The Bulldog received its name from the bullbaiting it was known for in early English history. The history of the breed goes back six or seven centuries to the Mastiff group of bandogs and butchers’ dogs.
The breed was taller and not as grotesque, hardly recognizable as the Bulldog of today. After bullbaiting was outlawed in 1835, the dog was remodeled by dog lovers not wishing this popular breed to die out. They eliminated the undesirable characteristics, including the ferocious disposition, and preserved and refined the better qualities.
Size:Height 14 1/2 to 15 inches
Color:Red brindle, all other brindles, solid white, solid red, fawn or fallow and piebald.
Eyes:Round in form, moderate size, very dark in color.
Body Structure:Medium size, heavy, low-swung body, massive short-faced head,wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. The ears are known as “rose-eared” (folds inward at its back lower edge, the upper front edge curving over, outward and backward, showing part of the inside of the burr). The feet are moderate in size; compact and firmly set toes with short, stubby nails.
Hair CoatStraight, short, flat, close, of firm texture; smooth and glossy.
Possible Health Problems:The Bulldog is extremely susceptible to heat stroke, and special precautions have to be made in hot climates. They may have respiratory problems and are known to snore loudly. They may develop allergic skin problems, eyelid abnormalities, congenital heart disease, hip dysplasia and live only 9-10 years.
There is probably no other breed with more trust and affection for all mankind than the Bulldog. They are very easy-going, an ideal pet for children.Grooming is very minimal. The Bulldog is a fairly quiet breed besides its snoring and snorting.
Because of its numerous health problems, the breed must be purchased from a reputable breeder. They may become aggressive toward other dogs. The breed is short lived (only 9-10 years).