The Bulldog is a medium-sized stocky, muscular dog with a distinctive wide head with loose folds of skin on the muzzle.

Bulldog breed Group


Size of the Bulldog


Country of Origin

Great Britain

The Bulldog's uses through History

The Bulldog was originally developed in the 1800s and was  used to bait bulls.

Bulldog Breed introduction and overview

The Bulldog virtually became extinct after bull baiting became illegal in the 1830s. Breeder Bill George transformed the breed into the present form, reducing its aggressive nature. The Bulldog is an imposing muscular dog with its characteristic face. The Bulldog is a loyal, friendly companion.

Bulldog temperament

The breed is generally placid, friendly and fun loving in the home, enjoying the company of adults and normally good with children if socialised from an early age. Training and socialisation should be introduced from an early age. Contact with other small pets should be avoided.

Colour varieties of the Bulldog

The breed comes in a wide variety of colours including:

  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Fawn Brindle
  • Fawn Brindle & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Red Brindle
  • Red Brindle & White
  • Red Fawn
  • White
  • White & Brindle
  • White & Fawn
  • White & Red

Size and weight of the Bulldog

Height bitch around 61cms

Height dog around 69cms

Weight (kilos) bitch around 23kgs

Weight (kilos) dog around 25kgs

Exercise requirements of the Bulldog

The Bulldog requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Is the Bulldog a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Not recommended. The Bulldog requires a competent and experienced owner.

Bulldog coat length

Short and sleek, the fur lies close to the body.

Bulldog grooming requirements

Low. The Bulldog requires a weekly brush with a bristle brush or hound glove to add a sheen to the coat. The folds of the skin should be kept clean and dry. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. The Bulldog sheds fur steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Bulldog

The Bulldog is a fairly healthy dog, but do consult your breeder on known health issues recorded in the breed including:

  • Heart problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cherry eye
  • Allergies

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bulldog

A healthy dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 8 years.

Approximate Bulldog pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from £1,000 for a pedigree puppy. Litters are fairly common. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is due. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 4-5 puppies in an average litter. 6,960 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Bulldog would need to be fed each day and weekly cost

A bitch or dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

A bitch or dog weighing 25kgs  will cost around £8 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment