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5/26/2009 Breed Spotlight - The Bulldog

Bulldog

Bulldog - Breed Spotlight

Characteristics

According to the AKC "Dog Registration Statistics," The Bulldog was the 8th most popular breed of 2008 in the United States. Bulldogs have a gentle and loveable disposition. They tend to form strong bonds with children, making them great family pets. The Bulldog needs minimal exercise and grooming. This dog belongs to the non-sporting group. When you train dogs, you will learn that dogs in this category may be difficult to motivate. This is primarily because dogs in the non-sporting group are bred for companionship as opposed to labor intensive jobs like herding livestock.

Physical Description

The Bulldog can be white, red, fawn, fallow, brindle or piebald in color. The perfect Bulldog should be medium in stature with a smooth coat. Bulldogs have no undercoat allowing only minimal shedding. The dog should have wide shoulders and a low-swung, thick-set body. The males should be 50 pounds and the females 40 pounds. There is no height specification, however when showing, the shorter the bulldog the more prized he will be. Generally the Bulldog will stand anywhere from 12-16 inches in height. The circumference of the dog’s head should measure at least the height of the dog at the withers. You measure the circumference of the skull from in front of the ears. The shoulders should be widespread and muscular. Your Bulldog’s forelegs should be short, stout, and also set wide apart, whereas the hindquarters should be longer, in order to elevate his loin higher than the shoulders. The front feet may be straight or slightly turned outwards and the hind legs must be pointed outward. When getting a Bulldog from a dog rescue, you should be careful in your selection. Because of the brachycephalic also known as short nose, some Bulldogs have breathing problems that may require costly surgeries. There may be some hip or joint problems as well, depending on the breeding of the dog.

History

The Bulldog originated in the British Isles. Owners would train dogs to guard, control or bait Bulls. During these times, beef that was not baited was thought to be improper for consumption. The name Bulldog comes from the animal’s connection to bull baiting. The original Bulldog needed to be insensitive to pain, with a courageous and ferocious temperament. In 1835, as an Act of Parliament, there was a law put into effect called the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835. This law forbade owners from keeping any house, pit, or other place for fighting or baiting of a bull, bear, dog or other animal. When this happened, Bulldog enthusiasts set out to preserve the breed by removing its fierce characteristics. A few generations later, we have the typical companion Bulldog we all love and know.

Bulldog Training Tips

The Bulldog is the perfect dog for you if you desire a dog who is an affectionate companion or if you live in an apartment and require a dog with minimal exercise requirements and good manners. Keep in mind that every dog needs dog training, and the Bulldog is no exception. With their tendency to be stubborn and bull-headed, dog obedience training will keep our pooch eager to please and willing to obey all of your requests. Your local dog trainer can educate you on how to be the leader of your pack in order to maintain an orderly household.

References:
http://www.akc.org/reg/dogreg_stats.cfm
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/

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