When you look into the face of a bulldog, you see a pair of sad eyes and droopy jaws. But for many people, it is exactly this dog's appearance that accounts for its popularity. When you add to that appearance a sweet and gentle temperament, it's easy to understand why these dogs are so popular.
Originally, this breed was created to help butchers slaughter bulls. These dogs have a tenacious nature about them. It is for this reason that some people turned their dogs into bull baiters. Thankfully, this vicious sport was outlawed, which allowed people that loved the breed to begin breeding only the sweetest dogs. When you approach one of these dogs today, you'll find them sociable and friendly animals. When it comes to companionship, few dogs compare to the bulldog.
While the Bulldog is a medium sized dog, don't let that size deceive you. It is still very powerful. Usually, these dogs weigh between 40 and 50 pounds and stand 12 to 16 inches high. It's body is squat, with a flat forehead and large jaws. This breed has dark, gentle eyes. Some have corkscrew tails, but they can also have straight tails. In terms of life expectancy, the average is 8 to 10 years.
The American Kennel Club classifies this breed as a member of the Non-Sporting Group. The bulldog's purpose is to be devoted companions, and they are very devoted.
The Bulldog is an ideal pet for apartment owners because they are very low energy and do not need to spend a lot of time exercising. Of course, they still enjoy taking a leisurely morning walk with their owners.
Like any breed, of course, the Bulldog has a few flaws. When you live with one, you may feel as though you are back at collage, living in a frat house. This breed will snore, drool, and pass gas frequently. If there is food involved, one of these typically sweet natured dogs will sometimes bully other dogs.
This breed can be quite powerful despite their size. For this reason, it will be much easier for you if you start training your dog as a puppy. Although they are not always quick learners, these dogs luckily are eager to please their owners. In fact, some can be so slow that they cannot understand even the simplest commands until they are six months old.
Important Health Considerations for Bulldogs
This breed loves to eat. For this reason, the Bulldog has a bit of a reputation as a chow hound. Do not, however, let your dog overeat. Obesity can lead to serious health problems.
Other health problems these charmers face are allergies, hip dysplasia, eye problems, and breathing problems.
These dogs can overheat easily, which can prove fatal. So it's especially important for Bulldog owners to be careful to keep their dogs out of the sun. This breed is prone to breathing problems so they should never be walked using a choke collar. Use a harness. It will help you prevent their already small tracheas from being damaged.
Because of their short coats, these dogs need very little grooming. However, the wrinkles on their face require careful cleaning. It's important to keep their wrinkles clean. If you do not keep their wrinkles clean, he could develop skin infections, not to mention a nasty odor.
Bulldogs are friendly, sociable dogs. So if you want a loving family pet and can overlook the fact that your little guy is a bit odoriferous, then a Bulldog may just be the right breed for you.
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