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British Bulldog

Over the years the original old English Bulldog was bred with the Pug.

Everything you need to know about the British Bulldog

  • Tenacious, loyal, loving and patient
  • Great around children and other pets
  • Require close care and attention

Origins

Bulldogs were once archetypal working dogs. They were bred and trained to do a job too dangerous for their masters: herding, guarding and baiting bulls – hence the name Bulldog.

By the beginning of the 17th century Bulldogs started to be referred to as a unique breed. But their physique and temperament were very different from today’s Bulldogs. To attack and grab the snouts of bulls, Bulldogs were originally bred to be lightweight, athletic and aggressive.

When bull baiting was finally made illegal in 1835, the Bulldog breed almost died out. However groups of dedicated British Bulldog fanciers began to emerge in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield. These groups were crucial to the breed’s survival, and the transformation of both its physique and its temperament.

Personality, characteristics and temperament

Over the years the original old English Bulldog was bred with the Pug. His physique became shorter, wider, and he developed his unmistakable pushed-in nose; and gradually his personality became good-natured, patient, friendly and gregarious.

Yet Bulldogs retain some ancestral characteristics. Originally they were bred to be incredibly tenacious, and today’s Bulldogs are particularly patient: they rarely whine or bark; they cope well with prods or pokes from children; and they get along well with other dogs and pets.

Health and care

Bulldogs are said to be perpetual puppies!

Bulldogs love to chew – and not just Bulldog puppies; many keep chewing all their life. So beware. Left on their own, Bulldogs may chew on anything and can quickly cause a lot of damage. Objects that are safe to chew often become a Bulldog’s favourite toy.

Due to their respiratory anatomy (pushed in faces, enlongated soft palates, small trachea etc), Bulldogs may suffer potentially fatal breathing problems, especially on hot days. When they’re outdoors, always provide shade and plenty of water to drink. Other health problems commonly seen in this breed include hip dysplasia, eyelid anomalies, dermatitis and heart problems.

Conclusion

All dogs need care and attention particular to their breed’s health and habits. However because Bulldogs rarely complain, their owners need to be particularly vigilant about what their Bulldog needs. In fact due to the level of care Bulldogs require, many owners and breeders believe Bulldogs are not the best breeds for first-time dog owners.

Centuries of breeding have transformed the Bulldog’s famous tenacity into loving patience. He’s the perfect dog to be around kids, and other dogs and pets.

While they need to get out regularly, Bulldogs are not particularly keen on extensive exercise. In fact they’re liable to run around madly for the 15 minutes, and then collapse with their legs outstretched. So if you’re looking for a jogging partner, perhaps choose another breed.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your dog against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms. Treats
Fleas, Mites, Lice, Worms

Obesity

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Ensure your pet doesn’t get unhealthily overweight.