Originating from the Asiatic Mastiff, the Bulldog was first bred in the UK and was originally intended to compete in the then fashionable bloody bull-baiting competition. Then dogs of this breed began to be used for hunting bears and other large predatory animals, in particular – lions. In the 19th century, purebred Bulldogs became very few in number due to legislation that outlawed this brutal sport. And today the Bulldog is a good-natured family companion and a show dog.
Bulldogs are medium-sized, heavy, and squat dogs. They are strong, kind, brave and very sweet. This is not at all cruel and not aggressive breed, as one might understand from their intimidating appearance. The bulldog has a passive behavior, he has both undoubted inner dignity and a sophisticated sense of humor.
It is a loyal, extremely gentle breed and deeply loyal to its family. Bulldogs are reliable, polite, and very good at negotiating with children. They get along well with the pets they grew up with, but they can show ferocious behavior towards unfamiliar dogs and try to intimidate them in every possible way. In order for the Bulldog to be happy and well, he desperately needs human care and attention. The Bulldog can be an excellent watchdog, but will only bark when needed. As for food, the Bulldog is a great owner in this regard, so you should not feed him in the presence of children or other pets.
Wool and care
The Bulldog’s coat is close and close to the body, it is straight, short, glossy, and smooth. Small hairs do not bristle or curl, no frills. The color can be red, striped red, pure white, fawn, reddish yellow, piebald, and all shades of striped brown. Shedding – medium intensity. It is recommended to regularly brush the Bulldog with a thick bristle brush. Bathe your dog or use dry shampoo for cleaning only when necessary. Bulldogs tend to drool often, so they need to wipe their muzzle at least daily. Difficulty breathing, vision problems, dysplasia of the knee and elbow joints are typical diseases for this breed. Bulldogs do not tolerate anesthesia well. Since dogs of this breed have too large a head, it is quite often necessary to use a cesarean section during childbirth. Bulldogs suffer from the vagaries of the weather and are susceptible to heatstroke. Finally, these dogs often have problems with the digestive system.
With the Bulldog, it is necessary to conduct early socialization and obedience training. He can be somewhat “on his own mind” and very stubborn, therefore it is important to show the dog “who is the boss” from an early age. However, this should not be done by rude or arbitrary methods, but to conduct classes with the dog on the basis of firmness, fairness, patience, consistency, praise and reward.
In order for the Bulldog to maintain his shape, he needs daily physical activity. It is enough to regularly take the dog for a walk on a reliable leash. In general, Bulldogs are happy to take part in all family activities. Dogs of this breed are well suited for keeping in an apartment, condominium and any other urban housing. Bulldogs behave very calmly indoors, they do not need a yard for walking.