English Bulldog

Temperament:

Attentive, Courageous, Devoted
Size: Small
Height: 31-40 cm
Weight: 20-25 kg
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Coat: Shorthair
Colors: White, Deer color, Piebald, Deer color-white, Brindle, Red-white, Red, Red brindle
FCI Group: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

English Bulldogs are lovable and cozy heavyweights. At the first moment they give a somewhat grim and serious impression. But in fact they are warm-hearted and very affectionate companions, cuddly and loyal. With an English Bulldog you get a true friend for life at your side.

English Bulldog
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Characteristics

The trademark of the bulldogs are the slightly crooked legs and the massive body. Leisurely they waddle along. The always somewhat protruding lower jaw provides the typical, serious facial expression. Often with overbite and drooling English Bulldogs are striking contemporaries. Once you have taken them to your heart, you do not want to miss these dogs. It is precisely their slightly quirky charm that makes them unmistakable.

Bulldogs seem sleepy, yet are very alert dogs. They like to observe their people and the environment. Towards strangers they can be very reserved at first. The ice usually breaks quickly and the Bulldogs become affectionate cuddlers.

The color drawings are colorful. Solid colored animals occur very rarely. Pure white or black animals are special breedings. The common color pattern is bicolored pied. Chest and underbelly are white to light colored. On the rest of the body there are cream, light to dark brown or brindle markings. The coat is short, smooth, finely textured and very easy to groom.

The females are more graceful and slender. They weigh 20 to 23 kg, while males easily weigh 25 kg and more. Bulldogs are massive and heavy, belong to the medium-sized dogs because of the moderate shoulder height.

English Bulldogs tend to be inert. Puppies should be taught the joy of exercise from an early age. Only in this way the dogs remain fit until old age.

This dog breed is unsuitable for endurance athletes. They are perfect for cozy people of all ages. Gladly Bulldog lives in a large family household. Likewise, it is a faithful companion for individuals. The animals should never be bored, they want to be noticed. Neglected bulldogs like to become grim and solitary. An English Bulldog is also suitable as a Playmate for older children and teenagers. Because of their caring nature, these dogs rarely get rowdy unless you severely disregard their boundaries.

Bulldogs love spending time with their owners and extended cuddling. Whoever keeps such a dog should always have a towel ready. At Comfort mode many English Bulldogs begin to drool enormously.

The English Bulldog does not count as a fighting dog. The typical fighting dog breeds and they have the same ancestors. However, the current type of bulldog was never explicitly bred for fighting.

The English Bulldog likes to be a single dog. She accepts conspecifics if they are equally cozy and do not get on her nerves.

In connection with the English Bulldog, you will often read of the "Old English Bulldogs″ or "Olde English Bulldog″. Both terms refer to an offshoot of the breed that has resulted from backbreeding efforts. This breed standard promotes leaner and more agile dog types. The roots of the breed lie in the USA.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

The diet of the Bullis is somewhat special. At the sight of the strong dogs, you basically want to give too much. In fact, bulldogs have a lower feed requirement, than most people think. Mass is innate in them, it does not need to be fed or maintained. Because of the slow temperament, bulldogs have a lower turnover than more athletic dogs. This means small quantities, few calories. Optimal is a lean feed with high quality proteins. Beef and fish are the best sources of protein for bulldogs. In addition, the carbohydrate content should remain moderate.

The English Bulldog loves to eat. Best you share the Daily ration divided into two to three smaller meals. In between it may be nibbles, but not too much. Basically, you should offer a bull dog something to bite. They love to gnaw and chew for their lives.

If you want to give treats to your bulldog, she should always have to do something for it. Simply for the sake of faithful eyes, little helps the dog to stay agile and fit. Treat search or smaller tricks and obedience exercises are also fun for the bullis.

The beefy breeds are suitable for barfing, of course. You don't have to give the bulldogs chopped raw meat. There may be larger chunks and also bones and cartilage. However, be careful when feeding bones. Many dogs react to too much bone with constipation.

Balance and the adequate supply of vitamins and nutrients is important. Even when feeding raw meat, vegetable substances must never be completely absent. These can be purchased in special supplementary feed mixtures. In the finished dry and wet food of well-known manufacturers, the ingredients are usually optimally matched.

English Bulldog Care

The short haired dog breeds are low-maintenance. Most of the time the English Bulldog takes care of itself alone. Only with the Skin folds and in the hair change you should care with. All kinds of garbage can easily accumulate in the folds. Moisture also attracts parasites or ticks settle. You are welcome to cuddle and care for your Bulldog every day. Dirt you can wonderfully with a Care glove remove from the folds.

As your dog ages, you can provide additional care. English Bulldogs are prone to arthritis and joint problems. The own body care can then be more difficult for the dog. A joint grooming and massage session also promotes blood circulation and circulation of older animals.

A bulldog usually also means a additional maintenance in your apartment. Blankets and baskets like to drool and should be washed more often. Overall, however, English Bulldogs are very low-maintenance contemporaries.

Suitable accessories

Choosing a collar and harness can be a bit more difficult with the beefier dogs. Please note that collars that are too wide can easily cut your dog. Due to the somewhat stocky head and body shape, many bulldogs are short of breath. This should not be aggravated by a collar. Further, the many folds are often a hindrance. A collar should not be too tight in the folds of skin on the neck, as moisture and parasites like to accumulate there.

Optimal for an English Bulldog is a harness. When buying you should make sure that the front bib is also adjustable. The wide chest often does not correspond to the clothing sizes. Some manufacturers offer extra accessories or custom-made for bulldogs.

The English Bulldog is very cozy. A cozy place to sleep must be. Even if you usually share the couch, this dog also wants a place just for himself. Your Bulldog will be very happy to retreat there during the day for twilight naps. She does not want to be disturbed.

Best you buy a fully washable sleeping basket. The English Bulldog also likes to drool in a cozy snooze.

Origin & History

English Bulldogs are a very old breed of dogs. Their history can be traced back to the sixth century BC. Molosser dogs came to the Roman Empire via the Phoenicians.

With the conquests of the Romans, these heavy dogs came to Great Britain. There they were crossed with slimmer types of dogs. This resulted in dogs that are very similar to today's Great Danes.

From the beginning, these dogs were intended for hunting heavy game. They simply bit boars and bulls in the nose and did not let go. This peculiarity has been preserved until today in many of the successor breeds. Today's English Bulldog is usually too sluggish for such sports.

Old pictures like to show these dogs at the side of proud commanders. These animals were called "Bonddogs″ or "Bolddogs″. The word "bond″ in this context means the "place″ in the hunt. The term "Bolddogs″ goes back to "bold″ and means "bold″.

Over time, the English Bulldog became heavier and transformed it from a hunting dog to a butcher's dog. In the 17th century, it was law to rush a bull before slaughter. It was believed that this would make the meat more tender. The young bull was locked in a ring with the dog and the latter went after its roots. From this time comes the name "bull biter″.

Later, the bullfight developed into dogfighting. Soon, more agile dogs like Staffordshire bull terriers and bull terriers were used. The cozier "English Bulldog″, on the other hand, turned into a social and family dog.

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