Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): English Bulldog; Bully
Currently ranked by the AKC as one of the top five purebreeds in America, the Bulldog has a lot to recommend it as a potential pet. Calm and stocky, with an amusing face and a shuffling low-slung walk, this lovable breed has transformed its personality since its early days when it was developed in England from the Asiatic mastiff to bait bulls. Its lack of fear and insensitivity to pain meant that it was used not just for bull baiting and dog fighting but even pitted against other animals like lions, bears, and badgers. When this practice was outlawed in the mid-1830s, breeders began to focus on developing a peaceful, friendly, good-natured version of the Bully.
Bulldogs can be somewhat stubborn, but they respond well to patient training.
Appearance / health:
The Bully is a wide, compact, small/medium dog with a thick, enormous, short-faced head. His head should be very broad and his cheeks should extend to the sides of his eyes. His facial skin, including his forehead, falls in dense folds; his muzzle is short; his nose broad with large nostrils and black in color (never brown or liver-colored). His upper lip is overhanging and his lower jaw is obviously undershot. His eyes are wide-set, very dark and very round. His ears, by comparison, are small and slight and are folded back in a shape reminiscent of a rose. He has short, stocky legs that are set squarely at the corners of his body that results in his very recognizable shuffling gait.
The Bully is a very easy breed to groom and her needs are minimal in this area, requiring only an occasional brushing. However, regular bathing of the Bulldog is essential but not to the point that you cause her skin to become dry. Her face should be wiped daily with a damp cloth, taking special care to clean inside her wrinkles. Additional special care must be taken during hot weather to power her folds, wrinkles and under her tail. The Bully is considered an average shedder.
The Bully requires regular, gentle walks but neither requires, needs, nor wants hard exercise. Avoid long walks during periods of extreme heat.
Behavior / temperament:
Despite the rather intimidating appearance of the Bulldog, he is one of the gentlest breeds of dog; and, even though he is gentle, he will chase off an intruder. His nature should be reasonable, gentle, brave and steadfast; his character dignified and appeasing. All of these qualities of character should show on his expressive face and in his actions. He is affectionate and gentle with children, yet also exhibits excellent guarding skills and courage. Bullies are a people-oriented dog and will seek out all the human love and affection they can get; without it, they are unhappy. Because the Bulldog can be, well, bullheaded, they need an owner who understands how to take the alpha position within the family “pack” and show the Bully its place. Together with firm leadership, proper and extensive socialization with both people and other animals beginning early in puppyhood will prevent the development of over-guarding and other aggressive behaviors that can occur when owners allow their Bully to take over as the pack leader. The Bully is a good choice for novice owners, but it is suggested that you have an experienced Bully owner you can call upon for suggestions and advice.
The English Bulldog is rated low in learning; regardless, they are intelligent and down-to-earth dogs, despite their stubborn streak. They will learn best if trained with a gentle, positive reinforcement method and they do retain what they learn.
The bulldog is not considered to be a barker, but they do snort and they snore quite loudly.
good watch/guard dog, great companions, humorous, safe breed, wonderful family pet
health problems, humid weather, Overheats, vet bills, yeast infections, short life expectancy
lazy breeds, dominant behavior, Loveable drool machine, csection, smooth slick coat, big couch potatoes
Looking for a great companion with a face only a mother could love?
A bulldog is one of the most highly recognizable breed of dogs. From their wrinkled faces to their barrel chest, the bulldog is immediately identifiable. Briggs, my bulldog, was an immediate hit in my family and grew into a loving member. He potty trained exceptionally well through crate training. I did some research prior to picking Briggs and had read that the English Bulldog breed could be a little hard headed and disobedient when it came to training. I did not experience this at all. Chewing and nibbling was never an issue. He didn't bark obsessively and jumping on guests never happened. He was trained to stay off the sofa and took to it quickly. I have two children that were babies when Briggs was brought into my family. He was just like having a third child and acted like a human sibling to the kids. Licking faces and running laps around the furniture filled our evenings. The breed is known for being very gentile and a great family pet, an attribute that could not have been truer. Briggs would follow his people everywhere and loved a physical connection point. Not a huge amount of exercise was required and he didn't care for it much anyways. A quick romp around the yard and 10 minutes later he was sprawled out on the floor for a nap.
This breed is known to have sensitive digestion systems. Briggs was put on a veterinarian diet of expensive Blue Buffalo high quality food. I made the mistake once of allowing Briggs to eat some table scraps. A mine field is the memory that comes to mind with a heavy dose of noxious gas. Flatulence was a regular occurrence so be prepared. I did not experience any major health related issues, but I was told to keep Briggs on a strict diet to watch his weight and to take care of cleaning his wrinkles to prevent skin issues which bulldogs can be prone to. Shedding was a little worse than what I anticipated with this breed. When I would sweep the floors, I couldn't believe that Briggs had any hair left on him judging by the size of the pile. Wearing black clothes before work is not something to be recommended without access to a lint roller. He also thought he was a lap dog and at 55 pounds would make cuddling pretty uncomfortable.
Even with these very minor issues, Briggs has been the best and most loving dog I have owned. He is truly a missed member of the family and was an experience I would live over and over again..
From mitsurs01 Sep 18 2015 9:45AM
Hard e-collars are THE best way to prevent your pet from messing up their incision site
Hard e-collars are very effective at keeping dogs' mouths off their incision sites. These are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing incision site complications. I send every surgery patient home with an e-collar. These surgical procedures are often performed on younger patients that are very prone to trying to lick their incision sites..
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Does Not Work to Teach a Dog to Heel
Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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