The breed Bulldog has been around for at least 5 centuries. Contrary to the appearance of Bulldog today, the ancient Bulldog were tall and vicious that were essential qualities to serve its purpose of grabbing a bull by the nose to keep the bull in place. This activity was named Bull-baiting, is to bring the bulls in for breeding or castration purposes at the same time it also has an entertainment value back on the days when television, computer and internet is not yet discovered.
The early appearance of this breed carried on until the 19th century when dog fighting, a famous “sport”, in England was prohibited that led to the birth of dog shows. Breeders altered the appearance of the Bulldog for exhibition purposes until they arrived to what the Bulldogs are today – a dog with a heavy, thick-set and low slung, its shoulders are wider and have a huge head. Not only that, even the temperament was tamed, before Bulldogs were tough and aggressive but now it is kind and courageous but not ferocious. Indeed, its nature was pacified and dignified.
The first registration of the Bulldog to American Kennel Club was during the 1886 and 9 years later Bulldog Club of America was created. Handsome Dan is one of the most victorious show dogs in this era; it was the original mascot of Yale so its descendants used the same name as well. Another university that has a Bulldog mascot is the University of Georgia, the mascot name is Uga.
The fame of Bulldog being used as a mascot was not only limited to universities for even the U.S Maricne Corps has a Bulldog mascot as this breed was also associated with them during the World War I. From then all the Marine Bulldogs were named Chesty.
In the last 10 years, Bulldog’s fame has significantly risen. Back in 2011 it ranks 19th in AKC and as of 2010 it banged the 6th place. This just justifies that Bulldogs are fun-loving and sweet.
The most famous Bulldog
The most funniest and memorable appearance of the Bulldog breed is in the live-action film Mr Magoo (1997) and in the cartoon serie (with the same title) from 1949, created by John Hubley. In the film the Bulldog, Angus McBarker is the pet of Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen), a wealthy and bald retiree, who gets into many troubles and funny situations due to his near-sightedness and lunatic personality. In the cartoon serie the talking dog is very much similar to his master – the little pet shares his owner’s facial features and poor eyesight as well.
The Bulldog breed in reality is a friendly, docile and easy to please dogs that sometimes can be willful – just like in the film. They are very happy when their family is around and can get on very well with smaller children as well. They are happy in a smaller apartment, because they do not require a lot of physical exercise.
Is a Bulldog a good choice for me?
The answer is definitely yes, if you would like to have a kind, affectionate and loyal, yet courageous and very strong dog by your side. Bulldogs can make excellent guarding dogs that will protect their families at any cost. They need daily exercise – a nice walk or half an hour play will do for them. This breed is not that easy to train, as they are really hard-headed and vehement, so the trainer must be calm, consistent and firm with the dog.
Bulldogs are usually good with children and other pets in the house if raised together, but they might be rude and violent towards other dogs. This can be seen mostly during feeding – a Bulldog is very possessive of their food and they tend to fight for it if they feel it is endangered. Therefore during feeding no other pets or children should be allowed to disturb the dog.
The coat of a Bulldog is straight and short, they are seasonal shedders. These dogs tend to drool, so daily care of the face, muzzle and mouth is required to keep the dog healthy. Sadly, Bulldogs are prone to health issues like skin infections, breathing problems or hip defects.
All in all, Bulldogs are the best for small families or for single persons who want loyal companion. I hope this article will be helpful for you to decide whether this breed is the right one for you.
Have you heard of the white Bulldog?
This unique breed is quite unknown, as most people think of the English, French or American one, when they hear the word “Bulldog”.
The White Bulldog, also referred to as Old English White or English White is originated from the Southern United States though… To make things clear: they say that this breed is the original Bulldog from England, unchanged… The thing is, nothing can be perfectly clear, as there are no official papers to prove the real origins of this breed and how it found its way to America.
Even if the origins are not very obvious, this breed carries the main characteristics of a Bulldog in general, referring to the temperament and looks, except, that it is entirely white. White Bulldog were and are still used as farm dogs, but recently it has proven to be a great family guard too.
A little Bulldog History
The breed Bulldog is first mentioned in documents of 1500, but referred to as Bondogge and Boldogge. The name Bulldog however comes from the word “bull”, as in the 1600’s the breed was used in bullbaits, until 1835, when it became prohibited in England.
Bulldogs are a result of crossbreeding of the Pug, the Mastiff and the Spanish Dog.