English Bulldog is a very popular breed. Being one of the oldest of Great Britain’s native breeds they really have become a national treasure. The Bulldog is a very popular choice of breed among families for their loving and kind natures, plus their patience and gentleness with children. They are highly adaptable dogs that can live in either a house or an apartment as long as they are given enough exercise throughout the day.
Bulldogs have a very distinct appearance; they are wide and muscular dogs with a low-slung body and dense wrinkles. The dogs tend to walk with more of a waddle than a walk due to their stocky legs set at each corner of their body. Bulldogs have much wider shoulders in comparison to their rear end which can actually cause problems for females when birthing puppies, so breeding Bulldogs can be very expensive. The coat of an English Bulldog should be straight, short, fine, smooth and silky. They have soft, loose skin – also known as wrinkles – on their head, neck and shoulders especially. The head is covered with their heavy and dense wrinkles and they have two loose folds on their neck which forms, what is called, a dewlap. You should brush your Bulldog’s coat at least once a week to keep it looking its best and maintaining healthy skin and fur removing any dirt. Having a dog with such dense wrinkles, you have to be sure to wipe them with a cloth each day to prevent any skin irritation or infections occurring. This breed sheds a pretty average amount, but if you do brush them regularly it will reduce the amount of hair you find around your home and on your clothes.
The lifespan of the English Bulldog ranges from 8 to 10 years. As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Bulldog into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme. There are many Health Tests available for all dog breeds in order to understand potential risks and the level of those risks which, in particular, includes the Bulldog Health Assessment for Bulldogs. English Bulldogs can have a lot of health problems, so as an owner you need to be prepared and willing to monitor their health very closely and are able to provide the treatment needed. Certain health conditions that Bulldogs are more prone to include many eye conditions like dry eye, breathing disorders due to obstructed airways, head shakes, skin conditions and infections, hip dysplasia, tail problems and bone and joint disorders. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills.
Male and female English Bulldogs both tend to be around 31 to 40 centimetres in height but can vary in weight with females usually being lighter. Males can weigh between 24 and 25 kilograms whilst females tend to weigh around 22 and 23 kilograms. As with all dogs, Bulldogs need to be given regular exercise each day, but as they suffer with breathing problems you have to be very careful how much exercise you give your dog in the hotter summer months. They have small nasal cavities and find it hard to regulate their core body temperature which can cause them to overheat which can be extremely dangerous to them. Also, English Bulldogs can very easily put weight on and will happily be lazy dogs if they are allowed to, so as a Bulldog owner, you need to be aware of this and watch your dog’s weight and exercise levels. For this breed, if they have excess weight to carry it can lead to more health issues which includes lots of strain on their joints and can develop lung and heart issues.
A key fact to know about the English Bulldog is that they are a Pedigree Breed recognised by the Kennel Club in England as part of the Utility Group. The breed was originally used to drive cattle to market and were bred to compete in sport called bullbaiting. The average price for a Kennel Club registered English Bulldog is around £1700 and non-Kennel Club registered dogs are around £1500.
The English Bulldog is a loving and loyal pup with many wonderful qualities, but do make sure that before getting a pup that you know all the key facts regarding the breed you are looking at to make sure you are able to care for them in the way they need.