Breed Profiles


English Bulldog

Origin

The English Bulldog originated in the British Isles. The breed was used for bull baiting and dog fighting - both extremely inhumane sports. In those days, the Bulldog was an aggressive dog and was not considered a companion animal. When dog fighting was outlawed the breed was at risk of disappearing. However, breeders came to its aid and bred most of the undesirable characteristics out of the dog to make it one of the best companion dogs around!

Appearance

General appearance of the bulldog is of a medium size with a thick, compact body. Acceptable colors in the standard include brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow, and piebald. The coat should always be straight, without any curls or a fringe which makes them a very good choice if you do not want to go through the effort of daily grooming.

Temperament

The English bulldog has a calm and friendly temperament, but can also be excitable and easily distracted. They can sometimes be considered the couch potato and risk becoming overweight. Routine exercise is beneficial, but use caution: the Bulldog can easily overheat due to its short, stubby nose and potential airway problems.

Lifespan

8-10 years

Care

Bulldog wrinkles must be kept clean and dry. Bulldogs shed more than you might think as they have short coarse hairs which stick to things!

Because of this jaw structure, English Bulldogs have a tight grip when clamping down on anything. English Bulldogs make great watchdogs, alerting its family to an approaching stranger by growling and barking, but will generally not attack. They make good family pets and enjoy being in the company of humans as well as other animals. They are generally gentle with children but can be dominating at times. For this reason, obedience training is a must, as well as an owner who is not afraid to act as the alpha of the pack, as English Bulldogs can be stubborn and difficult to train.

Health

Although in many ways they make an ideal pet, English bulldogs are susceptible to several health problems. Health problems that new owners may encounter include: an elongated soft palate, small trachea, dermatitis, hip dysplasia, and several heart problems.



 
 
 
 

Behaviour Tip

 
When a dog is presented for behaviour problems to a veterinary ethologist or accredited animal behaviourist it will usually have multiple disorders...
Apr 2011
 

ABC Booklets

   
  Useful booklets on common behavioural problems
 
 

Join the ABC

Membership of the ABC is
open to all. Various
categories of membership
exist



 

Find an Expert

We offer a list of accredited consultants in your area

Find an Expert

Find a Puppy School

Puppy school is place where you and your puppy are educated.