|Size:||Medium, with adult dogs weighing 19-25kg and growing 38-40cm in height|
|Coat:||Short and smooth|
|Exercise:||Around 30 minutes per day|
|Life span:||Bulldogs have a life expectancy of around 6-10 years|
|Breed group:||They are a member of the utility group and are related to many of the bull-type dogs that exist today, such as the Boxer and Bull Terrier. Also known as the English or British Bulldog, this is one of the UK’s oldest breeds.|
Bulldogs are sociable and wonderfully laid-back characters. The breed is prized for its personality rather than their intelligence. However, many Bulldog owners say that when their dogs pause before responding, they’re simply weighing up the command. Either way, your Bulldog will know their own mind, sometimes making their thoughts known by sitting down and refusing to budge!
Obesity is a common Bulldog health problem. Their thickset physique and loose-fitting skin can make it hard to spot when they are overweight. Their flat muzzles mean that they can easily get out of breath and overheat, so they can’t tolerate lots of exercise. However, short bouts of physical activity should still be part of your dog’s daily routine, as a Bulldog should be sturdy, with strong muscles.
To keep your pet in good shape, vets recommend feeding a high-quality, breed-appropriate food twice a day. It can also help to follow the portion guidelines on the back of their pet food packaging, and to go easy on the snacks and treats. When thinking about how big your Bulldog is going to get, remember that they are quite slow to mature and may not reach adulthood until 18 months or beyond.
When choosing a Bulldog, it’s important to look out for any existing health issues. You can pick up on these by examining their movement, eyes and breathing.
While daily exercise is important, you should try to avoid getting your Bulldog overexcited or overheated. Most only need around 30 minutes of exercise a day, which should include playtime and a short walk.
In contrast to their fighting heritage, Bulldogs have been bred to be placid and docile. They have been known to get along well with children and are often happy to share their home with a cat, providing they’ve been properly introduced. They will usually only learn a few basic commands and may need asking a few times before they perform them. But these traits are considered part of a Bulldog’s unique charm.
With a short, smooth coat, Bulldogs don’t require as much brushing as long-haired breeds. They do shed a lot though, so it’s a good idea to brush them at least once a week to shift loose hair.
The folds of skin on their distinctively wrinkled faces require daily attention to ensure that moisture hasn’t collected in the creases and to prevent infections from forming. Some Bulldogs’ tails sit very close to their bodies in a special groove called a tail pocket, and will need regular wiping to stay clean.