Dog Profiles - Description of English Bulldog

English Bulldog

Description: Known as the national symbol of Great Britain. The characteristics of a perfect Bulldog are; medium size, smooth coat, heavy, thick-set, low-swung body, massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. An ideal pet as he loves to be in the company of his family. He adores children and makes an excellent companion to them because of his gentle, sometimes stubborn nature. He is a laid-back, loyal good natured and undemanding companion who would make a great companion for the elderly who do not want to feel guilty for not walking him or the "couch potato" family. Contrary to popular belief, he does not drool, but he may snore.

Height: 12-14 inches

Weight: 50-55 lbs.

Colors: Uniform color or with a black mask or muzzle; reds, red brindle, piebald; black undesirable.

Coat: Short, smooth and close, finely textured.

Temperament: Affectionate, docile, reliable. Wonderful with children, loves a low-key romp with the kids in the backyard. Good with other pets, but may get aggressive towards other animals when food is present. Very poor watch-dog. Very good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Regular brushing with a rough cloth and minimal exercise. Care should be taken not to over feed as he would prefer not to take any exercise. Special care to powder his fold and wrinkles and under his tail during hot weather. Should not be over exerted in hot weather. He does not make a good dog for the obedience enthusiast.

Training: Learning Rate: Low. Intelligent, but uncomplicated.

Activity: Indoors very low, outdoor low.

Living Environment: Indoor - outdoor arrangement in a temperate climate. Does not do well in extreme weather conditions.

Health Issues: Overheating, itchy skin, difficulty breathing. Many puppies are born Caesarean section.

Life Span: 8-10 Years

Litter Size: 4

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: His roots are firmly planted in British soil being mentioned in many written works in history. Shakespeare refers the breed in King Henry, VI. He has been used as a butcher's dog to help control oxen, as a guard, as a hunting dog, and for the sport of baiting. He would take on opponents such as bulls, bears, badgers and even other dogs in the ring. Now breeders concentrate on developing his non-ferocious traits. He is now a popular show dog around the world.

Registration: ACA, AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 2), KC(GB)