The bulldog (often called the English Bulldog or British Bulldog) is a medium-size dog breed that began in England.
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The bulldog is a relatively small but stocky breed, with a compact body and short, sturdy limbs. Its shape results in a waddle-like gait. Bulldogs are known for their short muzzles and the saggy skin on their faces, creating the apparent "frown" that has become a trademark of the breed. Bulldogs come in a variety of colours and ideally have a smooth, short coat. The size for a mature dog is about 50 pounds (23 kg); that for mature females is about 40 pounds (18 kg). Though appearing stout, the adult bulldog measures only about 12-14 inches (30-36 cm) tall at the shoulder. Many people think bulldogs are cute because of these characteristics and that makes them a popular pet.
Contrary to classic cartoon parodies and nicknames of the breed, such as 'Sour-Puss,' that depicted the bulldog as ferocious and wearing a spiked dog collar, the bulldog is not a vicious dog breed and gets along well with humans, including children, and usually other dog breeds. The reputation of being ferocious was true during the days of bull baiting, but the aggressive tendencies were bred out of them by the time of the Second World War. Bulldogs are very friendly and playful, while also being stubborn and protective.
A bulldog is great for houses as well as apartments, due to the little exercise they require, especially as adults. Nonetheless, puppies may be destructive until reaching maturity.
Bulldogs tend to have breathing problems as their flat face restricts air; because of this they should be closely monitored in hot weather as they can suffer heat stroke more easily than breeds with long noses. In addition, many bulldogs also suffer breathing difficulties as a result of their palate, which can all too easily collapse into their airway. The collapsed palate can be fixed easily with surgery, but if left untreated, it can yield trademark breathing and snoring difficulties characteristic of the breed. Bulldogs also have problems with swimming and can drown if left unattended near a pool. Other common health problems include cherry eye, allergies, and (among older bulldogs) hip problems and cataracts. Because of the large heads in proportion to body size, baby bulldogs are usually delivered by Caesarean section as most pups get stuck in the birth canal during natural birth.
Diesel the Bulldog sent in by Applecat - Many Thanks
This is a picture of Diesel at 6 months and 52lbs. He is my first English bulldog and I was lucky enough to have chosen him. He loves attention, children, and other dogs that can tolerate his strength while playing. I have been told by a other few English Bulldog owners that Diesel is well-behaved and I have to agree for most of the time. He is a fast learner, but still wants to do things his way most of the time
The term "bulldog" was first used around 1500 and might have been applied to various ancestors of modern bulldog breeds. In the 1600s, bulldogs were used for bull baiting (as well as bearbaiting), a wagering sport popular in the 17th century in which trained bulldogs leapt at a bull lashed to a post, latched onto its snout and attempted to suffocate it. The practice of bull baiting was banned in England in 1835.
After bull baiting was banned, the breed began to die out (known as the Old English Bulldog) until fans turned to conformation dog shows. The first show to have a class for bulldogs was in Birmingham. Just a few years later, in 1864, a club was organized to enhance the breed. Unfortunately, this group never picked a specific breed standard, and in 1891 the two top bulldogs, King Orry and Dockleaf, were greatly different in appearance. King Orry was reminiscent of the original bulldogs—lighter boned and very athletic. Dockleaf was smaller and heavier set—more like modern bulldogs. Dockleaf was declared the winner that year. Although some argued that the older version of the bulldog (known as the Old English Bulldog) was more fit to perform, the modern version’s looks won over the fans of the breed.
Because of its tenacity, the bulldog is a symbol of Britain and is a popular mascot of universities, military institutions, and other organizations.
Daisy-boy the Bulldog sent in by fatboyjutz - Many Thanks
Daisy-boy, (YES HE's A BOY!), is 1 & has been riding with me on my fat boy h.d. Since he's was 8 weeks old! Daisy-boy is a local "star". He's my world!!
Daisy-boy with his leading lady, Wee-clover. ( bullies are like potato chips, you can't have JUST one) ....just a footnote on daisy-boy, the D-man is 1 1/2 now. My buddy made a custom seat for him to ride on the Harley, now Wee Clover rides on the tank. Of course they both wear goggles & safety harness'. Its quite a sight, if your ever in s.e. Wisconsin, you may see the three of us out riding! We may have to think about a side car soon.... Aimee'
Angel the Bulldog sent in by Jack - Many Thanks
This is Angel when she was 8 months old, despite her name she can be a bit of a handful sometimes but she's lovely the best dog I've ever had. She's the most loyal and loving dog you could ever wish to meet. Angel is loved by everyone she comes across and we would love to see a picture of her on your website. Thanks.
Picture of Archie sent in by Paul - Thanks
This is Archie, he is 6 months old. He is crazy!!! - Paul.
Picture of Milly sent in by Kirk - Thanks
Milly at 5 months - she's the best!!!
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These dogs are so cute and chubby me and my family are getting a bulldog we are looking for the perfect bulldog. It is my favourite breed because they are chubby and fun. Keep on breeding
Angel is our favourite by Beth and Emily
My favorite is Daisy-Boy he is so cute! he looks like he's smiling!(=
bulldogs are the best
milly is my favorite. =]
yall need 2 put a bulldog mixed with a chow because that's what my dog bout 2 have