A dog of the Bulldog breed is a constant participant in cartoons, movies, TV shows. These animals can be seen on various advertising materials, on the emblems of sports teams – thanks to their colorful appearance and specific history, bulldogs are today one of the most recognizable dogs.
The first mention of this breed dates back to 1500 – at that time and later, bulldogs were widely used in a bloody entertainment called bull-baiting by dogs. Now it seems wild to us, but in those distant years, moreover, up to the 19th century, many believed that this makes the meat of the bull more tender.
These misconceptions were extremely common, to the point that there was even a law in some areas of the UK that required butchers to poison a bull with dogs before slaughter. Based on the logic that this allegedly “thinns the blood” – complete heresy, of course. The truth is that the Bulldogs fought the bulls extremely effectively, grabbing them by the neck and biting through the artery.
At first, the bull fiercely resisted, but gradually his strength left him. However, if the dog did not have time to dodge the mighty horns, it was inevitable death. Bulldogs hunted not only bulls, but also large predators, such as bears, which was also very popular with the audience. Here it is necessary to make a reservation that the 17th century bulldog and the 21st century bulldog are different dogs, both in size and temperament.
This became possible thanks to the efforts of the 19th century breeders who decided to remake the breed. Moreover, the authorities have banned bloody entertainment. For these purposes, only obedient and docile dogs were selected, with a minimum amount of aggression. The first dog show in which the updated bulldog participated took place in 1861. And in 1864, enthusiasts created the first bulldog club in England.
The modern breed of Bulldog is small in size, stocky, prone to corpulence. The limbs are short, prominent, the body is large, muscular. The muzzle is flattened, with folds, the ears are triangular, small, hanging down the sides of the head.
Despite the fact that today’s Bulldogs are significantly different from those that were 300 years ago, they have retained their courage and pride. On the other hand, today they are very friendly, very sociable and affectionate with their family. These dogs are very fond of making new friends, meeting new people and other pets.
At first glance, it may seem that they are not very smart when it comes to training, however, this is not entirely true. Perhaps sometimes a bulldog learns new knowledge and skills for a long time, however, if he has already mastered them, this is forever. Sometimes this breed can show some stubbornness, but if you take a closer look, it will seem that they are doing it as if they are not serious. As if they were doing it for a joke or to play a kind of game with you. If you have a little patience and a good sense of humor, it will work out.
The English Bulldog has a loud enough voice, and may well be a guard dog. Although its current size does not allow it to compete on an equal footing with an adult, it will be able to raise the alarm throughout the district and will definitely try to stop the intruder. A bulldog can be quite lazy and sometimes even difficult to move while walking. Although, in fairness, we note that this is most often distinguished by older dogs that are overweight.
This breed cannot be called very active, but sometimes Bulldogs can play with pleasure some games with you, however, they do not like to run too far and too fast. First of all, they like the presence of a person – perhaps they will enjoy your company more than the very process of the game. A bulldog dog has several negative features associated with the structure of the skull – snoring and loud puffing. Also, they are prone to flatulence.
A dog of the Bulldog breed is normal about the training process, and usually there are no problems with this. However, most likely you will have to face innate laziness and stubbornness. There is no cure-all or remedy here. Only patience, kindness, and a sense of humor will help you. And also, of course, a tasty treat as a reward, as Bulldogs love to eat.
Usually, these dogs are taught basic commands, since the more commands they have learned, the more difficult it is for them to learn new ones. Moreover, bulldogs generally quite slowly consolidate the passed material. In everyday life, this will practically not bother you. In the life of every dog there is a period when the owner needs to clearly place himself in the role of a leader. The Bulldog is no exception. Thanks to their natural friendliness and open nature, you can always find a common language with these animals without resorting to emergency measures.
The Bulldog breed has short hair and needs to be brushed once a week. Always keep your pet’s ears and eyes clean, and trim the nails in time – this is done about 3 times a month. You need to bathe your dog once or twice a week. Also, keep in mind that the Bulldog has many wrinkles that need to be wiped off from time to time with a damp cloth with a suitable pH that does not dry out the skin. So you will eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent various irritations from developing.
Also, keep in mind that the English Bulldog is very sensitive to overheating and cold – do not let the dog stay in the sun for a long time and overheat, and wear a jumpsuit for a walk in winter. Another problem is overeating and obesity. Watch your diet so that your pet does not turn into a kind of bedside table.
Bulldogs have an irregular skull structure, which is why they are prone to various respiratory diseases. In addition, some animals may have pinched nostrils and may even require surgery to breathe properly. Also, the irregular head shape sometimes causes problems during childbirth, when the puppies have to be removed by caesarean section.
Here is a list of the diseases (apart from the aforementioned complications) that this breed is prone to:
- cherry eye;
- dry eye;
- inverted or reverse sneezing;
- brachycephalic syndrome;
- shaking the head – nervous shaking of the head;
- generalized demodicosis is a genetic disease;
- dysplasia of the hip joint is a hereditary disease;
- Tail Problems – Some Bulldogs have curled tails from birth or other types of “stiff” tails that can cause skin problems. You must keep your bulldog’s tail clean and dry to prevent infection;
- dislocation of the patella.
1. Bulldogs cannot swim. Their massive head, large torso and short legs limit their ability to stay above water. If you have a pool or pond, limit your bulldog’s access to it.
2. US presidents – Warren G. Harding had a house bulldog named “Oh Boy”, and Calvin Coolidge had “Boston Beans”.
3. Winston Churchill owned a bulldog named “Dodo”.
4. More than 80% of Bulldogs are born by caesarean section. Their broad shoulders and large heads make it nearly impossible to reach them naturally.
5. Bulldogs are a popular breed among celebrities. Zac Efron, David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon and Leonardo DiCaprio owned these beautiful dogs.
6. Ivy League University, Yale University, became the first in the United States to mascot the Bulldog, known throughout its history as “Handsome Dan.”
7. The University of Georgia also uses a bulldog named “Uga” as a mascot. This dog is issued a student ID, and the bulldog also watches the team’s games in an air-conditioned doghouse.
8. The English Bulldog is the mascot for the truck manufacturer Mack.
9. Bulldog is in the TOP-10 of the most popular dog breeds in Great Britain.
Did you know?
In the animated series “Tom and Jerry” one of the main roles is played by a bulldog named “Spike”.