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General Information - Bulldog


Group:
Non Sporting

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
8-10 years

Exercise:
Very low

Grooming:
Low

Trainability:
Low

Watchdog Ability:
Very low

Protection Ability:
Low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1200s

Other Names:
English Bulldog

Original Function:
Bull baiting



History

The Bulldog's heritage lies in England where it descended from the Alaunt, which was a Mastiff-type dog. The Bulldog got its name because it was an apt cattle driver as well as a hunter of wild boar. From the 13th Century on, the breed's qualities were specifically bred so that it was an able contestant in bull-running, bull-baiting and pit fighting. When all of these activities were banned, the Bulldog's status would have dwindled had it not been for the efforts of a few staunch Bulldog-loving fanciers. The Bulldog Club held fast to the breed and it was among one of the first few recognised by the English Kennel Club in 1873. The breed has been popular in North America since the end of the 19th Century. The Bulldog fits in well just about anywhere. His lovable personality makes him a good family pet.

Temperament

The Bulldog is a friendly and good natured dog. Gentle and mellow, the Bulldog is very good with children and strangers. Some Bulldogs may be aggressive with strange dogs, but generally gets along well with other pets.

Upkeep

The Bulldog appreciates a daily outing but cannot tolerate hot humid weather. It should not be expected to jog or walk great distances, or to jump from any heights. Most bulldogs cannot swim. Most bulldogs wheeze and snore, and some drool. Coat care is minimal, but facial wrinkles and any folds around the tail should be cleaned daily.