The English Bulldog was bred in England and it is the result of a cross between the Mastiff and the Pug. Primarily, they were used for bull-baiting – a sport which was very popular in the 17th century. Bull – baiting consisted in placing a bull in a specially constructed ring and tied to an iron stake so that it could not move outside of an area larger than 30 feet and the role of the dog was to immobilize the bull. But today` s English Bulldog is the result of the crossing the original Old English Bulldog with the pug. That is why the bulldog that we see today looks tough and cannot any longer perform the job for which it was primarily created for.
A bulldog can easily be recognized by its thick shoulders and its matching head: a brow which is made of thick folds of skin, the eyes are round and black but far apart, a short muzzle right above the nose, dropping lips and pointy teeth. The body is covered with short, flat and sleek hair and its color can go from red, fawn, to white and even brindle. The tail of the bulldog does not need to be cut soon after birth as another important characteristic of this breed is the naturally short and curly tail. The size of a bulldog can differ. For example in the USA the size of a typical mature male is somewhere around 50 pounds, while the mature females can reach up to 45 pounds. On the hand, in the United Kingdom, the average male weights 55 pounds and the female only 50 pounds.
When speaking about the temperament of the English Bulldog, you should know that they are docile and despite the fact that they might look a bit fat, you will be surprised to find out that they are fast movers over short distances. They are adorable, friendly, loveable but sometimes willful. Due to the fact that they are extremely friendly they are proper for a family with children. They also tend to get along well with other dogs or pets. Bulldogs are perfect for either a flat or a small yard but you should know that they are so attached to their home that they would never go outside of the yard all by themselves.
The English Bulldog is prone to interdigital cysts, certain allergies or hip and joint issues. In order to avoid unwanted infections caused by moisture accumulation, you should clean the folds daily. They are also extremely sensitive to heat that is why during summer they should be kept in a shady place and be given more water.
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