and food or prey. Their genetic reaction would be to attack. Good strong communication between owner and the Bulldog is in order, as they will dominate when possible. The majestic Bulldog is a boss at heart!

Solitude

Some breeds of dogs are quite happy to be left alone for long periods of time. Many experts on the Bulldog find this is a dog that has a tendency to sulk. However, they can also be rather mischievous. Unless asleep, they desire to be informed of everything that is going on to participate in family activities.

With all this in mind and if you believe that this type of breed is for you and your family, then I wish you well. Renowned for protection and affection, stability and companionship; the bulldog is the most highly recommended pet.

This is a breed awarded top grades, not only in showing their adoring appearance and nature but their stunning strength and stamina. This is a breed who is most definitely eye-catching show dogs. They love the lime light and the treats they are rewarded. Every bulldog likes to be pampered. Make it so…treat them well and they will treat you right.

Bulldogs are members of the household. Bulldogs are members of the family.

About Bio:

I’m Cindy Grant, founder of NolongerWild.com and also a crazy fan of dogs, cats and all kinds of in-house little cute pets. Feel free to read all amazing things about Pet’s Breed, Training, Behavior, Food and Health on my blog. With such big passions in pets, I strongly hope NolongerWild will be a friendly community where I can connect with those who share the same hobby.

 

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