Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Bulldog demonstrated the desired traits of a Bull baiting dog and is known by its nick name the "British Bulldog". The origin of the Bulldog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1200's.
Bulldog Breed Group and Dog Type - Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1886): The Bulldog is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Non Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1886).
Other names for the Bulldog: Other names for this breed of dog include the English Bulldog and the British Bull Baiter. Any dogs with the word 'Bull' in its name were originally used in Bull baiting.
Origin of the name Bulldog: The origin of the word 'Bulldog' is derived from its original use as a 'bull baiter'. Bull baiting was a contest in which trained bulldogs attacked tethered bulls.
Bulldog History and Origin: The country of origin of the Bulldog breed was in United Kingdom during the 1200's. The Bulldog is a smaller version of the great mastiff type dogs and descends from the Bandog and the ancient, now extinct, Alaunt. (Refer to History facts and info about all the Mastiff breeds). The name was clearly derived from the dog's association with the sport of bull-baiting. Bull baiting was a popular sporting event and nearly every town in Elizabethan England boasted a Bull and Bear baiting ring where crowds betted on the outcome.
The original Elizabethan 'Bear Garden' at Bankside in London, was later used to show Shakespearean plays was originally built as a blood sport arena in the 1560's. The 'sportsmen' and gamblers of the period also turned their attention to Dog fighting, another blood sport in which the Bulldog was specially trained to fight other dogs.
The Bulldog proved to be too slow in the dog fighting pits and in order to obtain greater quickness of movement many of the Bulldogs were crossed with terriers - these dogs became known as Bull Terriers. Bull baiting and dog fighting continued in Britain until it was eventually banned in 1835.
When the blood sports were prohibited by law the Bulldog fell into a rapid decline but the commencement of the dog-show era in 1859 provided a fresh incentive to dog breeders to protect and develop the Bulldog breed. One of the earliest descriptions of the Bulldog was in the book "House Dogs and Sporting Dogs", published in 1861 by the Englishman John Meyrick, who defended the breed as "a much maligned animal; his former connexion with the brutal sports of the bear-garden has destroyed his reputation".
The fighting spirit of the tenacious Bulldog was never forgotten and the "British Bulldog" became symbolic of the British fighting spirit. The Bulldog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886.
The "British Bulldog": The Bulldog is known by the nickname of the "British Bulldog". The Bulldog is known as the National dog of Great Britain and is associated throughout the world with the British and their British Bulldog fighting spirit. The 'British Bulldog' featured strongly in WW1 propaganda posters and in WW2 the term became synonymous with the courage and unrelenting war time spirit of Sir Winston Churchill.
The "American Bulldog": The British Bulldog was introduced to America by the early colonists and where they were used as hunting dogs, for dog fighting, as catch dogs and as guard dogs. Cross breeding led to the development of the American Bulldog.
A dog breeder named John D. Johnson developed the American Bulldog from the British Bulldogs that had flourished in the deep South and was the first person to have the American Bulldog registered in 1970. The American Bulldog is larger than the British Bulldog with higher agility and more speed.
The "Soochow": A famous Bulldog called "Soochow" was the official mascot of United States Marine Corps mascot in the Cabanatuan Prison Camp and was the only animal to survive the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March.
Bulldog Modern History - Spike the Bulldog: One of the most famous Bulldogs in the world is the cartoon character "Spike the Bulldog" who features in the 'Tom and Jerry' series of cartoons created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
The cartoon character "Spike" first appeared in 1942 and this famous Bulldog has remained a firm favorite with kids ever since.
Bulldog Modern History - Homeward Bound (1993 movie): The 1993 movie 'Homeward Bound (1993 movie): The Incredible Journey' features "Chance", a disobedient American Bulldog (voiced by American Actor Michael J. Fox). This heart warming Disney film proved to be a great favorite with both kids and adults.
Bulldog Height: This breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 12-16 inches (31-40 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 12-16 inches (31-40 cm).
Bulldog Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 53-55 pounds (24-25 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 49-51 pounds (22-23 kg).
Bulldog Coat Type: The coat type is described as a short, straight coat.
Bulldog Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, Red (or Fawn), blue fawn, light chocolate, blue brindles and any light color coat. N.B. The word "Blue" is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color. Brindle is a brownish or tawny color. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Bulldog Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Bulldog are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Bulldog are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
Bulldog Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-5 puppies. Bulldog puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Bulldog puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Bulldog Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Brave, Courageous, Aggressive, Loyal and Faithful.
Bulldog Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Bulldog requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a fluid, agile, strident gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Bulldog Diet: A fully grown Bulldog should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Bulldog Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Bulldog breed include Breathing difficulties, Hip Dysplasia, Overheating . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Bulldog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Bulldog Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Bulldog breed is 8-10 years.
Bulldog Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Bulldog breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Bulldog names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Samson *** Jumbo *** Saturn *** Bismarck *** Attila *** Mack *** Sumo *** Tex *** Thunder *** Rugby *** Jaws.
Bulldog Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Bulldog names are Duchess *** Daisy *** Lucy *** Amber *** Tasha *** Cassie *** Dixie *** Sadie *** Vesta *** Cupid.