- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-14 Years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: aca, other
Victorian Bulldog Breed Profile
The Victorian Bulldog is a cousin to the English Bulldog. They are a cross between the English Bulldog and the Olde English Bulldogge. Victorian Bulldogs are slightly larger, tend to be a little bit lighter in the chest, and have a slightly longer snout. They were bred to be a “healthier” and “lower maintenance” version of the lovable English Bulldog while maintaining the standard bulldog look. Although the Victorian Bulldog is not currently recognized by the AKC, the dog breed is recognized by the American Canine Association (ACA) and the Dog Registry of America (DRA).
Victorian Bulldogs might look a little intimidating, but they are loyal and reliable sweethearts with a gentle nature that make a great family companion. They are very affectionate and thrive on human attention and companionship. They are excellent guard dogs that are known for their courage and protective instincts. They are also great with children and other pets and are naturally gentle with them. They can be suspicious of other dogs if they are not socialized properly. This dog breed may drool a little and snore, but they are a loving and dedicated companion that will love spending time with you.
The Victorian Bulldog is a moderately adaptable dog breed. They do well in larger homes and can also adapt well to apartment living as long as they get enough attention and exercise. They tend to be less active indoors, which makes them a good fit for apartment dwellers. They do best in moderate climates as they get cold easily and do not handle heat very well. Victorian Bulldogs also crave human companionship and attention, so they will not do well with long periods of time alone.
This is a hardy dog breed that is relatively healthy. Although they are bred specifically to avoid many of the genetic diseases common to Bulldogs, there are some conditions to be aware of including skin problems, cherry eye, entropion, or hip and elbow dysplasia. Asking the breeder about the genetic history of the parents and also to see any health clearances can help allay concerns about potential health issues.
The Victorian Bulldog is sensitive, intelligent, and eager to please. They tend to pick up training quickly and relate well to their humans. This makes them a highly trainable dog breed and a good fit for owners of any experience level. They respond best to gentle, positive, and rewards-based training. They can become stubborn at times, so it’s important to start training early and keep it consistent.
This dog breed has a moderate grooming level and is an average shedder. Common coat colors are red, brindle, fawn, solid white, or pied. They have a shorthaired coat of fine, smooth fur that requires minimal grooming. Brushing weekly or a few times a week and bathing as needed is plenty to maintain a Victorian Bulldog’s coat. Bulldogs are known for their wrinkly faces, which need to be cleaned regularly to avoid irritated skin or infections. Gently cleaning inside the wrinkles each day with a damp cloth will help keep your Victorian Bulldog comfortable and prevent skin problems.
In addition to coat and skin care, there are other grooming tasks that every dog needs, like nail trimming, regular ear checks, and dental care. Monthly nail trimming is usually sufficient to keep nails from getting too long. If your dog isn’t wearing them down as much between normal monthly trimmings, you may need to trim their nails more often. Ears that flop over can trap dirt, debris, and moisture, which can lead to ear infections. By regularly checking your dog’s ears and carefully cleaning them as needed, you can help prevent ear infections.
It’s also important to care for your dog’s teeth and gums to help prevent dental disease. Dental disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. It’s also the most preventable health issue. Proper dental care for dogs, like brushing your dog’s teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day, can help prevent the tartar buildup that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Dental hygiene chews and a dental care diet can help supplement your dental care efforts.
It’s a good idea to start getting your puppy used to having their paws, mouth, and ears handled early on. Getting them used to regular grooming tasks and keeping it a positive experience makes grooming much easier as your dog grows. It can even become a bonding experience that calms and relaxed both of you!
Victorian Bulldogs have a moderate activity level. They can sometimes act like couch potatoes when they are indoors, but they still need some regular exercise every day to stay happy and healthy. A few walks a day with some playtime or time to run around is sufficient for this stocky pup. Although they are more athletic than their English Bulldog cousins, they still have a short snout, so they can get overheated easily. You will want to keep an eye out for signs of overheating or overexertion, so you know when it’s time to take a break.
A fully-grown Victorian Bulldog usually stands between 16-19 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs between 55-75 pounds.
A Victorian Bulldog generally lives 10-14 years.
The Victorian Bulldog was bred to recreate the appearance of the Bulldog breed from the early 19th century, so it looks more like the Bulldogs from 100 years ago than those of today.