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Information

Name : English Bulldog

Other Names : British Bulldog

Origin : British Isles

Size Type : Medium Dog Breed

Breed Group : Non-sporting dog breeds

Life span : 7-10 years

Litter Size : 3-5 puppies. They have to have c-sections.

Temperament : calm, lazy, relaxed

Height : 12"-16"

Weight : 40 to 50 pounds

Colors : The bulldog comes in: Brindle & White, Fawn, Fawn & White, Fawn Brindle & White, Gray, Brindle, Red, Red & White, Red Brindle, Red Brindle & White, White, Black, Black & Fawn, Black & White, Black Fawn & White, Black Red & White, Brindle, Bronze, Fawn & Brindle, Gray, Gray & White.

Puppy Price : $500-$5000 some bulldogs have been known to reach prices of up to 50K

Body type

An ideal bulldog is of medium size, short in height, heavy in weight. The most recognizable part of the bulldog is it's big droopy face, the lower jaw on the face sticks out farther than the bottom. All the extra skin covers there face. The lips droop down making a slobbery mess.

Head- The bulldog head is large, the forehead should be flat. with a distinct stop in the muzzle. This compact muzzle really distinguishes the bulldog, but causes many different breathing problems. The ears are generally half erect, and medium in size. Bulldogs have big eyes in the middle of the face that seem to be sunken in.

Body- The bulldog body is large for the size. The body is spacious, and well formed shoulders, chest and ribs. The chest is broad, deep and filled in. The back is short, yet still strong. Shoulders are very broad.

Forequarters- Shoulders are muscular, heavy, wide and slant outward resembling power and stability. The forelegs are short, stout, strong, and set well apart. The legs themselves aren't bowed ,but seem to be from the placement on the body. The feet are medium size and compact that are straight forward setting.

Hindquarters- The hind legs are strong and muscular, and longer then the front legs. Hocks have a slight bend, with lower legs being short, straight and strong. This odd body structure results in the feet pointing outwards.





Coat

Bulldogs have a short, straight, smooth feeling coat. The skin should be loose and are extra lose at the head, neck and shoulders. The head and face are covered in heavy wrinkles.

The bulldog is an average shedder. Giving a regular brushing at least once a week can help minimize unwanted hair loss. The bulldog has many different skin conditions and needs to be carefully cared for. There is a lot of attention that goes into making sure your bulldog has good skin.

Regular bathing is a must, the bulldog needs to have their body cleaned every week to every two. Many experts advise even more. The need to be kept clean or else they will break out in rashes and infections.

Characteristics

Good with Kids : 83 %
Cat Friendly : 100 %
Dog Friendly : 66 %
Trainability : 83 %
Shedding : 66 %
Watchdog : 16 %
Intelligence : 50 %
Grooming : 50 %
Popularity : 100 %
Adaptability : 50 %
Hypoallergenic : No
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Overview

The bulldog of today has came a long way from it's bull baiting ancestors. English bulldogs today have become compact and are a lot less mobile as past bulldogs. A short walk and a lazy day on the couch is the ideal for this breed. The bulldog is distinctive and is extremely recognizable. The bulldog is a big package in a short body, and best known for it's compacted face. It's tons of wrinkles also help dignify this breed from others. Bulldogs are starting to become really popular, the American Kennel Club had the bulldog at #4 on the most popular dog breeds, the highest the breed has ever been. Many breeders have started to experience with a wide range of colors and different variations of the bulldog. It's truly crazy all the different directions the breed has gone the past couple of decades. Known for being over weight and having breathing problems the bulldog isn't the most healthy breed. Their odd body structure results in many respiratory and joint problems.

Color

The bulldog comes in: Brindle & White, Fawn, Fawn & White, Fawn Brindle & White, Gray, Brindle, Red, Red & White, Red Brindle, Red Brindle & White, White, Black, Black & Fawn, Black & White, Black Fawn & White, Black Red & White, Brindle, Bronze, Fawn & Brindle, Gray, Gray & White.

Recently there has been a lot of breeders focusing on producing strange colors of bulldogs including Merle and other variations. Be very careful when selecting these type of bulldogs as they are known to be more prone of going blind and having other life threatening conditions.

Health Problems

The bulldog is full of health concerns. It's a must to purchase a bulldog from a reputable breeder to help minimize these risks. Better be willing to spend thousands of dollars on expensive vet bills. Many bulldogs get a variety of skin conditions, cherry eye, respiratory conditions. The respiratory conditions are due to the bulldogs odd facial structure and can be fixed with surgery. Skin conditions can be minimized by keeping your bulldog clean and frequent grooming.

Exercises

The bulldog doesn't require much exercise, it is needed or this breed has the tendency of becoming obese. A bulldog will love to play and go outside, but don't expect them to be out there for hours exercising. They'd rather sleep and wait for dinner time. The bulldog is ideal for many people that aren't active and like to relax.

Origin

The bulldog has really evolved compared to his ancestors. Descending from ancient mastiff type dogs, the bulldog originated in England. This breed has been mention as early as 1500.

Bulldogs of past generations were more athletic and a lot more agile, bred to compete in bull baiting. Bull baiting was an extremely popular sport, Bull baiting was used to entertain the English people. It's a sport where a bulldog would try to latch onto a bull and pin it to the ground. Bull baiting became very popular until outlawed in 1835 after many years of controversy.

The bulldog of the bull fighting days was known to be a lot taller and heavier than the bulldog of today. They also were bred to be overally aggressive, something that has almost disappeared from the bulldog today. The best bull bait dogs were kept and bred together, resulting in a fairly aggressive dog.

It took many years ,but after selecting even tempered stock the bulldogs temperament started to improve and creating this big baby we know today.

The bulldog was recognized and started attending conformation shows in 1859, and started to become more popular from there.

In 1864 the first bulldog club was formed by R.S. Rockstro. Years after other bulldog clubs were created some still stand today.

In 1880 the bulldog was brought to the united states. The American kennel club registered it's first english bulldog in 1886. The known standard for this breed was finally put into place in 1896, the same standard used today.

Fast forward to the 1940's and the bulldog reached one of the top ten breeds in popularity and is rising every year. The bulldog is a perfect example of selective breeding creating a level tempered loving companion. That worldly known for it's big slobbering head, and it's even bigger loving heart.
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