- Activity Level: low
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 8-12 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: aca
English Bulldog Breed Profile
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The loving and gentle English Bulldog is one of the most well-liked companion dog breeds around the world. A breed of English origins, the Bulldog was first recognized as a non-sporting dog by the American Kennel Club in 1886. The original use of this breed was Bull baiting, which was eventually outlawed with the establishment of the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835. This legislative act made the act of Bull and Bear baiting both illegal.
The current role most suitable for the English Bulldog would be as a companion or family pet, given their sweet demeanor. The English Bulldog is relatively easy to train but definitely takes some work for more complicated commands. If you are looking for a breed to sit, stay, and play dead for treats, this is the breed for you. While they may not be the sharpest tool in the shed compared to some of the other highly intelligent breeds, they are easy going and apt to please their owner. Training this breed will be accomplished with less difficulty if you make the training reward based. It’s extremely rare to see a Bulldog that doesn’t love a treat!
Can you say Sweetheart? While this dog breed makes an above average watchdog because of their courage, this breed is a loving companion at heart. The Bulldog is excellent with kids when socialized and should be very agreeable with guests of the house. The English Bulldog breed as a whole is heralded as one of the most well liked companion breeds in the world. The Bulldog should do well with other family pets as long as properly introduced and socialized. Owners should be aware of the breed’s stance on unfamiliar dogs. They need to be socialized early and often to curb any negative feelings towards strange dogs.
This breed is generally agreeable to most environments. Although they easily adapt to a noisy and chaotic household, they are not very tolerant of extreme weather, whether it be hot or cold. They will also greatly appreciate it if you do not leave them alone for extended periods of time, as they are known as a “People Puppy” and crave human interaction.
Although they are well liked and very popular, one must be aware of the potential health pitfalls with this breed. Some of the potential issues you can see with the English Bulldog is Cherry Eye, Entropion, or dysplasia. This breed also has a high risk for weight gain, so this should be monitored. An average Bulldog life span is between 8 and 12 years.
You do not need to be a professional dog trainer to own an English Bulldog. They are good for most novice owners because they are passive by nature.
The English Bulldog is an average shedder, so brushing him twice a week with a firm brush will be a good idea. Also, they can have a tendency to drool, so making sure you wipe their face off everyday can help ensure they do not suffer irritation on their faces and between their wrinkles. Because of the amount of wrinkles they have, it is recommended that you clean between the wrinkles fairly often to avoid irritations. You should also make sure you brush this dog’s teeth at least twice a week to avoid dental issues.
The English Bulldog is a generally low energy breed. They do not require a lot of exercise, but when they do play, they play hard! Because they can be intense when they do have an energy burst, an owner must be aware of overexertion. They can be very playful, but do tend to tire out quickly.
The English Bulldog is a short, stocky breed that should weigh between 40-50 pounds.