18 Oct A GUIDE TO BULLDOGS
A Guide to Bulldogs
When someone says “Bulldog,” the first thing that comes to mind is undoubtedly English Bulldogs (also known as British bulldogs). They are a mid-sized dog weighing 40–50 pounds with robust, short limbs and a broad, blocky torso. They’re chubby females and males. Their prominent underbite is a defining feature, and the puppies occasionally “Hang a Fang.”
They’re also recognized for their wrinkled face, overhanging skin, and nose rope. English Bulldogs have broad shoulders and squat low to the ground, two traits that helped them in sport baiting challenges of the past.
ALL ABOUT BULLDOGS
You shouldn’t mistake an English Bulldog for any of the other bulldog breeds. The French Bulldog is smaller than the English Bulldog and has bat-like ears, and while the American Bulldog is an active all-purpose working dog with longer legs and a slimmer frame ideal for guarding hunting or farming. The Olde English Bulldog is the least prevalent bulldog breed, consisting of a bigger, more muscular combination of English bulldogs, Pit Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, and Bull Mastiffs.
The disposition of a bulldog is considerably more pleasant and humorous than he appears. Bulldogs are highly family and kid-friendly, despite their formidable appearance.
They are incredibly charming if socialized early; otherwise, they can become territorial and uncontrollable with other dogs and animals. While typically obedient with people, they can become protective with strangers if not favorably acclimated to everyday life’s regular comings and goings.
Bulldog puppies must be exposed to a wide range of people, animals, and children to develop their socialization manners. They all have their unique quirky ways that make them so darn lovable. Bulldogs aren’t generally aggressive but can develop aggressiveness if you spoil them and allow them forget that they are dogs. They can be stubborn and a bit obstinate and may sometimes completely ignore what you’re trying to get them to do. But don’t confuse this as him not being smart. He is probably just working you because he CAN! Bulldogs are much smarter than they are given credit.
Bulldogs are a laid-back breed that loves to spend their time indoors. Because of their low energy level, they can live comfortably in an apartment. They typically want to be next to their human all the time. They don’t require a large yard to run around and exercise in since they tire out after 10 minutes of play and need a nap. The Bulldog adores children and is willing to put up with all the yanking, tugging, and commotion that comes with kids. If socialized properly they typically don’t express anger; if they’re disturbed, they’ll generally just walk away.
This breed doesn’t bark a lot, and they are excellent watchdogs. Meaning you can stand back and “watch the dog” sleep. However their snoring has been known to ward off an intruder.
They are also known for their bravery, and they will always protect their loved ones. Bulldogs like to spend their days lying on the couch or cramming themselves onto your lap (yes, even at 50 pounds). Bulldogs are considered a brachycephalic breed. This means “short headed”. They have short broad heads and a flat face, causing breathing difficulty. These genetic traits and the shape of their head, muzzle and throat limits their tolerance to exercise and heat. Although you may meet a particular Bulldog thats a good swimmer, it certainly is not the norm and sadly many drown yearly. Because of their large heads, lack of cardiovascular and muscular bodies, they are generally terrible swimmers and should be constantly monitored around water and always wear a life jacket to avoid drowning.
CARING FOR A BULLDOG
Because a bulldog’s coat is fine and short, it needs only to be brushed once a week. You’ll discover less hair on your furnishings and clothing if you brush frequently. Brushing is less crucial than keeping his eyes, wiped out and face clean—with so many wrinkles; but do not clean his wrinkles regularly as many breeders recommend or they will become irritated and infected. Over cleaning removes the good bacteria and bad bacteria can take over causing unwanted problems. Once a month or so, trim his nails until you can’t hear him click-clacking on the floor. Also, brushing his teeth weekly or daily will help you avoid unnecessary vet appointments in the future.
While the Bulldog dislikes exercise, he must maintain a healthy weight since he is vulnerable to gaining weight.
A short stroll around the neighborhood in the cool weather, as well as a brief play session, will exhaust him. He’d instead rather be snuggling with his friends or napping with you in the air conditioning. You can read on our FAQ page about Bulldog food recommendations.
TYPES OF BULLDOGS
The English Bulldog
Bulldogs are sometimes known as English Bulldogs, British Bulldogs, or simply “bulldogs.” The Bulldog evolved into a shorter form of its predecessors after the brutal pastime of bullbaiting was prohibited in England. This became the anticipated look in the show ring.
The French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is thought to have been created in France by crossing toy bulldogs from England (already extinct) that were carried over to France by British textile workers. These mini bulldogs were mixed with other unidentified breeds, which may have led to the French Bulldog’s distinctive “bat ear,” a feature not found in English Bulldogs.
The American Bulldog
The working-style Bulldog was mainly replaced with shorter, less athletic versions and resembled the English Bulldog we know today when the harsh pastime of bullbaiting was prohibited in England.
The Initial Cost of Purchasing an English Bulldog
It’s difficult to estimate the cost of a well-bred bully. The average cost of an English Bulldog can be more than one may expect. The fact that English Bulldogs must be c-sectioned and artificially inseminated at the perfect time, is a significant cost to breeders. A reputable English Bulldog breeder spares no expense when caring for their Bulldogs. Not just any veterinarian is qualified to perform surgery on English Bulldogs. They require a Bulldog specialist, someone that has vast experience in the caring for brachiocephalic dogs. This experience does not come cheap as many English bulldogs die under anesthetic because of veterinary error and lack of experience. The expense of breeding bulldogs can quickly increase when combined with repeated trips to the veterinarian during the mother’s pregnancy, and often times unexpected complications resulting in a greater purchasing price for the end-buyer.
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When you select BigBulldogs.com, you have access to our decades of knowledge as well as the combined expertise of our Bulldog veterinarians. To avoid apparent genetic problems in future children, we examine all our parents and only pick the best quality for breeding.An expert representative will be available to answer your questions and lead you in the correct direction through your dog’s lifetime.
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