Bred for the unpleasant sport of ‘bull-baiting’, the Bulldog lost his popularity when the sport was banned in the UK in 1835. A few individuals, dedicated to the survival of the breed and its positive points, ensured that the Bulldog kept his rightful place in English society. He soon became a popular symbol of British tenacity and courage. Coat colours are brindle, reds in various shades, fawns and fallows, white and pied.
Temperament: Although Bulldogs appear fierce and disinterested, they are easy-going, affectionate dogs with a lovable personality. The Bulldog should be resolute, showing courage and determination without being aggressive.
Lifestyle: Adaptable to town or country. They get on well with other pets and children.
General care: The coat is easy to attend to, but care must be taken to clean the dog’s face wrinkles. Ears should also be regularly checked. Bulldogs suffer in the heat and should not be exercised when it is very hot. He snuffles and drools.
Exercise: Bulldogs are able to adapt to different environments but can be a little stubborn. They won’t be pushed around and may take a while before obeying orders, so early socialisation and training is needed. Activity levels are generally low and easy to meet.