The Friendly English Bulldog

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English Bulldog
Weight: 40 — 50 lbs
Height: 12” — 14”
AKC Rank 2008 #8
Lifespan: 8—10 yrs
Group Non-Sporting
Origin England

Dog Breed Info - The English Bulldog

Very playful bulldog
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Breed Overview

The Bulldog’s purpose was to attack and get a bull mad by grabbing it by the nose and hanging on for dear life This was considered entertainment. In 1835, baiting was outlawed and a new phase began for the Bulldog. Bulldogs became extremely amiable characters with personalities not at all like their sourpuss appearance might suggest.

The English Bulldog’s friendly, clownish personality belies its’ appearance and the dog has become a highly popular pet. Colors: black, tan, liver, white or a mix of any of those.


Not very trainable. A mind of their own. They learn, but in their own time. Use clicker training for this dog, as it works very well for stubborn cases and is super-simple to use. Dogs love the method.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Bulldog? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Bulldog puppy can be difficult to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

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"Bulldog" - A 144 page hardcover book that includes a 30 minute DVD showing how to train this specific breed. "Packed with full-color photographs, this fun and practical guide gives you everything you need to make your relationship with your best friend even better. Inside, you'll find:

  • Characteristics to look for when choosing a Bulldog,
  • A list of supplies you'll need before you bring him home,
  • Advice on grooming, feeding, and training,
  • A reproducible pet-sitter chart to keep track of important information,
  • A 30 minute Training DVD.
    Bulldog: Your Happy Healthy Pet


    Quiet dog, laid back, people friendly as a rule.

    If you happen to get a Bulldog with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

    Friendly Toward Other Dogs

    Can take ‘em or leave ‘em. (We meet an English Bulldog on a dog walking trail and she it totally bored with our dogs. She can’t even be bothered to sniff them!)

    Friendly Toward Other Pets

    Yes, if introduced on common turf.

    Friendly Toward Strangers



    Not really. They sleep a lot and chew on rawhide.


    Highly devoted to family and will snuggle next to you on the couch.

    English Bulldogs love affection and have a lot of affection to give.

    Young English Bulldog
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    Good with children

    Yes, great family pet. Tolerant with kids.

    Good with seniors over 65?

    Yes! The English Bulldog is an excellent choice for seniors. Low energy and low exercise requirements make this dog ideal for seniors. They want love and affection and petting, something seniors can do all day.

    Living environment

    Excellent for apartments, good on the farm and fine in the big city condos. This dog does not need a big yard. They can do fine with walks and some play time around the house.

    6 year old English Bulldog
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    Energy level

    Very low.


    Exercise needs, daily

    A short walk is enough. May some play time to bond and have fun.


    Yes. The English Bulldog will alert you if he hears any strange sounds.

    Guard dog

    No, but his appearance is intimidating and he can growl and bare his teeth.


    Short hair, sheds some.





    Suggested Reading For The English Bulldog

    The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog emergencies, illnesses and injuries. It's a valuable reference manual for all dog owners to keep close at hand.


    English Bulldog Breeders

    In the event you decide to go looking for English Bulldog puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
    English Bulldog Breeders with puppies for sale.

    English Bulldog Rescue

    In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an English Bulldog and are looking for an English Bulldog rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
    Petfinder - Dog Rescue - (Nationwide) When adopting, try to find out about dog health problems in the past, kind of a history profile on the selected dog.
    Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site that may give you some ideas. You can also surf for Bulldog Rescue and check your local dog pound or rescue kennels.

    Dog Health Issues For The English Bulldog
    Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the English Bulldog by various vets.

    This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

    The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

    Other health problems could occur with the English Bulldog. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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