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AKC Meet the Breeds: Bulldog

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Known for their loose-jointed, shuffling gate and a massive, short-faced head, the Bulldog is known to be equable, resolute, and dignified. A medium-sized dog, they are not your typical lap dog, but would like to be! They are one of the most popular breeds, according to AKC Registration Statistics, due to their lovable and gentle dispositions and adorable wrinkles. The Bulldog may be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow, or piebald.

A Look Back
Said to have originated in the British Isles, the name "bull" was applied because of the dog's connection with bull baiting. The original bulldog had to be ferocious and courageous, and almost insensitive to pain. When dog fighting became illegal in England, fanciers set to the task of preserving the breed by eliminating the fierce characteristics. Within a few generations, the Bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens with an agreeable temperament.

Right Breed for You?
Bulldogs are recognized as excellent family pets because of their tendency to form strong bonds with children. They tend to be gentle and protective. The breed requires minimal grooming and exercise. Their short nose makes them prone to overheating in warm weather, so make sure to provide a shady place to rest.

  • Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1886.
  • Ranging in size from 40 to 50 pounds.
  • Family companion.

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