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Bulldogs – Personality to a Fault




A favorite breed in the nineteenth century that was bred for blood sports in the British Isles, the Bulldog has risen above its somber reputation of earlier times. Today it has become one of the most highly recognized and adorable faces on the face of 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 honorable occasion.

Another famous Bulldog breed is the American Bulldog. The American Bulldog is very similar to the British Bulldog, other than the American Bulldog is taller. This 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 individual breed and is somewhat opened-minded in nature (another way to phrase ‘stubborn!). They need to be understood and accepted for the breed they are.

 

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This photo is commonly referred to 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

The definition of a Bulldog is to compete at all costs. Compete. Compete. Compete. This is due to their initial breeding for sports and a strong desire to win; mainly “bull baiting” which is now banned. However, the generic concept is still very much apparent.

They compete for your attention and also for your affection. They are very lovely dogs with their 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 for security within the home, especially for their owners. 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 attitude that is informative to you. 

Bulldog facts

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. But there are many other facts that makes this dog very interesting.

  • The average life span is about around 10 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
  • 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
  • Hot, humid weather is not tolerated by this breed
  • 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 round 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 own space. Good with adults and children.
  • Cautious, making them good guard dogs. They know their own territory.
  • 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 extremely intelligent, preferring to do their own thinking
  • This is a dog that prefers to not only do their own thinking, but actually does things “their way” in very innovative ways that may not meet their owners approval
  • This breed has a well-earned reputation for being rather stubborn
  • Raising a Bulldog is more successful if its owner has a good sense of humor

Health care

Bulldogs are prone to suffering from Interdigital Cysts, especially round 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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