What do England, Yale University, University of Georgia and the U.S. Marines have in common? Well of course, the English bulldog: their symbol and mascot! Why the bulldog? Obviously for his strong character and determination!
Initially bred to fight, the British bulldog is among the oldest breeds native to the UK. It’s considered a national treasure. The bulldog’s role changed over time and today it’s among one of the most popular choices of family pets and companions due to its charming and loving nature. This pup really deserves a moment of our time, so to show some love we’ve prepared 45 interesting facts about British Bulldogs as a token of our respect!
Being Great Britain’s National dog, the British bulldog is known worldwide as a tough and constant reminder of the legendary John Bull.
The English bulldogs first appeared in the show ring in 1860.
Two of the traits that make the breed so endearing to owners and why they are among the most popular breeds in the UK are on one side their comical character and on the other their extreme dignity.
In the 12th century, the sport of bull-baiting was introduced to the British Isles by the Normans.
Bull-baiting was a public sport in the U.K. from 1206 up until its banning in 1835.
Bulldogs were specially bred for a fierce encounter creeping low to the ground and attempting to bite the bull’s, bear’s, or horse’s nose.
For centuries the sport became popular with all classes of people throughout the land. At the time, they used mastiff-type dogs for the fights.
Then smaller, thicker-set dogs with very mighty jaws and strong heads started to replace the leggier and taller mastiff-type dogs.
These shorter, mighty dogs were to become the ancestors of the English bulldogs we see today.
When bull-baiting was outlawed as a sport the future of Bulldogs became uncertain.
Luckily, some were kept as companions becoming the foundation and regeneration of English bulldogs.
The original Old English bulldog was saved from vanishing by emigrants who took their dogs to the New World where they were used to round up wild bulls so they could be safely restricted in areas away from towns.
Bill George and other enthusiasts continued to promote the breed by developing and improving them. How? By crossing Old English bulldogs with Pugs.
The result was splendid! A friendlier and less aggressive character suitable for a loyal companion and a great family pet.
The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in the late 1800s.
English bulldogs are as popular in other countries of the world as they are in their native UK.
English bulldogs also called British bulldogs are 40–50-pound mid-sized dogs with sturdy, short limbs and a wide blocky body. They’re muscular and have a huge underbite.
What are their other distinguished features? Their wide shoulders, overhanging skin, a nose rope, and wrinkled face.
British bulldogs acclimate well to apartment life and are even great for new pet parents.
British bulldogs are fairly low-maintenance pups. Keep them out of extreme weather, and give them enough exercise.
Today the Bulldog only vaguely resembles his ancestors in appearance.
Despite his still vicious appearance, you can’t find a dog with a sweeter, more loving disposition.
British bulldogs can be stubborn and lazy. Even though your Bulldog may not be very excited about going to a walk, it’s important that he is exercised every day to keep him fit.
Heat and humidity can’t be tolerated by the British bulldog.
When the weather is warm and everyone is outside some people put small pools filled with water in a shaded spot for their Bulldogs to lie in.
Being house dogs they should not live outdoors all of the time.
Bulldogs are sensitive to cold weather.
Bulldogs wheeze, snort, and snore and are prone to sleep apnea.
Their short noses also make them predisposed to many respiratory ailments.
The ones that have pinched nostrils may require surgery so they’ll be able to breathe easily.
Bulldogs can experience flatulence. If excessive you should consult your vet!
Bulldogs gain weight easily, being greedy eaters. So if you don’t monitor their food intake they can quickly become obese.
Bulldogs have difficulty giving birth because of the size of their heads and fronts.
Most British bulldogs require caesareans to deliver their puppies.
To get a healthy pet find a trustworthy breeder who tests her breeding dogs for genetic health conditions and good temperaments.
The British bulldog is usually docile and gentle but can be jealously territorial.
Training and kind discipline should begin at eight weeks as with all animals.
The British bulldog scores well as a family pet and it will repay you with many years of devotion in return for your care and companionship.
British bulldogs do not care to share their home comforts with other species.
It is advised future purchasers to learn a little about the breed before purchasing.
A British bulldog with its smooth coat is generally a clean animal.
The folds on its face should be cleaned daily by drying them out with cotton wool, rubbing on petroleum jelly, and wiping it out to create a fence against tear stains and to prevent chafing.
The area beneath the root of the tail requires the same attention. And a little smeared over the nose on a daily basis prevents it from becoming crusty.
Toe-nails should be inspected weekly to ensure they have not become too long.
To keep your dog looking and feeling in great condition you should brush it daily for five minutes, and then wipe it over with a damp flannel.
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