Do you have a Bulldog?
Do you wish you had a Bulldog?
Then there are some very fun and interesting facts about this breed you should know about—94, to be exact!
Are you ready to get your brain on the Bulldog train? Be prepared to be totally bow-WOWED!
The History of the Bulldog
1) Bulldogs of the past were bred with a very specific design in mind: fighting.
2) The Bulldog was also bred for their aggression to help butchers control their livestock.
3) The “bull” part of this breed came into play in the 1800’s when these dogs were used in the sport of bull baiting. This brutal practice used two dogs (in competition with each other) with the first one to bring down the bull by the nose being the winner. This practice was later banned in 1835 when the Cruelty of Animal Act was instated.
4) This breed was also used for Bear Baiting where one or more dogs were released on a staked bear.
5) According to Bull-Headed Oldes.com the breed originally had an undershot bite (jaw) to grip and hold its prey and well-developed cheek muscles to give strength to the jaws.
6) All those deep facial wrinkles allowed blood from the quarry or dog to run through and away from the eyes and nose.
7) In the beginning this breed’s setback nose enabled the dog to breathe will taking down prey and the short thick legs enable the Bulldog to creep up and strike quickly.
8) However, the Old English Bulldog was then crossed with a Pug as time progressed. The outcome produced a dog with a shorter, wider body and a brachycephalic (short muzzle) skull.
9) Finally, the infusion of Pug DNA into the Bulldog made this breed more suitable as a canine companion. The result was a more docile and less energetic Bulldog.
10) The Bulldog is thought to have sprang from the Alaunt breed which dates back as far as the 15th century England.
11) Though the Bulldogs of yesteryear were considered to be tenacious, courageous, fearless and vicious, they were also known to be loyal to their owners.
Paws for Personality
12) Are you a couch potato? Do you want a canine companion to hang out with anytime of the day or night? Then the personality of a Bulldog may be just what you are craving.
13) The Bulldog loves to lounge around with its family members and is especially good with children because of its (now) easy-going nature.
14) This breed makes a great watchdog because of its courage. Bulldogs will bark when there’s a situation, but don’t expect them to attack—this was bred out of their temperaments.
15) Bulldogs do not like to be teased, pinched or yelled at (who would?). Teaching children to play nice with this breed will allow the dog to trust, making it a good companion for the entire family.
16) This breed is known for its stubborn nature and being a slow learner, but once he has grasped a command, he will know it forever (whether he will perform it is another story…).
17) Bulldogs are not excessive barkers, so you can put away those earplugs.
18) However, it may snore-up-a-storm.
19) Bulldogs love (or at least tolerate) being dressed up in clothes and costumes! So you can make them exude whatever personality you want, at least for a time.
Sorry…I Can’t Do That!
We may not think of dogs as having limitations—er, well obviously a Great Dane can’t walk under a coffee table or a Chihuahua can’t reach the countertop. But other than the obvious, we tend not to think of pooch-specific limitations. Contrary to popular belief however, there are some things a Bulldog can’t do.
20) Many airlines do not allow Bulldogs on their flights due to the many deaths that have occurred. This is primarily due to the respiratory and heat-regulation issues common in the Bullie breeds.
21) Bulldogs cannot swim! That’s right. They sink like a stone due to their short legs and stocky build. It is also difficult for them to hold their heads above water.
22) This breed should not be exposed to hot temperatures (above 82 degrees Fahrenheit) for long periods-of-time. Their short snouts can cause them to overheat very quickly which can lead to heatstroke.
23) Bulldogs love to eat. For this reason, allowing them to gulp down their food should be avoided. This can cause stomach upset, vomiting and even choking.
Who’s Who in the Bulldog World?
Although the “Bullie” has a number of different dogs that fall under this catch-all title, there are only four main Bulldog breeds: the English Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, French Bulldog and the American Bulldog. Here’s some fun facts on each one.
24) The English Bulldog is medium-size with a heavy, thick-set, low-slung body, a massive short-faced head, wide shoulders and strong legs.
25) The English Bullie male weighs around 55 to 65 pounds (24.9 to 29.5 kilograms). Females are between 45 to 50 pounds (20 to 22.6 kilograms).
