Before beginning the
process of adopting a bulldog, consider whether or not an English
Bulldog is the right dog for your family and your lifestyle. Bulldog
ownership requires daily commitment to meet particular needs,
unlike other breeds. They are "people" oriented
dogs who thrive in a loving and nurturing environment where they
will be thought of as a real member of their family.
Bulldogs can be prone
to numerous health issues. Common conditions may include an
elongated soft palate, a small trachea, allergies, various skin
issues, eye lid abnormalities, cherry eye ,hip dysplasia, and orthopedic
problems. If you are adopting an older bully many of these
conditions will already have been identified.
Bulldogs are extremely intolerant
of the heat. They must be kept in an air conditioned area
when the outside temperature is over 70 degrees, with very limited
outdoor activity. They are not usually capable of prolonged physical
activity whether the temperature is hot or cold. Bulldogs are not
for someone who enjoys taking a dog for long brisk walks. They
also have problems swimming because of their body shape and density,
and can sink and drown if left unattended near a pool.
Although many Bulldogs enjoy
sunbathing, few are wise enough to realize they have reached
or exceeded their level of heat tolerance.
A Bulldog's body temperature can rise to a critical point in the
absence of ANY physical activity. Without emergency intervention,
death due to heat exposure could be imminent. This
risk obviously applies also to dogs who are left in a car during
Bulldogs tend to have
breathing problems as their flat face restricts air and interferes
with the body's ability to cool itself. Because of this they must
be closely monitored in hot weather as they can suffer heat stroke more
easily than breeds with long noses. In addition, many bulldogs
also suffer breathing difficulties as a result of an elongated
palate which can all too easily obstruct their airway. The elongated
palate can be surgically correected, but if left untreated, it can
yield trademark breathing and snoring difficulties characteristic
of the breed. Excessive panting in a Bulldog can lead to the irreversible "collapse" of
Because of the large heads in proportion to body
size, baby bulldogs are usually delivered by cesarean section. Natural
birth can result in the loss of the pups and can be too strenuous on the mother.
Contrary to classic cartoon parodies
and nicknames of the breed, such as 'Sour-Puss" that depicted a
ferocious bulldog wearing a spiked dog collar, the bulldog is a gentle
breed and gets along well with humans, including children, and usually
with other dog breeds.
The reputation of being ferocious was true during the days of bullbaiting,
but the aggressive tendencies were bred out of them by the time of
the second world war .
Bulldogs are very friendly and playful, while also being stubborn
A bulldog is great for houses as well as apartments, due to the
little exercise they require, especially as adults. Nonetheless,
puppies may be destructive until reaching maturity.
The term "bulldog" was first used around 1500 and might
have been applied to various ancestors of modern bulldog breeds.
In the 1600s,
bulldogs were used for bullbaiting , a wagering sport popular in
the 17th century in which trained bulldogs leapt at a bull tethered
to a post, latched onto its snout and attempted to suffocate it.
The practice of bullbaiting was banned in England in 1835.
After bullbaiting was banned, the breed began to die out (known
as the Old English Bulldog) until fans turned to conformation dog
shows. Just a few years later, in 1864 , a club was organized to
enhance the breed.
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