A Bulldog is much more than a pair of sad eyes
and droopy jaws, but this dog's appearance is a major
reason for its popularity. The other reason these dogs are
so popular is that they have a sweet and gentle
This breed was originally created to help butchers slaughter
bulls. Some people used the tenacious nature of the Bulldog to
turn their dogs into bull baiters. When this ugly sport was
outlawed, people that loved the breed began breeding only the
sweetest dogs. Today, these dogs are sociable, friendly
The Bulldog is a medium sized dog, but
is still very powerful. These dogs weigh 40 to 50 pounds and
stand 12 to 16 inches high. A Bulldog has a squat body, a flat
forehead, and large jaws. This breed has dark, gentle eyes.
Some Bulldogs have corkscrew tails, but they can also have
The American Kennel Club classifies this breed as a member
of the Non-Sporting Group. These odd looking dogs have one
purpose, to be devoted companions. Luckily, they are well
suited to their role.
Bulldogs are the ideal pets for apartment owners. They are
very low energy and do not need to spend a lot of time
exercising. Of course, they still enjoy taking a leisurely
evening walk with their owners.
Of course, like any breed, the Bulldog does have a few
flaws. When you live with a Bulldog, you may feel as though you
are living in a frat house, since this breed will snore, drool,
and pass gas frequently. Sometimes, one of these normally sweet
natured dogs will bully other dogs, especially if there is food
Despite their size, Bulldogs can be quite powerful. Because
of this, it will be much easier for you to start training your
dog as a puppy. Luckily, these dogs are eager to please their
owners, although they are not always quick learners. In fact,
some Bulldogs cannot understand even the simplest commands
until they are six months old.
A Bulldog has a bit of a reputation as a chow hound. This
breed likes to eat. However, you will need to be sure that you
do not let your Bulldog overeat, since obesity can lead to
serious health problems. Other health problems these charmers
face are allergies, hip dysplasia, eye problems, and breathing
Bulldog owners need to be especially careful to keep their
dogs out of the sun. These dogs can overheat easily, which can
prove fatal. Also, since this breed is prone to breathing
problems, Bulldogs should never be walked using a choke collar.
A harness will help you prevent their already small tracheas
from being damaged.
With their short coats, Bulldogs need very little grooming.
However, the wrinkles on their face require careful cleaning.
If you do not keep your Bulldog's wrinkles clean, he could
develop skin infections, not to mention a nasty odor.
If you want a loving family pet and can overlook the fact
that your little guy is a bit odoriferous, then a Bulldog may
just be the right breed for you.