The Bulldog, in spite of its rough and fierce appearance, is actually a loving dog, especially with children. Because of its physical strength and the strength of its jaws it was indiscriminately used as a fighting dog, a practice that, although it has diminished a lot, unfortunately it is still practiced today.
In general, the bulldog is a strong dog, which does not require much attention. However, they should not be subjected to extreme temperatures and care should be taken to provide them with an adequate diet, as they are very prone to overweight.
Photos of Bulldog Dogs
Characteristics of the bulldog
The bulldog’s coat is short, soft, smooth and shiny. Its skin is soft and loose. Its head is covered with wrinkles and a loose, protruding dewlap protrudes from its throat to its chest.
Bulldogs can have a variety of colors such as red brindle, solid red and black (which is rare). Also, fawn or fallow colors include: cream or pale fawn, light fawn, pale yellow or yellow-red. They may also have spots or patches of two or more colors.
12 to 15 inches from ground to shoulder
Between 40 Lb and 50 Lb
From 8 to 12 years
Types of Bulldog Dogs
There are several types of Bulldogs. Among these we find:
- English Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- American Bulldog
Bulldogs adapt well to living in apartments or small houses. They are a loving dog, suitable for any owner, even if they are novice in dealing with dogs of this breed, or any dog in general. They are very sensitive dogs, so be careful with scolding. Practice positive reinforcement in their training. You can leave him alone for a while but do not abuse this practice, remember that every dog needs your attention.
The bulldog is affectionate with all members of the family, including children and the elderly. However, he is not friendly with other dogs, so always be aware of his interaction, either because you have other pet dogs or when you pass by other dogs when giving him a walk in the park. He is also friendly with strangers, unless it is an intruder.
Training a bulldog can be a difficult task as it is a dog that requires more patience, more time and more repetition to understand and obey commands. The bulldog is not a dog that excels in intelligence and training skills. The bulldog is not the typical dog that is expectant of every insect or animal that approaches it to hunt it, however, it is wary of other dogs that threaten its territory, so socialization will be an aspect to reinforce in its training. On the other hand, it is a dog that has a great tendency to howl and bark. For more information on training your dog go to: How to train your dog?
The bulldog, although not a very energetic dog, is playful and cheerful in a general sense. Its level of intensity can be classified as medium when compared to other dogs, so it does not need high degrees of exercise. However, at least one walk a day will do him good, taking into account that he is a dog very prone to overweight.
Temperament of the bulldog
The bulldog is stubborn and learns more slowly than other dogs, however, it is a sweet and affectionate dog with all members of the family. It tends to get along well with children.
It is a courageous dog, which impresses with its rough physical appearance, making it an excellent watchdog.
For a better adaptation to the family environment it is appropriate to teach them to socialize from puppyhood; subject them to interaction with many different people and experiences; take them for frequent walks to places where they interact with other dogs and crowds of people, traffic and noise….
Due to their capricious nature, in their training one must be perseverant and patient. There is a strong hereditary component in their temperament, so knowing their parents can be important when choosing the right puppy for you.
Health of Bulldogs
Like all purebred dogs, bulldogs are susceptible to a group of breed-specific diseases. This does not mean that just because they are bulldogs your dog will suffer from any of them, but you should be alert to the slightest symptom to take appropriate measures.
Below we list a group of diseases to which the bulldog is susceptible:
Brachycephalic syndrome: This is a disorder typical of dogs with short heads, narrow nostrils or elongated soft palates. Their airways become obstructed to varying degrees and can cause anything from noisy or labored breathing to total airway collapse. Dogs with this syndrome often wheeze. Treatment includes oxygen therapy and surgery to widen the nostrils or shorten the palate.
Head jerking. This is an involuntary movement of the head from side to side or up and down, often suddenly and violently. This condition may be related to stress and hypoglycemia. If the tremor does not appear to be related to stress or overexcitement, you should take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible to make sure he is not in pain.
Cherry eye: This is a condition in which the gland under the third eyelid protrudes and looks more like a cherry in the corner of the eye. The most common solution is surgical.
Dry eye: This condition occurs when the creation of tears, which are vital for cleansing the eyes, is not normal. Signs include a dry appearance or a blue haze in the eye. It is treated with medication and is usually effective.
