Bulldogs

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Bulldog puppy

Bulldogs make an immediate impression. With a large head, shortened muzzle, undershot jaw and a strong, square build, bulldogs appear formidable.

Don’t be fooled. These drooling, heavy breathers are softies at heart and are one of the most popular canine companion choices in America. They are also on the AKC’s top 10 most-wanted dog breeds list year after year.

Bulldog History

Descended from the mastiff breed, the bulldog was bred to guard, control and bait bulls during the Middle Ages, using its wide lower jaw to clamp on to the bull's nose like a vise. The bulldog’s short muzzle allowed the dog to continue breathing while clinging to the bull.

The bulldog is known to be dominant and courageous, with a seemingly high tolerance to pain, characteristics of which have been attributed to the breed’s fighting dog ancestry.

Bulldogs are Family Dogs

Bulldog

Bulldogs also have a gentle and patient nature, making them ideal family pets that notably behave well with children and other pets.

They rarely whine and usually bark only when there is a good reason to do so. While bulldogs are not very demanding by nature, they can be stubborn and will often not complain if they are injured, ill, suffering from thirst, hunger or cold.

As a result, bulldogs require attentive owners who can properly take care of them.

Chewing can be pronounced in bulldogs, so training is essential to curb this behavior.

Bulldog Behavior

Known as perpetual puppies, bulldogs reach maturity by 36 months of age, as compared to the average 12 to 18 months in most dog breeds. Although they may be particularly needy as puppies, don’t worry; bulldogs mature into calm adults.

Case in point: Bulldogs prefer to spend their days lounging as much as possible. You may never convince a bulldog to enjoy outdoor sports; a bulldog would rather exercise his jaws chewing on foreign objects. Chewing can be pronounced in bulldogs, so training is essential to curb this behavior.

Bulldog Breeds

There are a variety of bulldog breeds, although they share similar characteristics and health conditions:

French bulldog
  • Alapaha Blue Blood bulldog
  • American bulldog
  • Aussie bulldog
  • Banter Bulldogge
  • Buldoque Campeiro
  • Ca de Bou
  • Catahoula bulldog
  • Dorset Olde Tyme bulldog
  • English bulldog
  • French bulldog
  • Olde English Bulldogge
  • Olde Boston Bulldogge
  • Victorian bulldog
  • Valley bulldog

Common Bulldog Medical Conditions

While these may be common medical conditions, your bulldog will not necessarily develop any of those listed below.

Adult bulldog
  • Extreme sensitivity to temperature variations and difficulty breathing in hot temperatures due to a shorter muzzle. Good ventilation and air conditioning are essential with this breed.
  • Skin infections, hip and knee problems.
  • Abnormal dentition placement, number and development of teeth.
  • Brachycephalic upper-airway syndrome: Signs are noisy or open-mouth breathing, snoroing, panting, exercise intolerance, vomiting and difficulty eating. An exaggerated movement of the dog's abdomen during breathing is commonly seen in more severely affected animals.
  • Distichiasis: This occurs when eyelashes grow in the wrong spot and cause an eye irritation even to the point of scarred corneas. Treatment options your veterinarian can offer include manual removal, electrolysis, electrocautery, cryotherapy and surgery.

As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your particular four-legged friend.


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