Bulldog – Characteristics Temperament Health and Training



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Bulldog was created in England in the mid-1500s to participate in blood sports such as bull-baiting. They were bred to be strong and stocky with a large head and neck and wide shoulders and chests and an undershot jaw so they could grip and hold onto the bull’s nose. Bulldogs were also bred to be tenacious and courageous in order to face down a bull.

Physical Characteristics

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Bulldogs are a sturdy, stocky breed with a large head and wide shoulders. They have a short, thick coat that can be any color including brindle, red, white, or fawn. Bulldogs have an undershot jaw which gives them their characteristic “pug” face. They weigh between 40-55 pounds and stand about 12-14 inches tall at the shoulder.


Bulldogs are known for being courageous and tenacious but they can also be quite docile and friendly. They make great family dogs and do very well with children. Bulldog is a breed that does not require much exercise and enjoys just hanging out. Bullies love their people but can be slow to warm up to strangers and maybe aggressive towards other animals.


The Bulldog is susceptible to several health problems including hip dysplasia, heart disease, respiratory problems, cherry eye, and blood disorders such as anemia. Bulldogs are also prone to overheating so they must always wear a coat when outdoors in hot weather. This breed’s breathing difficulties can cause excessive snoring which may annoy some people, but usually, it doesn’t bother the dog. Bulldogs typically live for 8-12 years.

Bulldog is also susceptible to Bulldog brachycephalic syndrome, which includes obesity and breathing problems.

Bulldogs love food so much that they are prone to becoming obese. Bulldog owners must be diligent in monitoring their dog’s food intake and ensuring they get enough exercise.


Bulldogs don’t require a lot of exercises but they do need to be taken on regular walks. They also need to be groomed regularly to keep their coat healthy and free from mats. Bulldogs should not be given too many treats or they can become overweight which can lead to health problems. Bulldog is a breed that doesn’t require extensive training but they do need to be socialized early on so they can become accustomed to new people and animals.


Bulldogs are typically quite easy to train as they are intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement. Bullies love food rewards so using treats as a training tool is a great way to motivate them. Bulldogs may be slow to housebreak so patience is the key. Crate training can also be helpful in this process. They should not be trained to fight or play tug-of-war as this can lead to aggression.

Also, Bulldog can be a snorer. Bulldog is also prone to overheating so they must always wear a coat when outdoors in hot weather.

Thank you for reading this article about the characteristics of Bulldogs. This breed has many great qualities but it does have some health concerns that are important to be aware of. If you’re considering adding a Bulldog to your family, make sure you do lots of research on these dogs before deciding if this is the right breed for you or not.

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