The English Bulldog is a wide, medium-sized, compact dog with short legs. The body and head are massive with extra skin on both the skull and forehead falling in folds. The cheeks extend to the sides of the eyes.
This breed have wide, short muzzles and a broad black nose with large nostrils. Their eyes are deep set and have small rose ears set high on the head. Their jaws are massive, very broad, and square with hanging upper lips and an underbite.
The Bulldog tail is either straight or screwed. Their short coats are smooth and glossy. Coat colors include red brindle and other shades of brindle, solid white, solid red, fawn, fallow, piebald, pale yellow or washed-out red or white or a combination of these colors. They are commonly, and lovingly, referred to as “Bullies”.
The English Bulldog originated in the British Isles, descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff. The dog was given the name “bull” because of its use in bull baiting and for its robust look of a little bull. They were aggressive, ferocious, and courageous with the power to attack full grown bulls, which they did in arena combat before the practice was banned by law in the 19th century.
Bulldog’s today have a very different temperament from those of their ancestors, but still retain a sense of strong determination (stubbornness). Although their appearance can be somewhat intimidating, they’re among the gentlest of dogs. Just the same they will see off any intruders.
They’re affectionate and dependable, gentle with children, but known for their curate and excellent guarding abilities. Bullheaded and determined, they can be very persistent. Bulldogs will not give up easily. They can snore loudly, most have drool and slobber tendencies, and are usually messy eaters. Also, it has been said bulldogs are the most relentless farters in the canine world.
A lot of human attention is required for the breed’s happiness. Bulldogs are very much a people’s dog, seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!!
- Height: 12 – 16 inches
- Weight: Males 53 – 55 pounds / Females 49 – 51 pounds
- Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
- Grooming: Low maintenance
Care & Health
Bullies are good for apartment life. They are very inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. They are indoor dogs only. Bulldogs do best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather. Bulldogs must be given plenty of shade and water, and must be kept out of heat. Air conditioning and good ventilation is required to keep them healthy and safe.
If not properly exercised it is possible for a Bulldog to become overweight, which could lead to heart, lung problems, as well as excess stress on the joints. They need to be taken on a daily walk.
Your Love Match
The perfect pet parent of an English Bulldog:
- Willing to give time and attention
- Accepting of slobber