General English Bulldog Information
The perfect English Bulldog has the following characteristics: medium in size, a smooth coat, heavy, thick-set, low-solid body. They should have a massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and strong limbs. They are an ideal pet due to the fact that they love to be in the company of their family. They are great around children and make an excellent companion because of their gentle nature. English Bulldogs are laid-back, good natured and undemanding companions which would make great pets for the elderly .Contrary to popular belief they do not drool, but may snore.
Height & Weight:Height: 12-16 inches
Weight 45-65 lbs.
Most males will weigh in the 55-65 pound range, females 45-50 pounds.
Temperament:Affectionate, docile, reliable.
English Bulldogs Care & Training:They have a smooth, fine, short-haired coat which is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush occasionally, and bathe only when necessary. Wipe their face with a damp cloth often to clean inside the wrinkles. They are an average shedder.
English Bulldogs require minimal exercise. Care should be taken not to over feed as they do not care for exercise. Take special care to powder their folds and wrinkles and under their tails during hot weather. They should not be over exerted in hot weather. They CANNOT swim! Becareful with English Bulldogs around water.
Activity:Indoors very low, outdoor low.
Indoor and Outdoor arrangement in a tepid climate. English Bulldogs do not do well in extreme weather conditions. They do fine in tighter living conditions, hence they are a good choice for those living in apartments or houses with no yards.
English Bulldog Health:English Bulldogs can be prone to some health problems such as cherry eye, skin disorders, and hip dysplasia. However, do not let this deter you from becoming an owner, many English Bulldogs go through life with no health concerns at all. They can overheat very easily so extra precaution should be taken during hot weather. They also chill easily and should be considered an indoor dog.
Origins:Before the sport of bull-baiting was banned in England in 1835, English bulldogs were known for their ferocity. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the expression, “take a bull by the horns” can be traced to this event that Britons loved to watch. Bulldogs were used to bait the bull, and this is why this particular breed is known for its stocky, heavy set appearance, conveying the impression of strength. The Bull Dog was used to catch a bull by the nose and hold the bull on the ground. The Bulldog's body shape gave him the ability through agility and leverage to sway as the bull tossed the dog back and forth. The skin folds around the bulldogs neck protected it and kept the blood out of its eyes. Their wide, short nose allowed the bulldog to breathe as it clung to the bull. Short stocky legs gave the bulldog a sturdy stance, enabling it to get under the bull's horns. The Bulldog was selectively bred, and is a very recognizable breed. Their origins are believed to come from the Alaunts and Pugnaces of ancient England, the Mastiff, and the Pug. Traditionally, Bulldogs were used in the contests of bull baiting, but they did not typically fight with other dogs. Bulldogs have always been extremely loyal, no matter how badly they were mistreated. The English bulldog as a distinct breed was officially recognized by the British Kennel Association in 1873, but today's modern version hardly resembles the original English bulldog nurtured in an atmosphere of fights and gladiators. The ferocity of those fighting days has been eliminated by breeders over the years.