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