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Bulldog Facts

  • Group
  • Non Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 12" - 16"
  • Weight
  • 46-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Low - This breed requires little daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

English Bulldog


The Bulldog was created in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed was developed in the 1800's.


The Bulldog was created to hold bulls for butchers, and later for blood sport ans bull baiting. In 1835 when the sport was outlawed, the need for the breed ceased. However, fanciers worked to keep the breed alive as a companion, placing value on its gentle temperament and distinctive looks rather than its fighting skills.


The Bulldog is a medium size but massive dog with a heave, thick set body. The head is very large, broad and square. The forehead is flat and the face is very short with a short, upturned muzzle. The massive jaws are square and the lower jaw in undershot with thick pendant chops. There are dark eyes, a black nose and small rose ears. The chest is broad and deep with a short back. The naturally short tail is straight or screwed. The skin is soft and lose, especially at the head, neck and shoulders. The coat is short and may be brindle, white, red, fawn, yellow or piebald.


The Bulldog is gentle, stable and affectionate. Although it is courageous and capable of great power, it gets along with almost everyone. On the down side, it has a proclivity for snorting and drooling, as well as chronic flatulence. It is occasionally scrappy with other dogs.


At the end of its career as a gladiator, the Bulldog was used as a guard dog, a police dog, and an auxiliary in the army. In the United States one Bulldog was decorated with five ribbons, and a bronze star for its war work and another was promoted to corporal. Today the Bulldog is esteemed as a companion dog.

Health Concerns

Allergies, brachycephalic syndrome, eye problems, elongated soft palate, hip dysplasia reproductive problems, small trachea.

Additional Information

Calvin Coolidge owned a Bulldog named "Boston Beans."

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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