Bulldog Dog Breed

Dog Group: Non-Sporting Group

Class: Non-Sporting


Bulldog Dog Breed

The Bulldog is a small, stout and compact dog, with a large, broad head. The coat is short, smooth and tight-fitting, and comes in a variety of colors including: red, yellow, brindle, fawn, white and combinations of these shades. The nose of the Bulldog is black, wide and with large nostrils, and its muzzle is short and snout-like. The skin on the head and face of the Bulldog is deeply folded, and this breed has dark, round eyes set wide apart. The ears are small and set slightly back, and the Bulldog has a short, low-set tail. This breed is by no means considered the best looking in the world, but has a certain charm and character.


The Bulldog is actually known to be a very gentle, loyal and affectionate breed, with a love of company and a craving for attention. This small dog has bags of courage is know to make an excellent guard dog. The Bulldog is good with children and other animals, although dominant individuals may not take kindly to strange dogs approaching. Strong, reliable, loving, loyal and brave are just a few words that describe this breed.

Height and Weight

The Bulldog is a sturdy little animal, and males can reach 53 pounds in weight. Females are not far off at 49-51 pounds. The Bulldog averages around 12-16 inches in height.

Common Health and Behavioral Problems

As with other short-muzzled dogs, the Bulldog can suffer from wheezing, breathing difficulties and snoring. They are also sensitive to extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and are at risk from heat stroke if left in high temperatures. This breed suffers with poor vision, and is also at risk from skin infections and knee or hip problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

Like many other short-haired dogs, this breed in sensitive to extreme temperatures, and is definitely an indoor dog. The Bulldog is very adaptable and will happily live in an apartment, providing he receives plenty of exercise.

Exercise Requirements

The average Bulldog is energetic, but can also be lazy. You should ensure that your Bulldog gets regular exercise, but keep this moderate/gentle due to his breathing difficulties. Don’t opt for strenuous exercise, as this could prove dangerous for him.

Diet and Nutrition

This breed can be lazy and greedy given had the chance. You should therefore monitor food and exercise levels carefully. It may also be a good idea to ask your vet about supplements for your dog to keep his skin healthy, as this breed is prone to skin problems. Fresh water should always be made available to your dog.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Bulldog is only around eight years. However, you can help to maximize on his life span by ensuring that he has a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Grooming Requirements

The short coat of the Bulldog does not require massive grooming, and you can maintain the sleekness and smoothness with regular brushing. Only bath when necessary, as this breed is prone to skin problems which could be exacerbated with regular bathing as this can strip the skin of essential oils. You should take care to check the eyes for signs of infection or any problems. And clean the folds of the facial skin on a daily basis to keep them free from debris and bacteria.


The Bulldog originates from Great Britain, and was traditionally used as a fighting dog amongst other things. The Bulldog was bred to be ferocious, and to make a worthy fighting opponent for great beasts such as bulls, bears and other dogs. The have also been used to hunt, guard and bait. These days, the Bulldog is a popular family pet and a proud show dog breed. The Bulldog was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1934.

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