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Bulldog adult male.jpg
Male English Bulldog
Other namesEnglish Bulldog,
British Bulldog
Classification / standards
FCI Group 2, Section 2.1 Molossian: Mastiff type #149 standard
AKC standard
ANKC 2 standard
CKC standard
KC (UK) standard
NZKC standard
UKC standard
NotesNational animal of Britain
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Bulldog, known as the British Bulldog or English Bulldog, is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in England.

Description[change | change source]

These dogs are medium in size, but wide and compact with thick, massive heads. Their muzzle is short and pug. Their coat comes in many colors, including fawn, white, black and brindle. Black is not a desired color in the show ring but not a disqualification. The dog is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The dog's nose is made for it to bite a bull's nose and not let go. Because their stocky legs are set squarely at each corner of the compact, muscular body, the Bulldog's gait has become a waddle.

They are good family pets, known for their courage and their ability to be a good guard dog. Much human attention is needed for a Bulldog to be happy. These dogs do not need much exercise or grooming except for the face, which should be wiped daily in the face folds with a damp cloth. They weigh 53–55 pounds (24–25 kg). They stand 12–16 inches (30–41 cm) at the shoulders.

The bulldog was originally bred to fight bulls during the 1600s.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wilcox, Charlotte (1999). The Bulldog. Capstone Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-7368-0004-4.
  2. "2004 Purebred Dog Health Survey" (PDF). Kennel Club/British Small Animal Veterinary Association. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. O’Neill, D. G.; Church, D. B.; McGreevy, P. D.; Thomson, P. C.; Brodbelt, D. C. (2013). "Longevity and mortality of owned dogs in England" (PDF). The Veterinary Journal. 198 (3): 638–43. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.09.020. PMID 24206631.
  4. "The History of the Name "Bulldog" is Far More Horrifying Than You Can Even Imagine". Ranker. Retrieved June 26, 2020.