These kind and dignified dogs are short in stature but still well-muscled and strong! English Bulldogs are rather iconic dogs and would make a great companion for many, unless you’re looking for a running partner! With their relatively flat faces, Bulldogs are prone to brachycephalic syndrome and have trouble breathing. Running would be hard for these dogs but they’re still an incredible breed and would be a friend for life.
Developed in the 13th century in England, this breed was originally used in the cruel sport of bull-baiting. The dogs would attack the bull by grabbing it (usually by the nose) and not releasing it. This was considered “entertainment” and some even thought that the beef from a baited bull even tasted better. Luckily, bull-baiting was outlawed in 1835. The bulldog’s popularity declined and the breed should have gone extinct but it had so many admirers, the breed was made into a popular pet and companion! Eventually, bulldogs were bred into tough-looking but very friendly dogs.
These dogs are strong and formidable but walk more with a waddle than a smooth gait. Their short faces are wrinkled and they have a short coat and tail. Bulldogs often stand 12-15 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 40-50 pounds, making them short but heavy dogs. Their coat colors include Brindle, piebald, solid red, fawn, or white.
Bulldogs, unfortunately, face some common health problems; some are directly related to their short faces. They can’t tolerate hot or humid weather and are sensitive to cold temperatures. Because of that, they need to be indoor dogs and should be watched on hot days for heat exhaustion. Their short noses result in respiratory issues, like wheezing, and snoring, and are prone to sleep apnea and stenotic nares (pinched or narrow nostrils).
The good news is that these dogs are relatively easy to care for. While they do tend to drool and snore a lot, they have a low tendency to bark and dig. Bulldogs are laid back and really only need roughly need 30 minutes of exercise each day. But they still need daily walks to be happy and healthy. Their coats need to be brushed regularly and their wrinkles cleaned, as problems arise when food and moisture are caught in the wrinkles.
Ultimately, these dogs are friendly, kind, and loyal, making them great companions. If you’re looking for a couch potato dog that still loves daily walks, a Bulldog might be the dog for you! They have their own set of needs but regular care can make life easy for everyone.