ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Fashion and Beauty»
  • Body Art, Tattoos & Piercing

Bulldog Tattoos And Designs-Bulldog Tattoo Meanings And Ideas- Facts About the Bulldog

Updated on September 1, 2012
thelyricwriter profile image

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Click thumbnail to view full-size


The bulldog is a popular breed of dogs that have origins that date back to England. There are a variety of bulldog species, most commonly the English Bulldog. Other members of the species include the American Bulldog, French Bulldog, and the Australian Bulldog. The bulldog tattoo may be chosen for a variety of different reasons. From England to the United States Marines, the bulldog has been a symbol of several things throughout history. Bulldog tattoos are worn by men and women, but more commonly seen on men.

Bulldog tattoos are commonly chosen by men and women wishing to represent their English pride and heritage. Bulldog tattoos in this case usually sport the England flag or other symbols tied to England. Since the bulldog originally was bred in England, it has become a symbol of the English. The bulldog is also a symbol of the United States Marine Corps. During battles in World War I, Germans referred to the United States Marine as "devil dogs." The Marines relished on the symbolism and began using the bulldog in recruiting ads for the USMC. The bulldog tattoo is a common choice for US Marines. The USMC bulldog is one of the most recognized symbols in the military.

Click thumbnail to view full-size


Besides England and the USMC, the bulldog tattoo can represent several other meanings. The bulldog tattoo can be used to symbolize any of the meanings below. Remember, in the end, your bulldog tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. With saying that, below are the meanings that may be applied to your bulldog tattoo.

  • Patience
  • Family
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Toughness
  • Determination

Click thumbnail to view full-size


One great thing about bulldog tattoo designs is the fact that they can be done in a variety of different ways.You could go for the look of the English bulldog or perhaps you like the look of the American Bulldog. Bulldog tattoos can be done to portray a realistic bulldog or a cartoon bulldog. Although cartoon tattoos are not popular, the bulldog cartoon tattoo doesn't look that bad compared to other cartoon tattoos. Bulldog cartoon tattoo designs often portray the bulldog to look tough without fear.

Bulldog tattoos can be designed with any symbol or element that is associated to the bulldog. Some bulldog tattoos may portray a bull with the bulldog. The bulldog actually received its name from an old sport called "bull baiting." Bull baiting was basically a gambling game. The object of the game was for the bulldog to bite the nose of the bull and take the bull down. The first bulldog to do so would win. This game took place in the mid-1800s.

Bulldog tattoo designs often include symbols and elements of England. In such cases, the bulldog may be portrayed with flags associated with England or even a coat of arms symbols. Bulldog tattoo designs portraying the USMC may include the American flag, ranks, class, or even guns.

Bulldog owners or breeders that adore these beautiful dogs may also consider a bulldog tattoo. They are sometimes the type to get a prized bulldog tattooed on them. You may have a special bulldog that has been there for you during hard times. Bulldog tattoo designs that portray your own bulldog can be very stunning and meaningful. If your considering this route, do make sure to take the right photo. Also, make sure you all take the time to view all the different bulldog tattoo designs in this article. This will give you an idea of the bulldog tattoos that are available on the market. Plus, you can pick up ideas and inspiration for your own bulldog tattoo.

Click thumbnail to view full-size


The bulldog is also a common symbol for a variety of sports teams. The bulldog is a symbol of the Citadel, University of Georgia, Fresno State, Georgetown, and Yale. In total, there are over 30 different universities that use the bulldog as a symbol of their school. If you go to one of these schools or your a college fan, you may consider such bulldog tattoos. This just shows how popular the bulldog symbol actually is. The bulldog is used to symbolize sport teams all around the world.

Before you get your bulldog tattoo or any tattoo, there are some important things that you need to remember. Make sure you take the time to research the tattoo that you want. Be sure to completely understand what your tattoo represent and stands for. Don't rush to get inked! Men and women that rush to get tattooed on an impulse usually regret their tattoo later in life. If you are not completely sure, give it time. If you feel that the bulldog tattoo isn't for you or you want to view more dog tattoos, just follow the links below. Thanks for your visit.

Click thumbnail to view full-size


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • thelyricwriter profile image

      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia










      Appreciate all of you for stopping by and commenting. I don't know KJ. I am going for a complete series. I still have 50 or so in mind, plus probably many more. I plan to mix other things up and starting on my dreams again so I don't know just yet. For now, forward.

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These are nice. I love bulldogs and actually have a bulldog nephew. He is my human nephew's dog and id hilarious. Thanks for this Hub. It is fun and interesting.

    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It's interesting that while many of these tattoos look fierce, a lot of them portray bulldogs as cute and sometimes comical. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Awesome tattoos. Voted up.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That was some good info to know on the US Marine history, Ricky. English symbol, U of Georgia mascot, bull-baiting, all of it. There was, is rather, a special breed called a Georgia Tiger dog I'd love to see a tat of sometime. Dig how you always remind folk not to rush in to a tat- bravo my friend. Up use n inter!

    • kashmir56 profile image

      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend great hub on Bulldog tattoos, they all looked so beautiful in the photos .

      Well done and vote up and more !!!

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Interesting facts Ricky, I think the bulldog is a perfect symbol for the marines. The tattoos are awesome

      Voting up and more

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      These are amusing, especially the bulldog in sports photos. What a cute way to make these lovable dogs stand out.

    • kj force profile image

      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      thelyricwriter...You finally did it...This hub was a " DOG " are broadening my level of knowledge with your information...nice pics though and thanks to you I have subjects for conversation for the next dinner party I attend..

      nice long do you think you can continue ? enjoy your week-end

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can hear the Beatles singing "Hey Bulldog" as I read this. Very interesting as always. Good job my friend!