Bulldogs go by a few names like British and English Bulldog. A bull baiting breed that was bred for its aggressiveness and fighting abilities has become a popular breed after their main purpose was outlawed.
Their name is a mixture of Bull which they use to bait and being a dog. That’s how they got the name Bulldog. They get the name English because they come from that part of the world.
England made the decision that bull-baiting wasn’t right and ban the activity in the 1830’s changing the course of this breed. False narrative of making bull meat tender if it was baited was something the country held strong beliefs in.
Historical documentation is dated from 1200 A.D. from England where they had strong jaws and a high pain tolerance to match. There was a long and tedious process of taking this dog from brawler to house pet.
The ancestors of todays Bulldog was bigger and longer than the ones we see now. As time progresses you see a smaller version of the dog with the same sturdy built frame.
They made their way to America in the 1880’s and found themselves as a member of the American Kennel Club a few years later.
Many dogs come from the bull stock including the French Bulldog, American Bulldog, and various types of Pit Bulls. The influence on the dog community and different types are truly unique in the dog community.
Bulldogs are one of the most popular pets in the United States. They are top 10 all the time and top five majority of the time for dog registration.
Worldwide recognition of this breed is shown in the numerous Kennel Clubs around the world that register Bulldogs. Anywhere around the world you are likely to run into an owner or breeder of the Bulldog breed.
Here is a list of Kennel Clubs that recognize English Bulldogs
- American Kennel Club (AKC)
- Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)
- Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
- Kennel Club United Kingdom (KC)
- New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC)
- United Kennel Club (UKC)
Male Weight: 50-55 pounds
Female Weight: 40-50 pounds
Male Height: 12-16 inches
Female Height: 12-16 inches
Males are heavier than females most of the time. You will not see a significant difference in height because they will always be around the same.
English Bulldog litter size is around 6 to 7 on average. There are times when the momma can have 10 or more puppies and it isn’t that uncommon.
Dogs will likely have a C-Section because of the dog’s heads being too big for the mom to push out.
Those cost are expensive for the owner of the mother. In addition to the cost of the procedure they will have to help the mom with the puppies during recovery.
Overall, you will see an increase in cost due to the laborious process and care from birth to sell date.
- Fawn – brindle and white
- Red – brindle and white
Different Bulldog Types
There are many types of Bulldogs
Olde English Bulldogge
You will see the price of English Bulldogs around $1,500 to $4,000 for a dog with papers. Getting a dog with papers will give you the documentation of the blood line and guarantee a high-quality puppy.
Getting a dog without a paper will be much less and you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars. The chances of inconsistent breeds will increase but you can expect to pay a lower amount that’s more affordable for most people.
Luckily the coat is short and there is no high maintenance for Bulldog grooming. You can have a dog for years without seeing a professional but here are the areas you should focus on.
- Professional Help
You can brush the coat a few times a week.
Combing isn’t necessary.
Bath them as you see fit. There is no reason to wash excessively but you can choose to put it on a schedule or just when the dog is dirty.
Keep the eyes clear of debris and dry out the water from their eyes that dries on the face.
Using our exercise method will keep the nails trim. The owner that doesn’t exercise the dog will have to cut them with clippers.
Clean the ears at least once a week.
Brush plaque off teeth and battle the buildup.
Although you don’t need any professional help you may want to take them at some point in the future just for the experience. There is no immediate pressure to take them.
The lifespan is 8-10 years which is a decent amount of time to own a dog. You can expect your dog to around for up to a decade but Bulldogs will die before or around that time.
Overheating – happens because of the size of a bulldog and the small nose. Bulldogs tend to overheat quicker than other dogs and have a hard time cooler themselves off.
Hip Dysplasia – testing the highest with the condition of the hips not fitting into the leg sockets the English Bulldog is affected the most. Get hip testing right away because 8 in every 10 tests for this condition.
Heart Disease -the second highest killer of Bulldogs is some type of cardiac event. Attacks on the heart are common and cause the Bulldog to pass away earlier than most breeds.
Obesity – is an issue because of the weight in combination with the height. Bulldogs body shape is very wide and causes them to get too heavy. Issues with weight are the reason why they are having events from heart disease.
