Personality:Calm, courageous, and friendly; dignified but amusing
Coat & Grooming:The short, smooth coat should be brushed once a week; the wrinkly face should be wiped daily
Energy Level:Not Very Active; Bulldogs won't beg to be exercised, but they require regular walks and the occasional romp
Meet the Bulldog
The Bulldog is among dogdom's most easily recognized citizens: The loose skin of the head, furrowed brow, pushed-in nose, small ears, undershot jaw with hanging chops on either side, and the distinctive rolling gait all scream “I'm a Bulldog!” from a block away. The Bulldog coat, seen in a variety of colors and patterns, is short, smooth, and glossy. The sum of these parts is a thick-set, low-slung, well-muscled bruiser whose distinctive "sourmug" face has become the universal symbol of courage and tenacity.
What's Their Story?
Bulldogs were created in medieval England for the “sport” of bullbaiting, in which a staked bull fought a pack of dogs while spectators bet on the outcome. The dogs used in this grisly pastime, the ancestors of today’s Bulldog, were unbelievably brave and seemingly impervious to pain. The turning point in Bulldog history came in 1835, when England banned blood sports. With no work to do, the Bulldog might’ve gone extinct. Instead, breeders began eliminating the Bulldog’s ferociousness while accentuating its finer qualities.
Since the end of the Bulldog’s gladiatorial career, the breed has been reconceived as a sweet and mellow pet who’s especially fond of children. They can weigh up to 50 pounds, but that won’t stop a Bulldog from curling up in your lap, or at least trying to. But don’t mistake their easygoing personality for laziness—Bulldogs enjoy walks and need regular moderate exercise (and a careful diet) to stay trim. Summer afternoons are best spent in front of an air-conditioner as a Bulldog’s short snout can make breathing difficult in extreme heat and humidity.