English Bulldog

Other names: Bulldog,British Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a magnificent breed. It is a blend of gentleness and unusual good looks. This kind molosser may be considered ugly by some is an exceptional dog with an agreeable temperament. As an owner, you will need to accommodate its great need of tender love and care.

31 to 36 cm
23 to 30 kg
Life expectancy
8 to 10 years
Hair loss
Need for exercise

Quick overview of the English Bulldog


  • Rather stocky body
  • Fierce and terrifying appearance
  • Compact, large and powerful
  • Very unique look


  • Very gentle and affectionate
  • Lazy and calm
  • Very social and tolerant
  • Courageous and trustworthy


Despite its muscular and fierce appearance, the English Bulldog is rather delicate and prone to many health problems.


English Bulldog's appearance

English Bulldog

Endowed with a broad chest and stocky body, this breed has a fierce and terrifying appearance.

This particularly muscular dog has a heavy gait and this gives it a unique look. Physically, the male is much more impressive than the female.

Height: Between 31 and 36 cm (12 to 14 inches) for the male.
Between 31 and 36 cm (12 to 14 inches) for the female.
Weight: Between 23 and 30 kg (51 à 66 pounds) for the male.
Between 23 and 30 kg (51 à 66 pounds) for the female.
Color: Its coat is rather uniform in color while its muzzle and mask are black. The coat can be in different shades of color such as white, apricot or brindle (mix of apricot and white).
Hair: Its hair is short and fine textured. However, because its coat is short, smooth and tight, its hair is coarse.
Morphology: Its head is rather high but short at the tip of the nose and its skin is lightly wrinkled. Folds sometimes reach all the way to the skull. Its eyes are round and set wide apart. They are located rather low on the skull and are very dark in color. Its ears are thin, small and set quite far apart. Its nose is black. The tail is carried low and is quite straight. Its lips are thick and hanging. Finally, the lower jaw shows a broad curve terminating in front of the upper jaw.

The english bulldog, according to the FCI breeds nomenclature, belongs to group 2, section 2 and is #149.

Temperament of the English Bulldog

Despite its fierce appearance, the English Bulldog is very gentle and affectionate.

Quite lazy, tranquility and calm environments suit the English Bulldog very well. Even though it does not dislike playing with the members of its family, this molosser is nonetheless quite lazy. Because of its physique, it can accelerate very quickly but its endurance is low. It will readily chase children around the backyard but will likely lie down before the end of the game.

Very mischievous as a young puppy, it quickly adapts to life in an apartment as an adult. It is very social and tolerant of humans and other animals. It adores companionship and will be very gentle with other dogs and other animals such as cats, rabbits, etc.

The English Bulldog is courageous, affectionate, trustworthy, playful mischievous and not aggressive. It can become very stubborn if not trained at an early age. A firm hand in training coupled with tenderness is ideal for this breed. This dog is very affectionate and needs much physical contact. It is a family dog no matter the age of the home’s residents. It loves everybody!

English Bulldog

Characteristics of the English Bulldog

Does this dog fit your lifestyle?

Every dog breed has these characteristics. However, the temperament of a dog can vary from one individual to the next among the same breed.

Life in an apartment 5 /5
Good first dog 4 /5
Tolerates solitude 3 /5
Tolerates cold temperatures 1 /5
Tolerates hot weather 1 /5
Affectionate 5 /5
Friendly with children 4 /5
Friendly with strangers 5 /5
Friendly with other animals 2 /5
Hair loss 3 /5
Drooling level 5 /5
Easy to care for 5 /5
Robust health 4 /5
Easy to train 3 /5
Intelligent 2 /5
Tendency to bark 4 /5
Tendency to nibble 2 /5
Protective 4 /5
Instinct to hunt 2 /5
Adventurous spirit 1 /5
Energy level 2 /5
Level of intensity 3 /5
Need for exercise 3 /5
Playful 4 /5

Characteristics are evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5
where 5 signifies that the characteristic is very present for this breed.

Adopting a English Bulldog

Do you breed English Bulldogs or know a good breeder?

Help us recommend breeders that are conscientious and respectful of the breed for people wanting to adopt a English Bulldog in your region.

Finding a good breeder to adopt from is not always easy. Classified ads are often the haven of puppy mills. This is why, in addition to our research and verifications, we also consider the personal experiences of our users with the breeders listed here.

Pictures of the English Bulldog

Tips about the English Bulldog

Points to consider before adopting a English Bulldog

  • This rather dreadful-looking molosser is far from being the most gentle breed around. Pieces of China should be put away during training! This warm-hearted beefy dog is so happy at the approach of a family member that it cannot contain its joy. Precautions should therefore be taken with children and fragile objects at the arrival of a guest or family member.

  • Ideally, this breed requires an owner that is cheerful, active, tolerant and with sufficient time to dedicate. An owner that is independent, solitary, absent and fastidious will not appreciate this slightly lazy pooch.

    The English Bulldog likes exercising but not for too long or too intensively. It enjoys gentle strolls.

Health of the English Bulldog

This dog is difficult to breed because puppies are often born through C-sections. The mother’s body is stocky, thus making giving birth difficult. Skin problems, respiratory disorders, heart disease and eye infection are the most common conditions affecting the English Bulldog.

This dog has a low tolerance to heat. Despite its muscular and fierce appearance, it is nonetheless quite frail and prone to various health problems.

Its weight must be monitored in order to reduce the risk of heart disease and respiratory disorders.

Caring for this dog

It is preferable to regularly clean its skin folds with a wipe, its ears with a specialized product and its eyes with an antiseptic.

Its coat does not require particular attention but your dog will love a brushing once in a while. This will allow your companion to enjoy human contact and its skin to better breathe.

History of the English Bulldog

This magnificient breed belongs to the molosser category and originated in Great-Britain. Sport fights between bulls and dogs starting around the 13th century contributed to the development of this breed. This breed came close to disappearing when this sport was banned in 1835.

Some English Bulldog enthusiasts united to save this breed by mobilizing. Mister Bill George created a kennel club entirely devoted to the English Bulldog. Selective breeding brought about beneficial changes in temperament and behaviour. The ancient fierce bulldog became a kind dog devoid of sny aggressivity. Despite its impressive muscle mass and fierce and gruff appearance, this dog became as gentle as a lamb. There remains no trace of its dog-fighting past except for its frightening appearance.

Famous national symbol of the United Kingdom, the English Bulldog is one of the most sought-after breed in the world.