There are hundreds of dog breeds out there, and each one has its own distinctive traits. Some of these traits are physical, some are personality, but they all add up to unique, beautiful pets. Unfortunately, some dogs don’t get nearly as much love as they should!
One such dog is the bulldog. But what’s so great about this breed?
This breed is an attractive creature, built thick and muscular, with short legs that keep it close to the ground and short stature that disguises its surprisingly impressive strength. With a distinctively wrinkled face and pushed in nose, a number of people also find the breed’s appearance to be appealing, and while not everyone does, it should be noted that enough people find this breed endearing to make it the fourth most popular purebred dog in the United States.
Further, the breed’s determination and loyalty to its owner has made it an iconic animal in the United Kingdom where the breed originated. It serves as a symbol of British culture, both at home and abroad where a number of other nation’s equate this handsome breed with British national identity, whatever that may mean in a specific nation. During the Second World War, United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill was oftentimes compared to this breed for his relentless defiance of Nazi Germany even in the middle of the horrifying blitzkrieg years that still scar the lands of Britain.
Among other characteristics of the breed are a wide head and shoulders along with an extended lower mandible. The thick folds of the breed’s skin around its brow frame a short muzzle and dark, wide-set eyes. Though the species is a noted drooler, many owners feel this only adds to the breed’s appeal. Its coat is short, sleek and flat, with “proper” coloration being shades of fawn, piebald, brindle, red and white. The average weight of the breed is between 40 and 50 pounds (around 18 to 23 kilograms) and is among the few dog breeds where the tail is short by its nature and does not need to be docked.
Official Breed Standards
By official breed standards, its tail should be as straight as possible. That said, recent changes in Kennel Club policies seem to be trying to change the breed. Among these changes are guidelines trying to bring about a long muzzle, a smaller head, and fewer skin folds to improve the breed’s health, among them being an effort to make it easier for female bulldogs to give birth.
By way of temperament, many find this breed to be a great pet. They are often patient and friendly after centuries of breeding trying to reduce the breed’s aggression. However, this breed has a noted tendency to be incredibly stubborn, yet is also known to be very agreeable not only to their owners, but also a home’s children, its other dogs, and any other pets the owner may have.
Bulldogs can be amazing pets. But it is important to know about their physical and mental characteristics. Otherwise, it’s difficult to be a good pet parent!