Entropion: This is a condition in which the eyelashes turn inward and rub against the eye, causing irritation. Treatment is surgical.
Demodectic mange. Also called demodicosis, caused by the demodex mite. Patches of red, scaly skin with hair loss may appear on the head, neck and front legs. It is usually a disease that affects more puppies, which is transmitted by the mother at the time of birth. Sometimes it disappears on its own, however the most appropriate thing to do is to submit your puppy to a treatment that will alleviate it as soon as possible. For more information consult: Scabies in Dogs
The generalized demodectic mange variant covers the entire body and affects puppies and adults alike. The dog develops skin patches, baldness and skin infections all over the body.
Hip dysplasia. This is an inherited condition in which the femur does not fit perfectly into the hip joint. There are drug treatments for this condition and as a last resort also surgery.
Tail problems: Some Bulldogs have screw tails, inverted tails or other types of tails that can cause some skin problems. You should keep your Bulldog’s tail clean and dry to prevent infection.
Patellar luxation. This condition is common in dogs of short stature. It occurs when the kneecap is not aligned correctly. This causes lameness in the leg or the dog does not walk normally but gives the impression of jumping with each step. The friction caused by patellar luxation can lead to arthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Severe degrees of patellar luxation may require surgical repair.
Bulldog Dog Care
Bulldogs are not very active or energetic dogs, especially if kept in small spaces such as apartments. They tend to tire quickly after a play or training session. However, taking them for walks or exercising outdoors is good for their health, considering that they are very prone to being overweight.
They do not tolerate extreme temperatures well. When bathing them, the water should be neither too cold nor too hot. It is best to keep them in a cool place, where they have constant access to fresh drinking water.
As they are short-limbed dogs they are not good swimmers, so be cautious if there is a pool in your house or if you are at the beach.
They are stubborn and slow learners but with patience and dedication you can get an obedient dog out of them. They are susceptible dogs, so do not subject them to punishments, always use positive reinforcement in their training.
How to groom a bulldog?
The bulldog is a short and smooth-haired dog that does not tend to shed a lot of hair; therefore, it is enough to brush him once a week. Wipe his face with a damp cloth every day, making sure to clean the inside of his wrinkles as well as his eyes to remove any lint that may remain.
Also wash his nose and apply a mild, alcohol-free cream to keep it soft and prevent it from drying out and flaking.
You should trim his nails periodically to prevent him from hurting them or damaging his skin by scratching. Once a month will be enough.
Brush his teeth at least three times a week to avoid tartar buildup.
How to feed a bulldog?
The amount of food to feed an adult dog will depend on several factors such as: its size, its weight, its age, the level of exercise it is subjected to and if it has any underlying disease.
In the case of the bulldog the standard recommended amount for an adult dog is 1/2 to 2 cups of a high quality food per day, divided into two meals. This can be a high quality feed that contains sufficient protein and vitamins for the proper functioning of its body.
Keep in mind that the Bulldog is prone to gain weight easily, so you should keep a good balance of their diet and never overdo it with the doses.
If you are not sure if your dog is overweight, do a practical test: Place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, fingers extended downwards. You should be able to feel his ribs without having to press hard. If you do not feel his ribs just by palpating then it is a symptom of obesity, so you should reduce the doses of his food and subject him to more physical exercises.
For more information on the types of dog food: dry food, wet food, feed, canned food, homemade food, fruits, vegetables as well as food supplements go to How to feed a dog?
What is the price of a bulldog puppy?
The price of a bulldog puppy will depend on the type of bulldog you want to buy, as well as where you buy it from. If you buy from a reputable breeder your dog will be more expensive, however, this is recommended to ensure that you are getting a legitimate dog and to reduce the likelihood of hereditary diseases.
The average price of an English bulldog puppy is around $1600 dollars. This price may vary depending on the dog’s pedigree, vaccinations, etc.
In Latin America the prices are quite similar. In Mexico, for example, acquiring an English bulldog in a pet store can be more expensive, but if it is bought in a kennel the price oscillates around $30 000 mxn, equivalent to approximately $1400 usd.
In the case of the French bulldog the average price of a puppy is between $1500 and $3000 usd, however, if it is a dog with an exceptional lineage it can be worth up to $10000 usd.
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