Those of you who subscribe to our newsletter are privy to our monthly breed spotlights. We realized that our blog readers are missing out, so we decided to adapt that feature for the web at large. Our first Breed Spotlight is on the Bulldog!
The broad term “Bulldog” is generally recognized as referring to the English Bulldog. However, there are many types of Bulldogs and many related breeds that make up a family of some of the most iconic and beloved dogs in the world.
History of the Bulldog
The term “Bulldog” comes from the breed’s historical use in bull-baiting. The goal of bull-baiting was to have a dog dart in towards an angry (and usually restrained) bull to try to bite its nose. Due to the need for strength and speed, the breed was developed to be muscular and tough. The distinctive strong lower jaw (sometimes exaggerated enough to be called an under-bite) in the quintessential Bulldog was bred in to help the dogs achieve a grip on the bull once they got close.
Thankfully, the barbaric blood sport of bull-baiting …