English Bulldogs are friendly, docile and sociable. They get along well with other dogs and children. They try to be lapdogs and do not like a lot of exercise. They can be stubborn but not aggressive. Bulldogs love their family and love to sleep with them.
The coat of an English Bulldog is short, smooth & finely textured. Their hair lies flat and close to their body.
The Bulldog colors can be brindle, white, red, fawn, yellow, piebald or any combination of colors. Solid black is not considered desirable in this breed.
The short coat of the English Bulldog is very easy to maintain. Twice a week brushing is sufficient. They are average shedders and only need bathed when required. It is very important to clean between their wrinkles to help avoid skin irritation and/or infection.
The average life span is between 8 – 12 years. One health issue in Bulldogs tends to be cherry eye, a protrusion of the inner eyelid. Other health issues are:
• Hip Issues
• Interdigital Cysts
• Shoulder Luxation
• Hip Dysplasia
• Breathing Problems
Heat is also something Bulldog owners needs to be aware of. English Bulldogs need plenty of water when it is hot and need somewhere shady they can lay down. They can become overheated very quickly and this can cause serious issues.
The Bulldog name came from bull baiting. The Bulldog would try to grab the bull by the nose and pin it to the ground. Eventually this sport was outlawed and the Bulldog was no longer needed for this. The Bulldog was then crossed with a Pug for a shorter, stockier dog with a much shorter muzzle. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1886 and grouped as Non-Sporting.