A dog is a great pet. Among all the breeds of dogs that exist, you may be wondering which one is right for you? In this article, we will take a look at a very well-known dog breed: the English bulldog !
The origins of the English Bulldog
Native to Great Britain, the English Bulldog, or english bulldog, appeared during the Middle Ages, around the year 1000. Until the middle of the 19th century, this breed of dog was used for fighting bulls and bears to animate shows. Indeed, at the time, this practice called “bull-baiting” greatly appealed to the nobles and it spread very quickly to the whole country. Each large English town had an arena, a “bull ring” in which the fighting took place.
When the English Parliament announced the ban on fighting, the species became rarer but was not forgotten. Many breeders decide to circumvent the law by crossing the English Bulldogs with other breeds of dogs to maintain the fighting qualities of the bulldog. Nowadays, an English Bulldog is no longer considered a fighting dog but the few transformations it has undergone made it more fragile.
The character of the English Bulldog
Despite his past as a fighter, the English Bulldog is today able to be docile and affectionate. In addition, it is particularly effective when it comes to protecting its owner. Like all breeds of dogs, the English Bulldog should be properly educated, and this from an early age in order to avoid the appearance of violent or even dangerous behavior. This breed of dog can sometimes be sure of itself and do what it pleases. Thus, it is important to anticipate the dog’s behavior and to react to the slightest slip.
The English Bulldog’s barking is usually rare, but a stressful situation may force it to speak up. Rather calm by nature, he shows very little aggressive behavior and remains one of the kindest and most affectionate dog breeds around. The English Bulldog has a good memory and is seen as an observer rather than an actor.
The physique of the English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is a small dog. It rarely exceeds 40 cm in height. Its weight varies from around twenty kilos for females and around 25 kilos for males. Her body is particularly robust with broad shoulders, strong legs and a thick back. The Bulldog’s tail is short to very short with a wide base and a thin end.
Regarding the color of the English Bulldog, its coat can take different shades but most specimens are of white or fawn color. Its eyes, muzzle and the mask that surrounds it are dark in color. The English Bulldog is easily recognized by its flattened muzzle, floppy ears, and large, powerful head.
The English Bulldog in everyday life
Without being a great sportsman, the English Bulldog has need for physical exercise and a minimum of one outing per day to keep him in shape. In addition, the English Bulldog is not made for the practice of too intensive efforts. In addition, it is a dog who has difficulty in enduring excessive heat. Thanks to his memory, he is able to learn all kinds of dog leisure activities.
The apartment living is quite possible for him on condition of taking it out regularly. Regarding the presence of children and other animals, the bulldog must have been socialized with them from an early age. A good vigilance is required during games with children to avoid slipping.
The English Bulldog has an easy time gaining weight, which could eventually cause health problems. The establishment of a balanced diet is essential to ensure the happiness of this type of dog. Do not hesitate to call a veterinarian to determine the optimal amount of food for your dog. For example, the average daily kibble ration for an English Bulldog is around 350 g. Most breeders feed the puppies up to 4 times a day and reduce the frequency to 2 times a day from the 6th month.
The short coat of the English Bulldog can be groomed with the help of a rubber glove or a brush. Brushing can be done once a week or more in case of too much dirt. The dog’s teeth should not be forgotten and a diligent daily brushing is essential to prevent the formation of bacteria. Eyes, ears, and claws should be checked as many times as possible to react quickly to any problems. Adding hygiene costs to food costs, the minimum monthly budget for an English Bulldog is around 60 euros per month.
The English bulldog is an animal that knows how to show itself loving and protective at a time. His atypical physique does not prevent him from practicing activities with children and other animals. However, care must be taken that he does not exert too much effort. On a daily basis, the English Bulldog is an adorable companion that you have to know how to take care of to enjoy it.
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