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Bulldog Dog Breed - The Gentle Bull Baiter

Updated on January 29, 2015
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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.

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Mascot Favorite

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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

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History

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.

Personality

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.

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Colors

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.


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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.

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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.

Health

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.

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    • Joseph Garea profile image
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      Joseph Garea 2 years ago from New York

      Hi peachpurple,

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

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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