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English Bulldog Dog Breed

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English Bulldog

Alternate Names

British Bulldog
English Bulldog


Body: Short, stocky, low-swung body with a very muscular back, broad shoulders and a strong, broad chest.

Coat: Short, flat, and close with a smooth texture.

Color: Red brindle (and all other brindles), solid white, solid red, fawn.

Ears: Small, rose-shaped, and set high towards the back of the head.

Eyes: Round, dark, wide set and low.

Feet: Round and compact.

Head: Large with a short, broad muzzle, thick flews that hang over the lower jaw and a black nose. The lower jaw sets out from the upper jaw and may show the teeth.

Neck: Short and thick, the neck is as wide as the head and well-arched.

Legs: Forelegs are straight, well-boned and powerful. Hind legs are longer than forelegs and also well-muscled. Both are set wide apart.

Height is 12 – 16 inches (30 – 40cm)
Weight is 40 – 50 pounds (18 – 23kg)

Tail: Short, set low, carried downwards and straight or screw-shaped.

English Bulldog Puppies
English Bulldog Puppies


Recommended for Novice handlers.
Recommended for families with children.

The English Bulldog is a friendly dog, good with children, and considered to be a gentle and loyal family dog, though in some cases, may show signs of aggression. He is usually a quiet sweet-natured dog and not easily disturbed to the point of being provoked.

He has a large, sturdy, stocky build with an abundance of self importance but non-the-less very affectionate and generally well-behaved. If provoked, he will let it be known that he is capable of standing his ground. He can be possessive of his food and should be fed alone and away from other unsuspecting family pets.

Bulldogs can be stubborn and may not respond to your commands as you would like. They are likely to hesitate while considering the command before responding in order to preserve their high self esteem.

Breed Type

AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group

Originally bred and used for bullbaiting and for fighting with bears, badgers, and other animals, including other dogs.

Currently bred for companionship.

Care and Grooming

Exercise: Light exercise is all that is required. A casual daily walk or some playtime in the yard is enough to keep him happy.

Grooming: Brush coat weekly and be sure to keep skin under folds dry and clean to avoid irritations.


Life Expectancy: 7 – 9 Years

A generally healthy dog.

Possible problems:
Cherry Eye
Heart defects
Hip problems (mostly in older dogs)
Low Thyroid

Breathing problems due to their flat face. This can be more problematic in hot weather, possibly leading to Heat Stroke.

Infections due to the build up of moisture under their folds and tail can be avoided by applying powder regularly.

Country of Origin

Originated in England – 1800s

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