English Bulldog


A medium sized English Bulldog
English Bulldog Quick Summary
Also Known As
OriginGreat Britain
Height (at withers)12-15in (30-38cm)
Weight40-60lbs (18-27kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan8-12 years
Energy LevelLow
Litter size4-5
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsLow
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if leftHigh

The English Bulldog has a short and stout low-swung body, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs set wide apart. The head is large with a short face and small ears that hang folded to the side of the head, and the skin on the face falls in folds giving a rather glum expression. The coat is short and sleek, and the colouring can vary and includes white, red, fawn and brindle.


English Bulldogs are affectionate and gentle dogs with stable temperaments and sweet natures, despite their violent history. They love attention, are sociable and can be quite entertaining and make good family pets and companions, although they tend to be destructive if left alone for long periods of time. One the most dependable breeds in existence, these intelligent dogs are suitable for novice and experiences owners alike despite their stubborn streaks. English Bulldogs get along well with children and other dogs and pets, but they do have a jealous streak regarding their food. Their reaction to strangers can vary from cautious to friendly, and they do not tend to make good watch dogs, although their looks alone will often be enough to deter any potential intruders.

History & Skills

English Bulldogs originate from Great Britain and enjoy a long history. Now the national symbol of Great Britain, they have been used for various purposes over the years, from hunting, guarding, baiting and fighting. Their courage and high pain thresholds led them to being exploited for many years in the sports of bull and bear baiting, and dog fighting. Thankfully, bull baiting was outlawed in England in 1835. These days English Bulldogs make good comapnions and pets, and prove successful in obedience competition as well as tracking and agility.

Breed Specific Ailments

English Bulldogs tend to live between 8-12 years and can be prone to a number of health related issues, which includes heart problems, thyroid problems, ectropion, entropion, cataracts, elongated palate, a range of eye disorders, inverted tails, recessed tails, stenotic nares, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin allergies. These dogs should never be over exerted because their short muzzle can cause them to develop breathing difficulties, something that can be corrected surgically. And as they are short coated, they should not be exposed to extremes of temperatures.


English Bulldogs are medium shedders and their grooming requirements are not demanding. The short, sleek coat will only need occasional brushing, but this may need stepping up during periods of heavier sheddding. They will need bathing occasionally too, and the skin folds will need to be kept clean to prevent infection, as well as the skin around the tail. The toenails will require frequent trimming.

Exercise & Environment

English Bulldogs tend to live indoors and can be quite lazy, and and while exercise is important to build stamina and prevent obesity, a short daily walk will normally be adequate for these dogs. As they are short haired they should not be exposed to extreme temperatures, and they should not be over exerted because their short muzzles can cause breathing difficulties. These dogs should not be left chained up outdoors.


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KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
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