BULLDOG DOG BREED
Commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or the British Bulldog, this dog did not lose its popularity over the years. Although originally dogs of this breed were used in bull-baiting, they are surprisingly affectionate. When bull-baiting was outlawed in 1835, Bulldogs nearly went extinct. Luckily, a group of Bulldog admirers rescued the breed and made them less fierce and more caring. They remain a national dog of England. The Bulldog was officially recognized by the American Kannel Club in 1886.
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 40-55 pounds Lifespan: 8-10 years
The Bulldog is stocky, but incredibly muscular and powerful dog, with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. This dog breed is extremely fond of human attention, so they make excellent companions for children and adults. In addition, the Bulldog gets on well with other dogs and cats. This is a reliable, loving and affectionate breed. Comparable Breed: Bull Terrier and French Bulldog.
The Bulldog is very confident and can exhibit dominant behavior, therefore it is necessary to set the rules from the early age. This breed gets greatly attached to its family and is ready to give all its love and attention, and of course, expects to receive the same in return.
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The Bulldog has very short hair. The hair is smooth, straight, close-fitting to the body and very pleasant to the touch. Shedding is of medium intensity, so you can use rubber brush or a fine comb in order to remove the excess hair. The muzzle and skin folds require daily attention.
The Bulldog breed is considered to be one of the least healthy breeds, they’re prone to Cherry Eye, Dry Eye, Entropion, Inverted Or Reverse Sneezing, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Hip Dysplasia, Tail Problems, Patellar luxation, Demodectic mange and Head Shakes. The Bulldog has a life expectancy of 6 to 12 years. Their life expectancy is low.
Bulldogs do things their way, so training can be a challenge. They require a firm hand and consistent training. Since the Bulldog itself is quite passive, it does not need too frequent physical activity. Even though they look cute with all those wrinkles, Bulldogs are incredibly tough and make great guards. In order to learn good manners, the Bulldog needs a persistent owner.
The Bulldog does not require a large amount of physical training but enjoys going outdoors for a brief walk. Dogs of this breed get tired easily and they need to have drinking water at their disposal. Generally, Bulldogs are suited for apartments, as they are extremely lazy breed. The English Bulldog prefers chilliness, so if you`re living in warmer climates, this dog breed might not be the right dog for you.
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