26) This breed of Bulldog stands between 31 to 40 inches at the shoulder (78.7 to 101.6 centimeters).
27) The Olde English Bulldog is sturdy, muscular and big-boned, with a powerful, bulky head, a broad muzzle and furrowed brows.
28) The ears of this dog can be upright or hanging. They also have thick, powerful necks and stocky legs.
29) Females of this breed can stand between 18 and 24 inches (45.7 to 61 centimeters) at the shoulder, whereas males can be from 19 to 25 inches (48.3 to 63.5 centimeters) at the shoulder.
30) Male Olde English Bullies are larger at 65 to 130 pounds (29.5 to 59 kilograms) for males, and 60 to 120 pounds (27.2 to 54.4 kilograms) for females.
31) The French Bulldog has a small but substantial build with a powerful muscular body. He sports a short, easy-care coat and large, wide-set, bat-like ears on his roundish head.
32) This dog can stand between 11 and 12 inches (28 to 30.5 centimeters) at the shoulder and weigh between 16 and 28 pounds (7.3 to 12.7 kilograms).
33) The American Bulldog is short-coated, muscular and an athletic animal. They also display great strength, endurance, and agility.
34) Males are characteristically larger, heavy-boned and more masculine than the females, weighing in at 80 to 120 pounds (36.3 to 54.4 kilograms). Females can weigh from 65 to 85 pounds (60 to 38.5 kilograms).
35) The general height of a female is 21 to 25 inches (53.3 to 63.5 centimeters) at the shoulder, while the male will stand between 23 and 27 inches (58.4 to 68.6 centimeters) at the shoulder.
It’s In My Genepool
This breed has been described as a “walking vet bill” and are prone to some very specific genetic problems.
36) Due to its many wrinkles and folds this dog can be affected by many skin conditions.
37) They are prone to a condition called Cherry Eye, where the third eyelid swells and protrudes into the eye. The result is a rosy-red swollen bundle in the corner of your Bullie’s eye.
38) Due to the Bulldog’s short muzzle it can have a syndrome called Brachycephalic Upper-Airway Syndrome, which decreases the dog’s tolerance for exercise.
39) Hip Dysplasia is also an issue. Here the hip bone does not fit properly into the socket.
40) Ingrown or “corkscrew” tail is a vertebral (spine) abnormality found in this breed and may need surgery to correct.
41) English Bulldogs can also be deformed orthopedically. Their abnormal build is a structural defect called Chondrodysplasia (a weakening in the tendons), which predisposes them to bone and joint problems.
Caring for the Bulldog
42) Bulldog puppies should be groomed starting at around 7 or 8 weeks-of-age. This helps them get accustomed to being handled and fussed over. After each grooming session be sure to reward your pup with a dog cookie or a healthy nibble (a bit of cheese, apple, carrot etc.).
43) The good news about Bulldogs is they do not need to be bathed very often – once or twice-a-year is all that is necessary.
44) Infact, too much bathing can strip the natural oils from the breed’s skin, creating dryness, itching and flaking.
45) Your Bulldog will need to have its face washed daily to remove the tear stains however. Hair below the eyes remains wet and produces bacteria and red yeast.
46) If the Bulldog becomes smelly it may be caused by a condition call Seborrhoea. A special medicated shampoo will be needed to treat this.
47) This breed of dog needs regular low-impact exercise from puppyhood to adult. This includes games of fetch, walks around the block or playing at a dog park. However, no doggie aerobics for this pooch!
48) Bulldogs need a balanced diet with a mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, fats and vitamins. Adults usually eat two meals-a-day.
49) The Bulldog has “rose ears” that allows air to circulate through them so minimal washing is necessary.
50) If your Bulldog has a corkscrew tail it may need to be washed thoroughly then dried with some talcum powder to finish. This prevents the skin there from becoming irritated in the hot humid weather.
51) Bulldogs have special needs that should only be looked after by a Bulldog veterinarian with experience and knowledge of this breed.
52) Massaging your Bulldog reduces all its stress, relaxes tired muscles and helps it stay calm and cool.
Training Your Bulldog
Like any breed of dog the Bulldog will need training to learn the ways of the home and any extra stuff you may want to tackle.
