Tips on the English Bulldog

Bulldogs tend to look “tough” but in reality, most of them are just big sweethearts. They are protective and gentle with the family members, especially with children, so they are most suitable pets for such families. They have a laid-back nature but are brave enough to fight larger animals. They seem to empathize to their owner and act accordingly to their mood. They also require very little exercise and grooming so they can be considered good dogs for lower-energy households.

England is the native country for the ancestors of the English bulldogbreed. The term “bulldog” was first used sometime around 1568 and applied to the modern bulldog’s ancestors. It was a crossbreed between the pug and the mastiff dogs.

Fighting With The Bulls

Few centuries ago, bulldogs were used in animal fightings like bullbaiting or bearbaiting. Different animals, like bears, bulls, dogs fighted against each other, and this was considered a popular sport. A bull was then lashed to a post, and a bulldog would leap at the bull, latch onto its snout, and attempt to suffocate the bull. These abilities of the bulldogs were used also to round-up the wild bulls from New Your City, in the mid 17-century. They were trained to seize a bull by its snout because it was too dangerous to approach them any other way, and they would hold on long enough for a rope to be secured around the bull’s neck. Because they were crossbred with pugs, the modern bulldogs have shorter bodies and they are no more able to fight a bull through gripping its snout. Due to their fierce look and captivating history, bulldogs are used nowadays as mascots by schools or sport teams from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The bulldog males should have a standard weight of around 50 pounds, and females 40 pounds in the United States, but in other countries, like the United Kingdom, a male can weight up to 70 pounds.

Like all breeds, English bulldogs also have health problems that come associated with their breed. The breathing issues are usually encontered at this breed due to their bulk and the shortness of their muzzle. They are also famous for snoring loudly. The cysts between the toes are also current discomfort. They are also prone to infections of the folds on their face if not regularily cleaned and to the protrusion of the inner eyelid, called “cherry eye” and can be corrected only by a veterinarian. Many bulldogs are bowlegged in their hind legs due to their weights and proportions of their bodies. This can cause a rash of hip problems including hip dysplasia. Bulldogs are also extremely susceptible to heat. In the hot periods or exposed much time to the sun they can get really sick.

If you are planning to breed bulldogs, you should also know that most bulldog puppies are not delivered vaginally because their large heads often get stuck in a mother’s birth canal. They are not delivered vaginally but through a Caesarian section.

If you are interested in showing an English bulldog these are some general features. Their smooth, short coats have a variety of colors. In order of desirability their colors are brindle - more specifically red brindle - red, white, and fawn (fawn-colored bulldogs tend to have markings of other color as well. In contests, a pale or liver-colored nose disqualifies and also the black coat. A longer tail, that requires docking, is considered a serious fault among show bulldogs.

Many people consider English bulldogs to be wonderful pets. They are also suitables as family pets.

An English bulldog would no longer be able to grip a bull’s snout! Most bulldog puppies are not delivered vaginally. The English bulldog has a smooth, short coat.

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