A breed developed from Mastiffs and which acquired their name about 1630 – were also used to bait bears and badgers. Originally bred for the sport of bull baiting, which was popular in England for more than 700 years before it was made illegal in 1850. Today’s Bulldog is a far cry from its ancestors. It is more heavily built and less athletic than those dogs that were used to torment the bulls.
A wide, medium-sized, compact dog with short legs. A burly figure and massive head and jaw would undoubtedly deter any marauder.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Daily brushing and wipe with a wet flannel, other grooming required at times.
- Coat Type: Short, flat coat is straight, smooth and glossy.
- Moulting: Moderate.
- Exercise Needs: Daily walk around the block should suffice, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Average Life Span: Around 8 years.
- Family: The Bulldog enjoys the company of its owner and displays a loving nature at every available opportunity. Recommended for all those both sensible and sensitive to the needs of this breed. Very young children would need to be taught to respect the animal and its requirements.
- Temperament: Usually placid and gentle, but can be jealously territorial around that which it regards as “its own”. Its appearance, rather than its temperament, is its only asset if looking for a “watchdog”. But it certainly has courage when called upon to defend its property.
- Trainability: Training and kind discipline should begin at eight weeks. If a puppy is not discouraged when it jumps up on its owner, it will not be its fault if it is a nuisance later on.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Most will be amenable with other dogs, but not with other species unless introduced at an early age.
- Barking: British Bulldogs aren't barkers and are easygoing as they love spending time with people.
In general you will find English Bulldog’s to be laid back and chilled out but they can be protective of their human family if the need arises – they actually make handy little watch dogs.
English Bulldogs require plenty of attention and regular cleaning of all their glorious wrinkles. They can be prone to health issues.