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Bull Dog Facts
General Facts About Bull Dogs


The term Bull Dog most technically refers to the English Bulldog, although some of the most popular other varieties are the: American, Aussie, Banter, Catahoula, French, Old English, and Valley.

They are in the Mastiff, Non-Sporting group per the AKC.

The average life span is 10 years, however there are records of many living well into the teens.

They are considered to be a medium sized dog that has a stocky and compact body.

The average size is between 40 to 60 pounds, of course, females will tend to be smaller than males.

The originated in England, sometimes in the 1600’s.

They are, without exception, meant to be indoor dogs.

The average sized litter is 4 puppies.   It is not uncommon for a dam to need to have a Cesarean section, since the pups have very large heads in comparison to the rest of the body.

This is the 6th most registered breed in the U.S.

The Bulldog is the breed most generally associated with bull-baiting, it would seize the bull by the nose and hold it until it fell. This unsavory sport was promoted by an Englishman, Earl Warren of Stamford.  After watching 2 dogs fight bulls in 1209, he sought to bring the spectacle to a wider audience. It was made illegal in 1838.

Color and Appearance Bulldog Facts

They have broad chests and shoulders, large heads and short legs..This makes them seem like fighters or aggressive dogs, however the breed in general is known to be well-mannered and loving.

The face has wrinkles and the jowls hang down loosely on both sides.

The following colors are found in purebreds: varying shades of white, red, fawn, black.  Patterns may be solid, parti (2 colors) brindle or piebald.  Brindle refers to a pattern of the fur….it will look to have stripes…Sometimes faint and sometimes very clear.  Piebald is also a pattern that means that the dog has 2 or more colors of irregular patches on the body. 

The coat is made up of very short hairs and is very smooth.

It is normal to have wrinkles on the face.

It is normal and expected for the lower jaw to extend out past the upper jaw.


Wrinkles on the face should be cleaned often. If not, moisture and bacteria can cause yeast infections.  One can clean the dog’s facial wrinkles by using a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and making sure to go all the way into deep wrinkles with a swiping motion.  It is best if canine shampoo or any sudsy cleanser is not used.

Due to their flat face, they can have trouble breathing in hot, humid weather. For this reason, an owner should take care to limit outdoor activities during those times and offer indoor play instead.

If the temperature in the home is high and air conditioning is not available, extra water should be given and it is recommended to offer pieces of ice for them to chew on.  Having fans will help as well.

In warm or hot weather, always check on your Bull dog often to make sure that they are alright.  They should never be allowed to overheat. If they show any signs of weakness, bring them to a cool area and place cool washcloths on them so that body temperature can slowly go down. 

They can become overweight rather quickly and for this reason, one should take their Bull Dog out for a walk 1 time each day.  If it is hot outside, this should be done in the early morning or in the evening as the sun is setting or has set.

They are also sensitive to the cold… If you are taking a Bull dog outside in cold weather, it is a fact that they should have some protection such as a sweater, coat and/or booties.


Behavior and Temperament

It is a Bulldog fact that they are known for being very playful and truly enjoy the company of the human family members.

Their learning stage is typically longer than it would be for many other breeds, therefore owners need to be consistent yet patient.

They are not known for barking a lot, and usually will only do so if ignored for too long of a time or if they perceive a person as a threat to the family.

Some are very enthusiastic swimmers.

They are very social pets and will usually be happy to meet new people.

With proper care and socialization training, this breed is very gentle and loving.

They normally do very well with children and with other pets in the household.

They are very brave and will defend their home and human family with all that they have.

Since they have the instinct to be in packs, that follows them and prompts them to crave the attention of their human family….they do not do well when left alone for long periods of time, they require play and interaction to be on their best behavior and to be happy.

Because they can tend to want to be the “leader”, owners are encouraged to show them that it is the human who is in charge. This can be accomplished by training them well to listen to commands, to always be the one to enter and exit the home first and to always begin eating  before placing their bowl down.

It is a Bull Dog fact that most drool, slobber, snort and snore to some degree.


While they usually get along well with other dogs, when it is feeding time, it is best to set their bowl apart from others and allow them to have their meal without interruption from other animals.


This is one of the breeds that do not require a lot of grooming.  They should be brushed with a bristle brush about 1 time per week and bathed about every 2-3 weeks….too many baths can dry out their skin.

Brushing should be done even if the dog looks clean…The process will help to stimulate natural oils in the skin which keep it healthy and it will distribute some of those oils onto the fur which will keep the coat healthy.

One should brush against the growth and then with it, for optimal results.

Nails should be checked for trimming needs each month.

When bathing your Bull Dog, one should gently place cotton balls in the ears to prevent water from entering them…which can lead to infections…. After bathing, dry out the ears in case any water did enter.

In The News

In the UK, a Bulldog named Alfie is credited with saving 2 lives: that of his owner and another Bulldog. Owner Martin Bolon was out walking both dogs. A knife wielding thief attempted to grab one of the dogs. The owner suffered several cuts, however Alfie the Bulldog managed to chase away the criminal saving his owner from the vicious attack and saving his canine friend from being dog-napped.

In Michigan, a Bulldog named Napoleon shocked his owner when the dog lunged into a lake and retrieved a brown sack. His owner was shocked, since Bulldogs are not known for being strong swimmers due to their large head and relatively small rear body.  However, the sack revealed a litter of kittens and Napoleon the Bulldog was dubbed a hero.



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