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English Bulldog

English Bulldog

English Bulldog

English Bulldog is a medium sized, adorable and trustworthy dog. They serve as excellent companions for kids as they can patiently tolerate the kid’s rough handling and playful prodding. They are highly courageous but not to the extent of viciousness. Though, they do not exhibit such behavior except when needed because in normal circumstances, they are usually busy lazing around.

The breed is believed to have descended from Asiatic Mastiff dog breed. This breed of dogs was originally used for the purpose of bull baiting and came to be known as English Bulldog, British Bulldog or simply Bulldog. These dogs used to be aggressive and used to attack bull in earlier times. But, in recent times, their temperament has transformed and they now serve as affectionate family pets with no hint of aggression. Though, it seems that they do have retained certain amount of stubbornness.

Physical Appearance

These compact dogs with giant heads and short muzzles may appear ugly and intimidating to some. But, the fact is that a Bulldog is actually quite an adorable creature that loves to take frequent beauty naps. They have large, deep set eyes and high set, small rose ears. These dogs are characterized by typical thick folds of skin on the brow, drooping lips and skin hanging under the neck. English Bulldogs should not be confused with the taller and Boxer-like American Bulldogs or the smaller French Bulldogs.

Color: An English Bulldog could be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald in color. Various shades or combinations of these colors are also quite common.
Height: An average English Bulldog can attain a height of 12 to 14 inches.
Weight: They usually weigh around 40 to 50 pounds.

Health Problems

The stubby nose makes the dog prone to frequent respiratory problems. In fact, this breed of dogs is often known as “brachycephalic” breed, that is, short-nosed breed. Other common health issues include hip dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Arthritis, Interdigital Cysts, Entropian, Cherry eye, Distichiasis, Mast Cell Tumors, skin infections, congenital heart problems and allergies.

They should be carefully kept away from extremely cold or hot temperature changes. The birthing process often requires Caesarian procedure as the puppies tend to have comparatively larger heads.

Life Expectancy: The average lifespan for these Bulldogs is 8 to 10 years.
Litter Size: The litter size is generally 4 or 5 puppies.

Grooming Requirements

The short and smooth coat of an English Bulldog/British Bulldog does not require hectic grooming. Their flat hair lie close to their body. The fine textured coat can be easily maintained in glossy condition by brushing it on a regular basis. The breed is considered as an average shedder.

They are relatively clean and do not require very frequent baths. Plus, the folds of skin on the face should be cleaned with a clean and damp towel or cloth on a more or less daily basis to avoid infections and conditions like facial fold dermatitis. It also helps to remove tear stains.

Temperament

English Bulldog dog breed is characterized by calm, easy going, friendly, delightful, reliable, loyal. They get along well with small children and other pets in the house. These dogs can be very tolerant and patient with kids. On the downside, these dogs could become strong willed and stubborn, hence making obedience training more of a tedious task.

They can be quite persistent and do not give up easily. So, the energy you conserved during grooming is sure to be utilized during the training sessions. These gentle yet sturdy dogs do not bark much. So, the only sounds you might associate with your English Bulldog would be that of snoring and belching. They can be laid back in their approach but their movement can be amazingly quick for short periods of time.

Key Points

An English Bulldog might look tough in appearance but is quite sweet, gentle, lazy and susceptible to many diseases. Your English Bulldog might often prefer to toddle and wobble (to grasp breath) during the walks rather than walking straight.

Still, make sure you take your doggy out for daily walks as these greedy and lazy dogs are naturally predisposed to put on extra weight. Though, be careful to keep your beloved dog in shade during the summers. As they are sensitive to extreme temperatures, temperate climates are more favorable for them. These dogs are well suited to apartment situation.

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