All About English Bulldogs
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The English Bulldog is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 12 to 15 inches inches.
Weight: 50 pounds.
Females – Height: 12 to 15 inches.
Weight: 40 pounds.
English Bulldogs are commonly brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald.
Early breeds of bulldogs were fierce because their main function was to serve as bull baiters that attacked the much larger animal for the entertainment of humans. But after bull baiting was outlawed, English Bulldogs evolved into a happy-go-lucky domestic breed that is generally good-tempered. They often act as comic relief, but beware: They can also be quite stubborn.
English Bulldogs have low energy and among the lowest exercise needs of any breed. This is not the type of dog you want to take on your morning run. Their short legs, heavy bodies and short noses often add up to exhaustion after a short trip around the block. They are not good swimmers.
- English Bulldogs have a fine, glossy coat.
- Their heads and face are heavily wrinkled, and their skin is soft and loose at the neck and shoulders.
- Their facial wrinkles should be cleaned every day, but beyond that they are considered a low-maintenance grooming breed.
8 to 10 years
The most common health concerns for English Bulldogs include canine hip dysplasia, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, shoulder luxation and internalized tail. Entropion, ectropion and distichiasis are less common but still occur within the breed, while urethral prolapse is seen occasionally.
English Bulldogs have a very low tolerance for hot and cold climates, and they prefer to stay indoors with their families. When they are outside in warm climates, they will need to rest frequently and drink additional water to avoid dehydration.
Because they are extremely affectionate, English Bulldogs are great with children. They are also very good with other pets, though they can be shy around other dogs.
- English Bulldogs were used as bull-baiters until 1835, when the practice was outlawed.
- Sometimes they were even set against bears for sport.
- English Bulldogs are often called the national symbol of England, and they remain a popular pet there.