Bulldog Resource



The Bulldog today is a softer personality than his intense ancestors, who guarded and controlled bulls, and fought in sporting arenas. Nowadays, Bulldogs would rather cozy up on a couch than bait bulls. The modern Bulldog is gentle, intelligent, affectionate, strong and determined. All that’s left of the tough reputation is a classic under-bite and an amusing streak of stubbornness (bullheadedness!)—sometimes noticed when training starts.

The devoted Bulldog is naturally patient with children and good with other animals, especially if socialized early. The breed doesn’t tolerate extreme temperature variances, and is happiest in a climate controlled home. The Bulldog will thrive on short walks, not strenuous outings. Although not considered an overly athletic breed, they are more active as puppies and many have learned to skateboard and surf! If you do decide to try your Bulldog out in the water, make sure he is well equipped with a life-vest as their short legs and heavy frames do not make them natural swimmers.

Bulldogs are not known barkers, but do make good watchdogs. If you are looking for a demure and quiet dog, be warned that Bulldogs come with sound effects and smells. Odds are he’ll snort, snuffle, grunt, drool and pass gas a bit more than most of the family.

About Bulldogs


Should I get a Bulldog?

Terrific for a person who:

      Prefers a dog who’s happy to relax, not race.


      Enjoys sharing affection, as well as receiving slobbery kisses.


    Lives in a small home with little or no outdoor space.

Think twice if you’re a person who:

      Believes a dog should focus on guarding the premises.


      Expects the dog to earn high obedience titles in record time.


    Pictures a dog playing outside the majority of the day.

Bulldog Care

The Bulldog is highly sensitive to heat; caution must be taken in warm climates. Bulldogs require light brushing a few times a week, occasional baths, and weekly “wrinkle cleaning” (think of it as unfolding him). Supervise around water.

The Standard Look

Typical weight is 40 to 50 pounds at maturity. There are no specific requirements for height, but they generally stand around 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder and are only slightly longer than tall. Bulldogs are best known for their strong, thick bodies, wide shoulders, large heads, short noses and facial wrinkles. The short, fine coat comes in brindle, white, fawn, pale yellow or cream and red. They can be a solid color with white markings or blotched with various colors.

Possible Bulldog Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia, airway obstruction issues, over-heating.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Brindle, white, fawn, red, fallow (pale yellow or cream). May be solid or blotched with different colors.

Short and slick.


Brush weekly. Clean facial wrinkles daily.

Life Expectancy:
8 to 10 years
AKC Group:
Non-Sporting Group
UKC Group:
No specific requirements. Low-slung body should exhibit balance between length of leg, length of back.
40 to 50 pounds
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