19 English Bulldog Facts That May Surprise You

Their lovable temperament and bulk make the Bulldog an excellent companion for children, even young ones. A bulldog will take a lot from a child when it shouldn’t have to, and will just run away if it gets too much.

Bull biting was a popular “sport” for people of all classes in England for centuries. Large sums of money were wagered on both dogs and bulls. The English bulldog’s odd appearance was tailored solely to grabbing the tethered bull by the nose and dragging him to the ground.

The ideal Bullenbeisser was therefore stocky, short-legged, and immensely stable with enormous strength in the neck and jaw area. The short nose and protruding lower jaw allowed a firm grip without choking itself. Bull biting was banned in 1835.

From the former muscle man with lightning-fast reactions, an overweight monster that was unable to breathe and move was now bred, which could hardly reproduce naturally and was afflicted with all sorts of diseases.

The national dog of England, in all its ugliness, became a political symbol. However, from sensible, healthy breeding, the Bulldog is a happy, friendly house and family dog that charms with its charming stubbornness. Eyes and nose folds in need of care. Careful pup rearing necessary to avoid obesity and developmental disorders. When buying a puppy, look for healthy, wiry breeding animals.

The first British settlers brought their bulldogs with them to their new homeland, but they were much more long-legged and athletically built than today’s bulldogs. This pure farm dog, which was never bred to the standard for show purposes, aroused interest in breeding not long ago.

Due to crossbreeding with other breeds and the lack of a uniform standard, there is no uniform type. It is still used today on farms as a reliable guardian dog of yard and cattle against stray packs of dogs and predators and when working with cattle.

He also enjoys a small circle of friends with us. Strong, lively, pleasant, somewhat stubborn, but easy to train a family dog. Alert, not overly aggressive. The dog bred by J D. Johnson is generally recognized as the American Bulldog.

In the USA there are other bulldog creations that are similar in type, such as the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog from Georgia with a shoulder height of approx. 61 cm, the Victoria Bulldog, a reverse breed of the old, lighter English Bulldog with a maximum shoulder height of 48 cm, the Catahoula Bulldog, a Mixture between Catahoula and Bulldog of max. 66 cm shoulder height, the Arkansas Giant Bulldog, cross between English Bulldog and Pit Bull with max. 55 cm shoulder height etc.

American Bulldog Colors: solid white, brindle, piebald red, fawn, brown, mahogany, cream, brindle on white background. FCI not recognised. Dog breed over 70 cm.

#1 Always teach children how to approach dogs and monitor any interaction between dogs and young children to avoid biting or pulling ears and tails – from either side.

#2 Teach your child never to disturb a dog while it is sleeping or eating, or even trying to take its food away. No dog should ever be left alone with a child unsupervised.

#3 With their peaceful nature, Bulldogs also get along well with other animals, including dogs and cats.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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