English Bulldog

Bulldog, British Bulldog

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

Height 31 to 36 cm
Weight 23 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 8 to 10 years
Hair Loss Medium
Excercise Need Medium
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the English Bulldog

Temperament

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

Appearance

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

Health

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

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, the English Bulldog 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

Breed 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 (12.20 to 14.17 inches) for the male
Between 31 and 36 cm (12.20 to 14.17 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 23 and 30 kg (50.71 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 23 and 30 kg (50.71 to 66.14 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.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 2 and is #149

Characteristics of the English Bulldog

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

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a English Bulldog puppy: between 1600 € / $ 1861 / £1461 and 2100 € / $ 2443 / £1917
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a English Bulldog: 100 € / $ 117 / £92
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

English Bulldog pictures

Tips About this breed

This warm-hearted 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.

GROOMING

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 this breed

The English Bulldog 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 any 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 breeds in the world.

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