Know Your Breed: Bulldog
Is this the right dog breed for you?
They come in all shapes and sizes, but there is the one thing they have in common apart from their mushy faces- they take puppy eyes to a new level. The English Bulldog’s current wombat like appearance is quite different from its rugged ancestors. If you are planning to keep a Bulldog as a pet, keep reading. One will be hard pressed to find a dog breed with a more loving and sweet disposition than a Bulldog.
From Brawler To Companion
A direct decedent of the ancient Mastiff and thought to have been a dog breed mixed with Old English Terrier types, the Bulldog was born in England. With bullbaiting obsolete, the Bulldog faced extinction. In response, Bulldog admirers began the long process of transforming the breed into today’s perfect companion. They refined the physical contours and have tamped down the Bulldog’s ferociousness and reformed him as a sweet and mellow pet that is especially fond of children.
Let’s take a closer look at this brawny little powerhouse
General Appearance and Behaviour:
The English bulldog stands about 16 inches tall. Kind and courageous, bulldogs make great family pets and gentle companions for children. As far as dog breeds go, the classic British bulldog is of the medium sized variety with a stocky and dense body and a head that is large and wide. A bulldog’s coat is soft and the colours include brindle, red, fawn, fallow and white.
English bulldogs are loud breathers and tend to snore and wheeze. On an average, the female weighs about 23 kilograms, and the male weighs about 24 kilograms.
Excess eating can result in your bulldog falling ill and, over time, cause obesity. Some dog breeds are prone to gaining weight, so it is a good idea to watch the calorie consumption, weight level and treats that you hand out as a training aid. A bulldog should do well on quality dog food, either prepared at home with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval, or commercially manufactured. Scheduled feeding is known to be good for their digestion.
We have seen the viral bulldog on a skateboard video and have wondered if this is possible. Well, we have some good news! Most bulldogs have an affinity towards it and CAN be taught to skateboard.
As with all dog breeds,
-Training and kind discipline should begin at eight weeks.
-Early socialization is vital for your bulldog to have a good start with his/her community
By nature, Bulldogs will enjoy chew toys their entire life. They also love to play tug-of-war, but it is important to teach the dog when he is young to release what’s in his mouth on command.
Health & Exercise:
Clean, fresh water should be available always. Never leave your bulldog unsupervised in the sun without proper access to water and shade. If his tongue is hanging out unusually far and if he is breathing heavily, soak him with cold water and cool him down. During bath time, grooves which form between the folds of skin around the face must be cleaned daily to remove grime and moisture, preventing skin irritation.
Bulldogs are predominantly house bound pets and should be walked at least once a day. Inactive British Bulldogs are inclined to get fat and lazy which may dramatically shorten their life expectancy.
Bulldogs are ‘bull’ headed and determined, can be quite persistent and don’t give up easily and maybe that’s what makes this particular dog breed suited to those households where someone is able to give them attention throughout the day.