ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bulldog Dog Breed - The Gentle Bull Baiter

Updated on January 29, 2015

Growing up the Bulldog was always my favorite dog. My mother would say they have an ugly face but I did not see it that way. I thought that their pushed in nose face, the powerful look of their body and the way they walked was attractive to me. I never did get a Bulldog, probably because other members of my household had other preferences. We all know that the man is really not the king of his castle, although we would like to think we are. Bulldogs have an easy-going disposition, are lovable and has an attractive strong appearance. They make awesome family pets and form strong bonds with children.

What is your favorite Bulldog color?

See results

Mascot Favorite


Bulldog Fun Facts

  • Celebrity Pink had a Bulldog named Elvis that she got from Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis drowned in her pool.
  • Howard Stern owns a Bulldog with his wife Beth who jumped into a pool to save their Bulldog Bianca from drowning.
  • Comedian and actor Adam Sandler has owned 3 Bulldogs.
  • Truman Capote had a Bulldog named Maggie.
  • Actor Brad Pitt, singer Gloria Estefan, actress Olivia Wilde, musician Pete Wentz, singer John Legend, actor Dave Annable, singer Chris Brown, swimmer Michael Phelps, singer Joe Jonas all own Bulldogs.
  • Ozzy Osbourne had a Bulldog named Lola who would co-star on the reality series "The Osbournes".
  • The Bulldog is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Approximately 40 universities in the United States use a Bulldog as their mascot. The most popular is Uga, the mascot of the University of Georgia. There has been 8 Ugas since 1956.
  • Bulldogs are often used to represent England or the United Kingdom.
  • Some rare colors are chocolate, blue and lilac which are really faded black variations.
  • President Harding owned a Bulldog for a short time while in the White House.
  • Bulldogs are not well-suited for water.
  • Life span is 8-12 years.

Bull Baiting



Bulldogs have an interesting history. Most people probably don't know why they're called BULLdogs. The "bull" designation was because Bulldogs competed in a sport called bull-baiting. In England, bull-baiting was a popular sport where dogs would attempt to grab a bull by the nose and pin it down to the ground. As you can imagine a bull far outweighs a dog and as a result many dogs would get injured or killed at such events. Does anybody think that this sport would exist today? In New York during the 1600's there was a citywide effort to round-up the bulls because they were dangerous. Bulldogs would corner and grab bulls long enough for a person to secure a rope around the bull. Thank you to the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835, bull-baiting became illegal after reaching a height of popularity in the early 1800's.

You might be thinking, how did bulldogs grab bulls? They're not tall, fast and have a short muzzle. The original English Bulldog was taller, faster and had a longer muzzle. Today's Bulldog got that way because they were cross-bred with a Pug. The result was a shorter, wider body and a short pushed in muzzle. Today's Bulldog may look like they can slay a bull but they are not built for that job anymore.

The Bulldog Club in England formed in 1878 and met in London. The American Kennel Club formed in 1886.


Bulldogs have awesome personalities. Breeders over the years have worked hard to remove any vicious or aggressive behavior. They get along well with children, other dogs and animals. A Bulldog would rather be a lap dog then run around and do other activities. Their temperament is good, easy-going, friendly and patient. They become so attached to their family and home that it is rare for a Bulldog to venture out on their own and escape the yard.

Stanley Coren's, The Intelligence of Dogs, has the Bulldog ranked as #77 for intelligence. Unfortunately for the Bulldog this is a very poor showing. Coren noted that dogs rated 70-79 had the lowest degree of working and obedience intelligence. During initial training these ranked dogs need many repetitions before they show what's expected of them. Once their learning is achieved, many practice sessions have to follow otherwise the training will evaporate.

I feel that Bulldogs make up for their so-called lack of intelligence with their lovable personality. I would rather have an easy-going friendly dog that is difficult to train than a smart dog who is not so friendly or easy-going. Please keep in mind that Coren's results is a general guide in understanding various breeds and does not label any dog as smart or not. Even a ranking of #77 does not mean that a breed is stupid.

Bulldogs are not known as an athlete and would rather cuddle up with you on the couch to take in a good movie.



A Bulldog has various colors. They are brindle, solid, fawn, red or fallow, piebald (spotted) and solid white or black. There are fawn and white, brindle and white, black and white.

How Cute Is This Puppy?


Size, Shape and Appearance

A Bulldog weight is about 50 pounds for a male and 40 pounds for a female. They are thick, medium size, smooth coat, short-faced head, wide shoulders and strong limbs. The height is usually about 12-16" tall. Most of the females and males are the same height.

A Bulldog's head is large, broad and square. Their face is extremely short with a muzzle that is short, broad and turned up. The nose is large, broad, black and set back in between the eyes. Their chops are broad and completely overhang the lower jaw. A Bulldog's neck is short, thick, strong and arched at the back. Their ears should never be cropped, set high on the head, small and thin and fold over showing part of the inside.

Their bodies seem low, broad with a short-legged look. The chest is broad, full and deep. A Bulldog's back is short, strong, broad at the shoulders and narrower at the rear. Their tail is short, straight or screwed. A Bulldog's shoulders are muscular, broad and have great power and stability. The front legs are short, muscular and set wide apart. Their rear legs are longer than the fronts and muscular and strong. The feet are moderately sized and compact.

There are a lot of muscles on a Bulldog, I think that is why I was so attracted to them as a child.

Lets Get Some Exercise


Skin and Coat

Their skin has heavy wrinkles on the face, head, throat and shoulders. It is soft and loose especially in the wrinkled areas.

A Bulldog's coat is short, fine, straight, smooth and glossy. Many people think that a short-haired dog does not need much grooming but that is not true. Minus the long hair problems Bulldogs still need routine brushing and bathing. The wrinkles need extra attention, checked and cleaned in the folds.


The leading cause of death is cardiac related, cancer and then old age. Some common ailments are respiratory, cherry eye, allergies and hip issues in older dogs.

All dogs must exercise so get that mascot of yours moving around. If not exercised then it's possible to become overweight.

It's hard for Bulldogs to keep their bodies cool because they have small nasal cavities. During your exercise and everyday living make sure that your Bulldog does not get overheated, has plenty of shade and not too much sun.

Judging by the amount of celebrities that have Bulldogs and their #5 ranking it's obvious that they are very popular and stylish to have at your side. When you add their companionship and family friendly personality it's hard not to like a Bulldog. I'm sure you have some interesting stories to tell about your dog. Feel free to add a short story to the comment section below, I would love to hear them.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Joseph Garea profile imageAUTHOR

      Joseph Garea 

      3 years ago from New York

      Hi peachpurple,

      I don't know why, it's the complete opposite.

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you know according to chinese this dogs are consider a big bully, i don't know why


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)