Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Height: not specified by breed standard
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Life Span: 8 to 10 years
This rollicking family dog loves everyone and is suited to many types of homes because he’s so good-natured. But because of his flat face and heavy build, he is highly sensitive to heat and must always live indoors.
Did You Know the Bulldog is Intollerant of Hot Weather?
The same line of English Bulldogs has served as the mascots for the University of Georgia since 1956, under the name of Uga. Each Uga is issued his own student ID and watches games in an air-conditioned doghouse.
Laughter, love and a face everyone adores ensure the enduring popularity of the Bulldog. He’s a gentle family companion today, but he was originally bred to fight bulls for sport – a past that, combined with his stalwart devotion, has made the breed the mascot of a number of colleges as well as the United States Marine Corps. No breed is more admired for the qualities of loyalty and determination that the Bulldog represents.
Few breeds are as easily recognized as the Bulldog, with his wrinkled mug, distinctive underbite and Churchillian jowls. Sometimes referred to as the English or British Bulldog, he’s a short, sturdy dog with a bow-legged gait, weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.
If all you’re talking about is personality and temperament, the Bulldog is just about perfect. He loves children and is very easy to train as a family pet. He’s an endless source of amusement, clever and very affectionate. He’s also an attention magnet everywhere he goes.
The Bulldog may be perfect in spirit, but in the flesh, he’s a different story. These dogs are intolerant of warm weather, and may die if overheated. Too much exercise or stress can make it difficult for them to breathe. Without exception, Bulldogs must live indoors, and need air conditioning in all but the mildest summer weather.
Most Bulldogs are born by C-section. Because breeding them is expensive, the puppies are, too. Love is an expensive proposition when you own a Bulldog.
In general, the Bulldog is an easy-care breed. His exercise needs are manageable for even the most dedicated couch potato, and he doesn’t tend to be a picky eater. He has a short coat that doesn’t require any fancy grooming, but he does have some special needs when it comes to skin care. Last but not least, it’s important for him to live in air-conditioned comfort, not only to prevent heatstroke but also because he loves his family and wants to be with them. He’s not a dog who can or should live outdoors.
Other Quick Facts About the Bulldog
The Bulldog has a distinctive walk: a loose-jointed, shuffling, sidewise roll.
Many Bulldogs breathe in a labored fashion and it’s often difficult for their bodies to dissipate heat.
Bulldogs can’t swim. Their massive head, solid torso and short legs limit their ability to stay above water. If you have a pool, spa or pond on your property, limit your Bulldog’s access to it.
The Bulldog’s smooth coat can be brindle, solid white, solid red, fawn or fallow, or piebald.