Few breeds are as easily recognized as the Bulldog, with his wrinkled mug, distinctive underbite and Churchillian jowls. Sometimes referred to as the English or British Bulldog, although there are French and American bulldogs as well. If you’re talking about personality and temperament, the Bulldog is just about a perfect, gentle family companion. He loves children and is very easy to train as a family pet. He’s an endless source of amusement, clever and very affectionate. He’s also an attention magnet everywhere he goes. Welcome to Animal Facts, today we discuss the universal mascot, the rollicking family canine, the Bulldog. Let’s get started.
10. Many U.S. Commanders in Chief have owned pets during their stints in the White House, but only one had an English Bulldog. That would be No. 29, Warren G. Harding. The dog’s name is somewhat mysterious. He is variously listed a Old Boy, Oh Boy and O’Boy. At any rate, he was decidedly overshadowed in popularity by Harding’s famous Airedale Terrier, Laddie Boy.
9. Brigitte, the bulldog who plays Stella on Modern Family, has the distinction of being the first bulldog to win a Golden Collar award. She beat out dog performers from Chelsea Lately, Hot in Cleveland, Entourage, and Suburgatory. She also beat out the only human competitor, Jason Gann, the star of Wilfred.
8. Over 80 percent of bulldogs are delivered by Caesarean section. Having been bred with such large heads precludes most bulldog pups from being delivered naturally. Hence, Pedigreed bulldog puppies are not cheap, and a puppy from a reputable breeder will cost you, but he’s worth it.
7. Many celebrities own bulldogs including Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Ashley Olsen, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Martha Stewart. In fact, bulldogs are the most popular dog breed in Los Angeles.
6. Bulldogs have suffered the most airline deaths due to their respiratory/heat regulation issues, and many airlines now ban them from flights. If you do need to fly with your bulldog and get airline clearance, be sure you have cool water and other cooling methods available to keep your pet safe.
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5. Olde English bulldogs can jump up to seven feet in the air. Be sure to give these pets plenty of fetch time!
4. Once bull baiting was banned in England, bulldogs were suddenly not needed. It seemed like this breed’s days were numbered, but lovers of the dog saw potential. Fanciers began to breed the dogs to have kinder and gentler demeanors. Some bulldogs were brought to Germany and the United States, where they worked as herding dogs. Others stayed in England as companions.
3. English Bulldogs are one of the most frequently seen school mascots in America, and easily the most popular dog breed used as a mascot. Nearly 40 universities around the country name their sports teams after the breed, and that’s not including the countless smaller colleges, high schools, and middle schools also cheering, “Go, Bulldogs!”
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2. England loves the bulldog; they’re even considered the national breed. In fact, in World War II propaganda, England was frequently portrayed as a tough-looking bulldog (Germany, meanwhile, was a dachshund, and the United States was represented by an American pit bull). Winston Churchill was often called the “British Bulldog” thanks to his demeanor (and possibly also his looks).
1. Otto the skateboarding bulldog broke the Guinness World Record for “Longest Human Tunnel Traveled Through by a Skateboarding Dog.” The talented canine soared under the legs of 30 people in Lima, Peru, in honor of Guinness World Records Day 2015.
Well, there you have it. Ten fascinating facts about the universal mascot, the Bulldog. Are there any facts we missed? Sure there are. He’s a fascinating creature. Let us know some fun facts in the comments below.