Breed Group: Non-Sporting Group
Shoulder Height: 12-16 in.
Weight: 48-55 lb.
Life Span: 6-10 years
Colors: Brindle, white, red, fawn, yellow, piebald
- The English Bulldog is the fifth-most-popular dog breed in the United States
- Originally developed for bull baiting during bullfights but the breed doesn’t resemble the much taller, more ferocious breed it was then.
- Bulldogs are one of the few breeds recognized by the AKC where it is encouraged they have an underbite
The English Bulldog is a distinct breed that has surged in popularity with the start of the internet age. They love being the center of attention and will gladly learn how to do anything you want them to, whether that is riding a skateboard or skydiving with you.
English Bulldogs are quite intelligent and will do anything in their power to make you happy. Their short and stout bodies make them perfect apartment dogs. Their stout build also makes them great for kids. Bulldogs are very sociable and consistently enjoy the company of other dogs.
Their coat is quite short, making them ideal for warmer climates. They also do not shed excessively and require very little grooming.
English Bulldogs are susceptible to a number of problems:
- Brachycephalic airway syndrome is a common problem in breeds with flat faces. A combination of long soft palettes, closed off nasal passages and trachea predispose bulldogs to breathing difficulties (which are exacerbated by hot humid conditions)
- Without regular cleaning of skin wrinkles and folds infections can develop
- Bulldogs are at a high risk for gastric dilatation and volvulus
- Bulldogs are extremely popular sports mascots across all levels with the most famous ones hailing from Yale University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Georgia
- The U.S. Marine Corps has adopted the bulldog as their official mascot
- Winston Churchill kept a bulldog and, due to his determination, was himself compared to one. They were subsequently used in British propaganda and military advertisements as a symbol of British tenacity and courage.
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