|Dog Breed Group:||Non-Sporting Dogs|
|Height:||1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder|
|Weight:||18 to 30 pounds|
|Life Expectancy:||10 to 15 years|
The Bulldog is a medium sized breed with a broad, muscular body, and a large head. Their thick legs can support its body weight, giving them the overall look of a strong dog. The tail is normally short and held low and near the body.
They have fine and glossy short coat. The Bulldog is recognised in a few distinctive coat colours, including red, white, fallow, fawn, or any of these colours mixed together. Their coat pattern includes several patterns such as piebald, brindle, black masks, ticking, and a small portion of solid black in the piebald. Although Bulldogs are found in different colours, those shades are not perceived as “standard” by the AKC.
Bulldogs are very loyal and they adore their owners. They are known for being like “clown” even with their bulky appearance, entertaining their owner for long periods. They are extraordinary with kids, and are extremely protective of the youngest members from the family. Bulldogs will enthusiastically welcome their owners after a long day, wagging their short tails energetically before happily laying down on the sofa.
The Bulldog has a deep, husky bark that is a effective deterrent to most intruders. They will warn you about potential intruders and other dangers. Since Bulldogs are so familiar with their home condition, they can protest to new changes, barking at new furnishings or things that have been moved!
Like other dogs, Bulldogs might resort to barking when they are left alone for a long time, as they might feel anxious. The Bulldog, as a sociable breed, is especially sensitive to this, as it wants to spend time with its family.
A properly socialized Bulldog seldom growl except when they feel threatened. They might groan or purr when they’re happy, but it can be confused with a growl. Due to their anatomy and the breathing difficulties, Bulldogs are loud snorers, so in case you’re a light sleeper you should think twice about having them in your bed.
The origin of the Bulldog is somewhat mysterious, with many different opinion on the breed’s beginnings. Some say the breed was made by crossingthe pug and the mastiff, while others insists it was bred from the Alaunt, an old breed of mastiff found in the 17th century. We do know that the breed started in the British Isles.
Bulldogs were utilized in the brutal sport of “bull baiting.” Bull baiting included urging dogs to assault a bull that was fastened on a short line, or put into a pit. The dogs were let out to the bull one by one until the bull was rendered immobile. Bulldogs were trained specially to grab and hold onto the bull’s nose in 16th century Britain, when the game was practiced.
Afterward, the Bulldog was used in dog fighting. After 1835, selective breeding changed the Bulldog into the flat-faced, compact dog we see now.