It is hard to think of Winston Churchill, Great Britain’sprime minister during World War II withoutalso picturing his English Bulldog. Not only did theman share many physical characteristics ofthe breed, but they also shared some of the same typesof behavior as well–both beingintelligent, brave, and stubborn.
1. The History of English Bulldogs
The breed originally was bred in the 1200s to fight bulls, a rather bloody sport. But when the sport was outlawed in the 1800s, the breed became less popular, so the breed was“redesigned” by mixing the:
-American Pit Bull Terrier
In 1886, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club to make it the unique and loveable breed that it is today.
2. Do Bulldogs Have Bullish Personalities?
English Bulldogs make excellent pets because they are gentle and reliable, and their temperament makes them excellent dogs for families with children.
-Gentle with kids even if they get rough
-Not a breed that barks a lot
-Protect their human family
-Happy to play around the house, so they are good for apartments
-Need less exercise than most breeds
-Not aggressive to other animals outside of the house
They simply love human attention and playing tug with rope toys and tugs. They still have the courage that was bred into them originally, making them tough and tenacious
3. What Else Should You Know About English Bulldogs?
These fun dogs do have a shorter life expectancy than many breeds, usually living from eight to ten years. Because they are so sedentary, they can gain weight, so you need to be careful not to overfeed them and take them on plenty of walks. Be sure to keep yours safe with a reflective vest during night walks.
Many have a tendency to snore at night and wheeze during the day. And don’t forget to wipe those cute folds of skin around their face because they tend to trap hair and dirt.
One unusual fact, that many people don’t know, is that English Bulldogs don’t swim well, so be careful of yours when you are around the water.
Add an English Bulldog to Your Family or Celebrate the One You Have
have English Bulldogs are some of the kindest, loving, patient dogs that you will find. You will never second guess your decision to add an English Bulldog to your happy family.