Descended from the ancient Asian Mastiffs, and created in Great Britain when the Mastiff?s bulldog descendents were crossed with Pugs, the English Bulldog is a wide and compact breed of dog that has a large head and a look that is said to be intimidating. Although English Bulldogs only grow up to about 16 inches height-wise, they can weigh up to 55 pounds. The average life span for this breed is about eight years. English Bulldogs have a smooth, short coat that does not require excessive grooming. They only need to be bathed when necessary (and because they are mostly indoor dogs, this does not need to happen often). However, extra care is required for their wrinkles to ensure they stay clean and clear of infection.
The majority of English Bulldogs are either red or brindle. Other colors include black, tan and white. The coat tends to stay as one, uniform color which makes brindles and the less common colors in higher demand. English Bulldogs are known for their short muzzle and a large under-bite where the lower jaw extends itself past the upper jaw. One of the most common faces men and women recognize with English Bulldogs is one where the bottom teeth are lying over the front of their mouth. This unique mouth shape provides them with serious strength when clamping down on items. Because of their fierce loyalty to their owners, they make excellent watchdogs. They will bark at any stranger but they will often not attack unless provoked. They are great family pet as they enjoy human companionship. If you are sitting on your couch watching television, don?t be surprised if your English Bulldog is curled next to you. They are amazing with children, but are known for being dominating. Therefore, it is extremely important to train them. And while English Bulldogs are known for being extremely stubborn at times, training is not impossible; you just need to have a little patience.
English Bulldogs need to be exercised regularly as to not gain weight. However, as mentioned, this can be a difficulty if your English Bulldog is being stubborn and plops down not wanting to go anywhere. However, it is imperative to ensure they do not remain completely inactive. Health problems for the breed increase tenfold when they do not get the necessary amount of exercise, for example, their breathing may become more difficult.
Because English Bulldogs are comparatively small in size, they are an ideal breed for small houses and apartments. However, just be prepared for a bit of slobber, drool, and snoring! These three traits are easily classified with this stout breed. They are due to the small windpipes English Bulldogs posses, which can cause breathing problems for them. English Bulldogs also do not do well in warm temperatures because they can get heat stroke. However, really cold temperatures are not ideal as well. Temperate climates work best. Some of the quirks of English Bulldogs? physical nature include flatulence, knee and hip problems, and various skin infections due to the folds in their skin. Always take your English Bulldog for regular vet visits to ensure their health and wellness!