Calm, courageous, affectionate
Country of Origin
Short, glossy and fine
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
- American Canine Association
- Continental Kennel Club
- National Kennel Club
- American Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- United Kennel Club
- America's Pet Registry, Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
English Bulldog Description
The Bulldog is a small statured, medium-sized dog, originally bred for working with bulls but trained and bred to fight bulls for sport, beginning in England in the1200s and throughout Europe until the mid 1800s. The Bulldog's low-to-the-ground, heavy and thick-set body, along with its broad shoulders, provides a low center of gravity, allowing the Bulldog to crawl close to the ground, originally useful for staying out of range of a bull's horns. The large circumference of the head is equal to the dog’s height at the shoulder, offering sufficient space for strong, developed muscles in the dog's wide jaw. Its distinctive undershot bite allowed it to hang on to the bull with amazing strength. The shuffling gait is a result of this selection, since the dog needed to be able to withstand severe shaking and thumping without having its spine or ribs broken. Bulldogs can move swiftly and make sudden leaps, which accounts for their surprising agility and cleverness. The coat is glossy and fine, with standard colors including, red, white, yellow or a combination of those. Young bulldogs are full of energy but they slow down as they age.
English Bulldog Temperament
Although the English Bulldog's appearance can be intimidating, it is one of the gentlest dog breeds. Their appearance makes them great watchdogs but their personalities make them huge lovers. Bulldogs that display guarding behaviors, such as guarding furniture, food, toys or other items in the house, or that are dog aggressive, do not have owners who are being the dog's pack leader. This behavior happens when dogs are given the freedom to take over, and can be corrected when/if the owners start acting with proper leadership. The fact is dogs are much happier when they know they follow their human, much more so than dogs that feel they need to run the home, as that is not a responsibility a dog wants to have. English Bulldogs can be a bit dominating so their owners are best to show strong leadership and understand alpha canine behavior. A Bulldog that understands its place in the human pack with thrive with all people including kids.
The English Bulldog is described as very affectionate, dependable, gentle with children but known for its courage and bravery. This breed is good with family pets, but some English Bulldogs can be combative with strange dogs especially if their owners are not present to lead them. Bulldogs are very people oriented and will seek as much love and attention as they can get; in fact, these dogs require a lot of affection from their owners if they are to thrive and be happy.
This breed snores very loudly so buyer beware. This is a trait that these dogs are famous for and it is just a fact of life for them. Most drool and slobber so they are messy eaters, but most owners find these qualities endearing in their bulldogs. Oh, they are also prone to flatulence, especially when fed food other than their regular dog food diet.
English Bulldog Health Issues
Potential English Bulldog owners should know this breed is prone to having health issues, so expect to see vet bills over the course of the dog’s life. Common to them are breathing issues, poor eyesight, cherry eye and they are very susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather and/or cars. This is not a dog to drive around with in your car, especially in the Arizona summer months. The breed is prone to mast cell tumors, skin infections and hip and knee problems. Bulldog breeders often deliver their puppies by caesarian section because the puppies’ large shoulder girth.
English Bulldog Disposition
- A once ferocious and tough dog - through select and skilled breeding - the bulldog has become a docile and loving pet and cherished member of countless families.
- The bulldog is beloved for its patience and affection for children making it an excellent family pet known for being jovial, charming and at times comical though messy.
- The breed is devoted, obedient and always willing to please, yet preserves its own independent brand of stubbornness present in the bulldog breed.
- Most of them are pleasant or even aloof towards strangers; however, some can be hostile to unfamiliar dogs, though the breed is compatible with most household pets.