According to the Bulldog Club of America, the bulldog was originally groomed for bull-baiting, a bloody sport practice before the 18th century. Thanks to the outlaw of this sport in the year 1835, the bulldog was crossbred to create the friendly and loving companion breed we have today, though they can still exhibit a little bit of their aggressive trait.
As an owner or an aspiring owner, you need to be aware of the bulldogs’ temperament. Originally, bulldogs were very aggressive but after years of cross-breeding, the aggressiveness became reduced to a minimal level. This trait is noticeable in bulldogs when it comes to food as they can be very territorial of their food. So, if you are looking to train your bulldog, food reward training will yield the best result.
In general, bulldogs are friendly, loyal, and generally calm. They may prefer to spend their day snoozing but are good with children and can be very playful.
Aside from food, bulldogs are not always friendly when it comes to other dogs. As friendly as they can be with humans, it can be the complete opposite when it comes to dogs. If you are looking to have other dogs around your bulldog, it is advisable to introduce them to your bulldog while they are still in their puppy stage.
The bulldog has a very short and glossy coat with different colors. Due to their breeding history, bulldogs are muscular and very dense. In terms of size, the female bulldogs are generally smaller than male bulldogs. Adult bulldogs can be as tall as 14 to 15 inches while weighing up to 40 to 50 pounds.
Although bulldogs are easy to groom, they are heavy and excessive shedders. They need regular brushing to prevent littering the house with their fur. Bulldog grooming can be time-consuming; you must brush them at least once a week. The skin on their faces is often folded, which can cause skin afflictions when moisture or dirt gets trapped in the wrinkles. Bulldogs are prone to dry skin; watch for itchy, red skin and clean between these folds regularly.
In terms of training, bulldogs are not suitable for heavy and rigorous training due to their respiratory health issues which render them non-sporty. You can do basic training, though. Check out our topic picks for the best harness to train your bulldog.
When feeding your bulldog, make sure you are not overfeeding them to prevent excessive weight gain. Be sure the food you are giving to your pet is low in fat and high in protein and carbohydrates. You don’t want to feed your pet high-fat food, this can cause them to become overweight which may lead to mobility and respiratory issues. Bulldogs are fond of drooling especially after eating, so look out for that. Check out our article on the best food suitable for your pet.
Before looking at getting a bulldog, make sure you are aware of everything regarding its health. Bulldogs have numerous health issues such as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS), skin problems, dry nose, etc. The most common health issues are the respiratory and mobility problems which are mostly caused by being overweight. Due to BAS caused by the short snout, breathing can be very difficult for a bulldog. It is advisable to employ a veterinarian who has vast experience in dealing with bulldogs. Check out our article on bulldog’s health for more information.
Edited by: Ayelen Sforni
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