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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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