Respiratory issues – Short noses cause the Bulldog to have more respiratory issues than dogs with a longer nose. Their breathing is heavy at times which is because of the short nose and high body fat percentage.
Skin conditions – Infections, itchiness, bumps, and sores are all legitimate concerns. Whenever you see these conditions develop take the time to get them to the vet.
Non-Sporting group is the dog group that the Bulldog belongs to currently. There is nothing in common from one dog to the next and one of those groups that throws the miscellaneous together.
Here are some of the dogs that make up the Non-sporting Group
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terrier
- Coton de Tulear
- Chow Chow
- French Bulldog
- Lhasa Apso
- Shar Pei
- Shiba Inu
- Tibetan Terrier
You will have a hard time finding a common trait or activity everybody shares. There is no bull baiting group and that’s the only one the Bulldog would fit into.
The best thing you can do for any dog is to give them exercise. Moderate levels of exercise are the amount your dog will need. Taking the time daily to get them to do exercise will enhance your training program.
English Bulldogs are falsely accused of being hard to train. We understand that exercise shapes behavior and nothing is more influential on training a dog that giving them an outlet.
Here’s what we recommend:
Morning: 45 minutes to an hour
Evening: 30 minutes (optional)
You don’t want to overexert your dog. Use the dogs good or bad behavior as the indicator to increase or decrease exercise.
Being bad, digging, excessive barking, chewing up items, nipping and not listening is an automatic increase in exercise.
When dogs aren’t doing anything and listening to the owner working in a cohesive manner the amount of exercise is proper and should maintain or decrease.
Decreasing the exercise should never limit paying attention to signs of bad behavior. At times you will need to increase or go back to old regiments to get behavior back in line.
Start with the recommendation and increase as you need. Add the second session in the afternoon if the first one isn’t getting enough compliance.
Without any doubt you will see significant changes in how the dog interacts with the owner.
Like we talked about in the previous section take the time to build your exercise program before wanting a dog to listen or behave. Once you address this primal area you will be getting the dog to listen to you already.
For example, you use the two-day split and in the process your dog is now listening to you for two hours on the walk per day. After the first month you have 60 hours where the dog is listening to how fast to walk, where to walk, what direction, and without pulling.
If exercising the right amount, you will begin to push the dog when they’re tired. First phase of training, which is exercise, will accomplish so much.
Commands are the easiest part that require little work, so we don’t cover it in much depth. English Bulldogs will need repetition for a few days before really getting the behavior you are asking.
Do any command enough and you will discover the dog will listen to it. Using treats and toys can work if the dog has prey drive or really likes a toy.
We use life situations for commands. Quick examples are sitting before coming out the crate, going in the crate, bathroom, before walks, before they eat, drink water, and other activities.
Although it is controversial, we want to discuss proper discipline. Everything you do is for the dog’s attention and you only correct when you don’t get the attention. When a dog sees a cat is the perfect scenario.
The dog isn’t listening to the verbal “no” and this is the time we give the correction. Once the dog is giving us attention the correction stops.
Use these resources for training:
Are Bulldogs Good Family Dogs?
Bulldogs are great family dogs but need a great owner. They can exist in the apartment communities and are good blending in with other dogs in the pack.
Maintain a good exercise regiment and train them young with socialization and the Bulldog will be an excellent dog for the family.
Are Bulldogs Aggressive?
All dogs can become aggressive when they aren’t given the opportunity to have an outlet. Providing that outlet daily will give you the best chance at not having an aggressive Bulldog.
A Chihuahua can become aggressive and start biting ankles. You don’t want the strong jaws of a Bulldog to start nipping at the owner, family members, or even worst the kids.
Take exercise seriously!
Are English Bulldogs Hard to Train?
Any dog can be hard to train or easy to train. The proper thinking is to set them up for success and set yourself up for success as well.
Although you see most people claiming they’re hard to train they will listen. It takes more patience than most people care to exhibit.
Training a dog is a lifelong activity and you will never stop training your dogs. Like you never stop being a parent.