Bulldog

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The Bulldog has a recognizable short snout and friendly personality. They have a low demand for exercise.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 0in - 1ft 3in
Weight: 40-50lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount2/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need2/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance1/5
  • Heat Tolerance1/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Bulldog Information

Quickly rising in the ranks of the most selected dogs, the Bulldog is becoming quite the popular choice for new dog owners. The Bulldog’s face is easily recognizable with a large, pushed-in face, turned-up nose, and loose skin. Their body is strong and muscular with a stocky shape.

It is believed that the Bulldog originated in the British Isles. “Bull” was added for the breed’s use in bull baiting, a cruel practice that has thankfully been discontinued.

People today choose the Bulldog for his cute, wrinkly face and easy-going, friendly nature. Of course, it also helps that they don’t require much exercise.

Bulldog History

The Bulldog has been known in England since at least around the early 1600s. The breed’s name comes from the practice of bull-baiting, which was a gambling & sporting event where bets were placed on dogs attempting to grab a bull by its nose to pin it down. This practice was eventually seen as an act of animal cruelty and outlawed.

After the Bulldog was no longer used in this sport, its breeding changed to become more of a pet. As a result, losing some of its original aggressiveness and its physical abilities.

Bulldog Training & Temperament

Bulldogs are friendly and happy to please their owner. However, they do best with early training and socialization. Training them to allow their food to be taken away when young so they don’t become overly aggressive about it is a good idea. They love chewing on things & playing tug of war, but it’s helpful to train them with a command to release the toy, such as “give.”

Bulldog breed photo

Bulldog Exercise

Bulldogs are a relatively low-energy breed. It’s a good idea to take them on short walks to help maintain their healthy weight. When it’s very hot out, it’s best to keep them indoors or prevent overexerting as they can have breathing issues. Be careful around water as their short legs only do well in shallow areas.

Bulldog Grooming

Bulldogs should be brushed occasionally to maintain their coat and control shedding. They can have issues if their face wrinkles aren’t checked & cleaned. As with all dogs, it’s best to check & clean their ears when needed and cut their nails.

Bulldog Health

Bulldogs do not do well in heat or extreme exertion because of their short face. Therefore, it’s essential to make they have enough water and aren’t left in the heat or a car during warm months. When overheated, their panting tongue can hang lower and look more blue than usual. If this happens, cool water and ice can help.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldog, https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/bulldog/

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Breed FAQs

Can Bulldogs be apartment dogs?

The Bulldogs does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Bulldogs be left alone?

While Bulldogs prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Bulldogs good with kids?

Bulldogs can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Bulldogs friendly with strangers?

Bulldogs love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do Bulldogs get along with other dogs?

Although Bulldogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Bulldogs bark a lot?

A Bulldog will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Bulldogs shed a lot?

Bulldogs shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Bulldogs need a lot of grooming?

Although Bulldogs require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Bulldogs need a lot of exercise?

Bulldogs don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Bulldogs easy to train?

Although Bulldogs can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Bulldogs handle cold weather?

Expect Bulldogs to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.

Can Bulldogs handle hot weather?

It's best not to have a Bulldog in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.

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