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English Bulldog

English Bulldog

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you are reading this profile, it’s likely that you find an English Bulldog’s trademark wrinkles, stout frame and propensity for snorting to be endearing. Agreed. English Bulldogs are adorable. Just be prepared to dedicate some time every day to clean this breed’s folds in order to prevent infection. You’ll also need to get used to the music-to-your-ears that is a snorting Bulldog. You up for it? Read on.





Size:
Male: 50 lbs. 
Female: 40 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Bulldogs may not be begging at the door for a lengthy jaunt in the park, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need regular exercise. They’re not interested in strenuous workouts, but a casual daily walk will help keep them healthy.
Mess Factor:
Bulldogs have short hair, so you may not notice an excessive amount around the house. However, their facial structure can cause them to snort and snuffle, so there will certainly be lots of drool.
Barking and Volume:
Like all dogs, Bulldogs will bark once in a while, but excessive noise pollution is not an issue with this breed.
Training Requirements:
English Bulldogs can be very stubborn, so it is important to train and socialize them early. It can be difficult to break bad habits or attitudes that form in puppyhood. If you are able to assert yourself through training, Bulldogs will become very loyal, dedicated and well-behaved family members.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Bulldogs are susceptible to joint problems because of their body shape and size. They can also get infected between their wrinkles if they are not properly cleaned. * A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Extra care and products for cleaning between wrinkles.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class is recommended.
Grooming Requirements:
Bulldogs have special needs when it comes to grooming and care. They are short haired, but can be prone to skin conditions, so regular grooming (at least three times per week) is important. In addition to grooming, special attention needs to be paid to a Bulldog’s wrinkles every day. It is important to clean the nose roll and all deep wrinkles with dog shampoo each day to avoid infection and keep your Bulldog smelling and feeling great. Cleaning your dog’s wrinkles may be a chore, but if it’s done with love, it will also be a bonding experience your dog will look forward to each day like many other breeds look forward to walks! It is also important to pay attention to a Bulldog’s nails, which must be kept short to avoid joint problems. Because Bulldogs carry so much weight in a short body, long nails can cause their toes to twist.
Kid Compatibility:
English Bulldogs tend to form strong bonds with children and are very dedicated to their families. They may not be able to run alongside a child at top speed, but they are gentle and protective, making them excellent companions.
Longevity:
About 8-10 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
The breed is not aggressive by nature and is known for its calm temperament. Bulldog’s are pretty easy going and will get along with other animals.
Friendliness Towards People:
Since English Bulldogs are quite loyal and attached to their families, they may be standoffish when meeting new people. The only people they care about are their people. The breed won’t be aggressive towards strangers, but simply won’t particularly care about them.
BE PREPARED FOR: Sniffing, snorting and pig-like sounds from the English Bulldog’s squished face when he or she tries to cuddle up in your lap.





Links and resources:
Clubs
The Bulldog Club of America
English Bulldogs in Canada
Rescue
The Bulldog Rescue Club of America Rescue Network
Videos
English Bulldog meets daughter for the first time




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