The Bulldog is a medium-sized stocky, muscular dog with a distinctive wide head with loose folds of skin on the muzzle.
The Bulldog was originally developed in the 1800s and was used to bait bulls.
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.
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.
The breed comes in a wide variety of colours including:
Height bitch around 61cms
Height dog around 69cms
Weight (kilos) bitch around 23kgs
Weight (kilos) dog around 25kgs
The Bulldog requires around an hour of exercise every day.
Not recommended. The Bulldog requires a competent and experienced owner.
Short and sleek, the fur lies close to the body.
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.
The Bulldog is a fairly healthy dog, but do consult your breeder on known health issues recorded in the breed including:
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.
A healthy dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 8 years.
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.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: