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About English Bulldogs

 

The English Bulldog originated in the British Isles,
descended from the ancient Asiatic mastiff. The dog
was given the name "bull" because of its use in bull
baiting and for their robust look of a little bull. They
were aggressive, ferocious and courageous with the
power to attack full grown bulls, which they did in
arena combat before the practice was banned by
law in the 19th century. The bulldogs would attack
from the bottom up going underneath the bull and
aiming for the neck, making it hard for thebull to
fight back. Today's bulldog has a very different
temperament from those of his ancestors, but still
retains a strong determination.


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The English Bulldog is a wide, medium sized, compact dog, with short legs. The body and head are massive with extra skin on both the skull and forehead falling in folds. 

Although the English Bulldogs appearance can be somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs.  Bulldogs are described as a very affectionate and dependable animal, gentle with children, but known for its courage and its excellent guarding abilities. Bullheaded and determined, this breed can be very persistent. They do not give up easily. Bulldogs are very much a peoples dog seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!!  A lot of human attention is required for the breed's happiness. 

Height: about 12-16 inches (31-40 cm). Weight: Dogs 53-55 pounds (24-25kg.) Bitches 49-51 pounds (22-23kg.)

An average of 8 years. Some live longer while others live shorter lives.

Some of the problems encountered by the breed are  - Breathing problems; some have small windpipes as well. Also poor eyesight, very susceptible to heat stroke in warm weather or hot rooms and cars. Very cold sensitive. Puppies often delivered by caesarian section because of their broad heads. Its digestive system is very active and may be offensive to people with sensitive noses. Susceptible to skin infections. Also hip and knee problems.

The English Bulldog is good for apartment life. They are very inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed is an indoor dog. Bulldogs do best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather.

Some adult Bulldogs would just as soon not take any exercise, while others are full of energy. In any case all Bulldogs need to be taken on daily walks to fulfill their primal canine instinct to walk. Fit English Bulldogs are capable of moving very quickly for short periods of time.

The smooth, fine, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. Wipe the face with a damp cloth every day to clean inside the wrinkles. This breed is an average shedder.