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English Bulldog, British Bulldog
Males 50-55 cm
Females 50-53 cm
Males 25 kg
Females 23 kg
Tiger (barely visible tiger stripes effect), mottled, monochromatic red, pale, or white
Pinschers and Schnauzers, Molossers, Mountain Dogs and Swiss Cattle Dogs
Watchdogs, apartment dogs
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The English Bulldog is descended from the Old English bulldog, which appeared in England in the 13th century. At that time, dogs were used for hunting animals. The most common use of dogs was in baiting bulls. English bulldogs, in this case, were indispensable; they efficiently managed to defeat the opponent.
After the law prohibited the poisoning of animals, it became unprofitable to keep bulldogs. Some of the dogs were sent to the English colonies, some to America, and only a small number were left in their homeland.
Thanks to several specialists, it was possible to transform the dog from an aggressive and vicious animal slayer into a lovable pet. The first representatives of the new standard breed were Crib and Rose. In 1864, the first Bulldog Club was formed, and soon the species was also approved by the FCI (International Canine Federation).
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The English Bulldog is a compact short, short-haired companion and guard. The dog’s head is large but proportional to its body size, its muzzle is broad, and its jaw is massive. The Bulldog’s paws are very muscular, with the front ones being slightly shorter than the back.
The eyes should be very dark, wide-set. The tail of the dog is short. The appearance resembles two squares – the head’s shape forms one yard, the other is between the front paws and the torso.
Usually, the height of males is 50-55 cm, the height of bitches is about 50-53 cm. The ideal weight of males is 25 kg, and females a little less – 23 kg.
The Bulldog’s coat is short, very tight to the body, straight. Color can be different types: stable red, white, brown-yellow, a tiger with white, and a monochromatic color with a dark mask on the muzzle. No undercoat.
English bulldogs are perfect and affectionate, beautiful pets, get along well with children and other animals. A mean and intimidating appearance is deceptive because the English Bulldog is a real sweetheart.
It can be considered a universal breed of dog because they are perfectly acclimated to large families, families with small children, make up the company of the elderly, and can be a great companion for people who live on their own.
The Bulldog requires a lot of attention and can show funny facial expressions to be given more time. Despite their excellent temperament, there is still inherent anger toward strangers. They may bark and growl at strangers or strange dogs.
Adult bulldogs are not too fond of actively spending time, but bulldog puppies cannot sit in one place; they require many active games.
The English Bulldog is perfect for living in an apartment because the best pastime is to lie at the feet of the owner and rest. The Bulldog does not need much exercise; they do not like to walk often and a lot.
The coat is not hard; you need to regularly wash the coat between the folds because dirt can collect there, and bacteria can develop. The main point of care is that bulldogs have a hard time with heat, and you should always take care that the dog has free access to water.
It is recommended to add ice cubes to a separate bowl. Be careful that the Bulldog is not exposed to a draft.
When giving birth, it is recommended to see a doctor because it is difficult for bulldogs to give birth independently. The peculiarity of bulldogs is the ability to shed some hair under stressful circumstances. Therefore, you should be prepared that if the dog gets scared, the layer of hair will fall off.
English bulldogs are very stubborn, so it is not easy to train them. It requires patience and a lot of time. They are brilliant and have a good memory, but they don’t show much interest in learning.
First of all, the Bulldog will do the commands he likes, not those the owner demands. They should be praised, petted, and motivated by something tasty for their excellent learning progress.
With proper bulldog care, all diseases can be avoided. They can often have musculoskeletal problems, various sprains, and injuries and are also prone to overeating, leading to obesity.
You need to feed twice a day, morning and evening. It is easiest to provide a bulldog with high-quality food. And be sure to watch the diet. If you choose to feed natural food, the diet should be thought out together with the doctor.