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English Bulldog – A dignified, friendly, and tolerant dog

English Bulldog – A dignified, friendly, and tolerant dog

english bulldogNot only is the English Bulldog famous for its characteristic looks, he is also famous for being the mascot for various organizations and schools. Despite their name, English Bulldog is one of the most sweet and gentle dog breeds around. They love almost everyone and will sit next to you for hours on end. They do well in apartments and in indoor living spaces. They do not do well living outside! They may not be rambunctious nor fast learners, but they have lots of love to give. They can be very protective of their families and even a little stubborn at times. They are well-rounded and would love nothing more than to sit around next to their families, maybe even snoring a bit!

English English Bulldog Description

english bulldogIt is hard to mistake the English Bulldog for another breed for they have such characteristic features.
Males weight from 45-55 pounds while females weigh on average 40-45 pounds.
They are medium sized with a very thick,wide yet muscular body. Their shoulders are broad and their chests are thick as well. They have a heavy and broad head with a short and powerful muzzle. They have deep wrinkles on their foreheads with an upper lip that is somewhat droopy. Their bottom teeth stick out further than their upper teeth. They have small ears that fold backwards and they have round eyes. They have stubby tails which is lower than higher on their behind. They have short and stocky legs which make them have a pronounced “waddle or shuffle” rather than a normal walk.

Temperament

English Bulldog have a very sweet natured temperament. They can tolerate children, other pets, and people very well. They are big cuddle bugs and are more calm than energetic. Though they are not really barkers, they can be great watchdogs due to their courageous behavior when necessary. They are friendly rather than aggressive but can be stubborn at times.
Early socialization helps build good social skills in the future. While every English Bulldog is different they tend to be well-rounded as adults provided proper social skills have been learned.

Children

English Bulldog makes the perfect family dog for they have extreme patience (or perhaps they just don’t mind) when it comes to children. They can tolerate a lot and tend to just sit around when kids are playing. They even don’t seem to mind being dressed up. If you expect your English Bulldog to run around and play with your children, you may be disappointed. They might get up for a couple of minutes but they are not the running around type.
That being said, children must always be taught how to interact with a dog (i.e. no pulling and tugging of ears or tails, and no touching the dog when he is sleeping or eating). No matter how friendly a dog can be, never leave a dog unsupervised with a child.
English Bulldog usually tends to tolerate other pets and other dogs very well. Proper socialization at an early age will also ensure good behavior later in life.

Training

English Bulldog has a great memory and are not likely to forget something he learns. They don’t do well in obedience training, but can master some basic tricks provided that the training sessions are full of positive reinforcement and praise. By keeping the training sessions short and interesting (more like play time than training time), the English Bulldog will respond better to learning those tricks or commands. English Bulldogs tend to be slow learners.

Exercise

Even though English Bulldog tends to be very lazy and are quite inactive indoors, it is important that they get proper exercise to prevent weight gain. Though they prefer to lie around the house all day, they should get at least 15 minutes of exercise (maybe time outside or walking) twice a day. Keep in mind, they tend to be very slow walkers! English Bulldog is a terrible swimmer. Make sure that if you have a pool, that it is not accessible to your English Bulldog. Also, they don’t do well in extreme temperatures. Especially in hot because they can’t dissipate heat very effectively. Never leave a English Bulldog, or any dog, in a car in the middle of summer in hot temperatures.

Health Problems

English Bulldog tends to have quite a lot of health problems. Of course, not every English Bulldog will encounter these issues, but you should be vigilant when looking after your English Bulldog.
Common problems can include: cherry eye, dry eye, entropion, inverted or reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, demodectic mange, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and tail issues. Obesity is also a major concern with English Bulldog. This can cause many problems of its own. They must get exercise daily and must not be overfed to prevent them from being overweight. English Bulldogs can have problems with flatulence. This may be normal, but also check with your vet to make sure there is not a more serious underlining condition. English Bulldog tends to have great difficulties in giving birth and usually require cesarean sections. Therefore, having your English Bulldog spayed or neutered is of great importance.

Life expectancy

The life span of a English Bulldog can range from 3-10 years.

Litter size

The English Bulldog has on average 4-5 puppies.

Grooming

The English Bulldog can be described as having an average shed. He should be brushed as least once a week with a firm bristle brush. The characteristic wrinkles also need to be attended to as well. Most say it is easier to wipe the insides of the wrinkles with a damp cloth or baby wipe to help clean them clean. The skin in the wrinkles may get infected or may be sensitive. If this happens, contact your vet and they will provide you with an ointment or remedy for your English Bulldog.
Your English Bulldog’s nails must be trimmed either 1 or 2 times a month. A good rule of thumb is, that if you hear them clicking on the ground, they need to be trimmed.
A English Bulldog also requires proper dental hygiene. His teeth should be brushed daily but at the very minimum, at least 2 or 3 times each week.
Make sure to check their ears for signs of infection or wax buildup.

Origin

Believe it or not, the English Bulldog has been around since 1500! Although the name was spelled differently, Bondogge, today’s spelling as English Bulldog was seen as early as 1631. The English Bulldog got its name because it was used for bull baiting (which is a type of sport where dogs were up against a bull that was tethered. The first to pin the bull won). Over years, the English Bulldog developed its characteristic stocky shape due to this sport. Fortunately, this sport was made illegal in 1835 for it was seen as cruel and inhumane. The English Bulldog then became retired from the sport. However, they were used in the 1750’s in New York to roundup bulls. Overtime, they were bred with the Pug and became the short and wide English Bulldog we know today. Today’s English Bulldog cannot perform the same bull roundup duties as it once did in the past due to the shortness of its muzzle. As there are different kinds of English Bulldogs today, neither of them look like what they used to in the past.

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