Bulldogs are known as the natural symbol of Great Britain and the mascot of the US Marines, Yale University and the University of Georgia. The Bulldog name is derived from the days when this dog was used in connection with bull-baiting in which trained bulldogs attacked and killed tied-up bulls for sport. The modern bulldog has had most of those aggressive tendencies bred out of him. At the same time, he is very courageous without being vicious. He is an excellent guard dog.
Bulldog may be described as a big dog with a wrinkled face and short legs. Yet, surprisingly, this defiant and stubborn dog makes a very loyal, good natured family pet that loves companionship. Contrary to classic cartoon parodies that depicted the bulldog as ferocious and wearing a spiked dog collar, the bulldog is not a vicious dog breed and gets along well with both humans (including children) and other dog breeds.
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Utilization: Companion Dog
FCI Classification: Group 2 - Pinschers, Schnauzers, Molossoid breeds, Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and other breeds; Section 2.1 - Molossoid breeds, Mastiff Type; AKC Classification: Non-Sporting Group
Size: Medium 912-14 inches at shoulders)
Colors: Brindle, red of various shades, fawn, fallow, white and pied (combination of white with any of the foregoing colors)
Litter Size: 5
Life Span: 8-10 years
Grooming Requirements: Regular brushing with a rough cloth or curry brush. Clean wrinkles on face regularly.
Personality: Alert, bold, loyal, dependable, courageous, fierce in appearance, but of affectionate nature.
Social skills: Bulldogs are generally good with other animals. Early socialization is recommended.
Suitability for Children: Loving and patient with children, although they will not play with them for hours.
Exercise Needs: Quite content as a coach potato; quite sensitive to hot weather.
Train Ability: Can be very stubborn and sensitive to stern discipline. They will let you know when they are ready for obedience training.
Health & Behavioral Issues: Elbow and knee dislocation, metabolic liver defect and skin allergies. Most puppies are delivered by caesarian section and males are often unable to mate.