We have to admit that bulldogs get a bad rap but the truth is, they couldn’t be a more gentle and loving breed. Read this guide to learn more about this misunderstood breed and decide whether or not it is the right dog for your home.
The bulldog is a medium dog weighing in at a max of about 40 or 50 pounds. They will grow to be around 1 foot tall at the shoulders. Their coat is short, fine and smooth and his skin is loose and soft, particularly around the neck and shoulders.
Their fur can come in a wide variety of colors including red, white, gold/tan, cream, yellow, or patched with two or more colors.
Bulldogs were originally bred to perform in a bloody and violent sport called bullbaiting. The sport involved the dog biting down onto a bull’s nose and shaking it roughly. It was done to tenderize the bull meat.
However, the practice has been banned for nearly 200 years now and since then the bulldog has become much smaller and lighter than its bullbaiting ancestors. Considering their large, muscular build that might sound surprising but it is true.
After it was outlawed, breeders began breeding out aggressive tendencies and instead breeding for a sweet, affectionate companion dog. In the end, he retained his fighter appearance but replaced his temperament with that of a gentle, patient friend.
The biggest downside of a bulldog today is that they do tend to learn a bit slower than other breeds so it’s important to start training early and be as consistent as possible (but still expect all training to take longer with a bulldog than you would need for other breeds).
Unfortunately one of the greatest drawbacks of the bulldog is that it is prone to quite a few health problems. Here are some of the main ones that might afflict your bulldog:
Here are some basic guidelines for providing the proper care for your bulldog:
For training, always expect it to take a little longer than the time that is usually stated as average. For example, most breeds can usually be potty trained fully by 4 to 6 months. A bulldog might take until 7 months (or even a full year).
While training, we recommend sticking to predominantly positive reinforcement. These are gentle and affectionate dogs that will respond better to reward than punishment. However, mild punishments can be used for stopping behaviors as long as you do it appropriately. But focus on consistent, positive training methods.
Don’t let their violent reputations fool you. Bulldogs are some of the sweetest and most loving dogs out there. They are a great indoor pet since they are pretty low energy (and they don’t handle heat or cold well so they should be kept indoors). While they may be prone to quite a few health problems, we think the love and joy they will bring to your life is worth taking the risk.