53) This breed can be very stubborn and will even sass its owner.
54) “Sass” includes: barking and grumbling when told to do something, hanging onto objects, pestering owners for attention, stealing food, acting out by chewing, or peeing when annoyed with owner.
55) Respect training is highly recommended when teaching a Bulldog. This is done by rewarding the good behaviors and correcting the wrong with a commanding voice.
56) Due to the Bulldogs stubborn nature they should learn the basics of Sit, Stay and Heel. This helps the pet parent have some control over the dog in different situations.
57) Bulldogs often make good watch dogs if trained properly to recognize the difference between a friendly stranger and an intruder.
58) We’ve probably all seen a video of a Bulldog on a skateboard and wonder if it can really be done or is it a rare few? Good news! Most Bulldogs can be taught to skateboard in 11 easy steps.
Believe-It-or-Not Bulldog Facts
Here are some facts about the Bulldog you may not believe!
59) The Bulldog was named fifth most popular breed according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). It lost out to the Beagle, Golden Retriever, the German Shepherd and the Labrador Retriever, respectively.
60) More than 80% of Bulldog puppies are delivered by Caesarean section – its large head makes it difficult for the natural birthing-process.
61) Purebred Bulldogs are not cheap, so a pup from a good reputable breeder may set you back some serious coin, but they’re so worth it!
62) The Olde English Bulldog can jump seven feet in the air! This is due to the strength and power of its back legs.
63) French Bulldogs are known as “Frenchies.”
64) Winston Churchill was known as the “British Bulldog” (he kind of looked like one) but despite the “rumors” he didn’t actually own a Bulldog, but rather a Pug.
65) The English Bulldog is a popular mascot. Almost 40 Universities use this daunting breed to “strike fear” in their opponents.
66) Mack Trucks have used the Bulldog as its official corporate symbol since 1922. In 1932 their chief engineer designed the bulldog hood ornament that appears on each truck today.
67) Breeders are producing smaller Bulldogs called “Minis” or “Pocket Bulldogs.” They usually only weigh around 20 pounds but are not officially recognized by the AKC.
68) The Bulldog is the official mascot of the United States Marines.
69) England’s The Bulldog Club (founded in 1892) is the oldest single-breed specialty club. Its members meet on a regular basis at the Blue Post Pub on Oxford Street in London.
What’s In a Name?
Most pet parents want the perfect name for their new furbaby, whether that be something that rings true to their heart or one steeped in history, fiction and whimsy. A name can “say it all.” Here are some top Bulldog names for you to ponder:
70) Winston after the late, great Winston Churchill.
71) Winnie the female version of Winston or the classic bear (Poo).
72) Bentley the brand name of an exquisite car.
73) Henry a Royal name.
74) Anything with “Sir” in front of it. Sounds classy…try it!
75) Lady very English
76) Ozzy for those that love Ozzy Osbourne
77) Leia from the Star Wars franchise
78) Butch classic Bulldog name from cartoons and more.
79) Rambo ’nuff said!
80) Bulldogs are said to have average intelligence, though a French bulldog named Princess Jacqueline (died in 1934) was claimed to understand and react to 20 words correctly.
81) Bulldogs are the most popular breed in Los Angeles. Movie stars Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Ashely Olsen, Zac Efrom, and Martha Stewart are among the many celebrities who own this breed.
82) A French Bulldog named Gamin de Pycombe was the only dog of this breed on the Titanic. Unfortunately he went down with the ship.
83) Venus was a tough-looking Bulldog that was the mascot for the World War II Royal Navy Destroyer, the HMS Vansittart.
84) The 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, had an English Bulldog as a pet; he is the only President to-date to own this breed. The dog’s name was Old Boy.
Bulldog Bragging Rights on Social Media
Those with Bulldogs love to show them off. And why shouldn’t they? This breed can turn even the grumpiest of souls into a laughing-machine —I dare you not to get lost in their antics. Check out these interesting bulldogs and some of these must-follow social media accounts from some of our readers.
85) This breed is taking the internet by storm with its talent for riding skateboards – just search YouTube and you will be amazed!
86) Bulldogs are Awesome Compilation has over 5 million hits! It is too cute, especially the snoring bulldog.