Dog Breed In Focus – The British Bulldog

Tough by standard Tender by nature Terrific to own

To own a British Bulldog is a very special experience, and one which makes you doubt if you could ever own any other breed.

The Bulldog is renowned for its temperament, being amongst the best temperament of any breed throughout the world.

The Bulldog is one of the most recognised dogs in the world. Very small children will say “That’s a Bulldog” as you walk past.

Origin

The Bulldog’s origin dates back hundreds of years, when it was used for bull-baiting and bear-baiting in Britain.

When this so-called “sport” was outlawed in the 1800’s, a few fanciers of the breed continued breeding to produce a dog with ferocious looks but with a gentle and kind nature, until we have the unique breed of today.

Appearance

The Bulldog is a compact, smooth coated, thick set dog, rather low in stature, but broad and powerful. He has a peculiar gait because of his tacked on shoulders. The colours of the Bulldog are red, white, brindle and fawn, and combinations of these colours.

Tales About Bulldogs

There are many myths regarding the  Bulldog, and most people can tell you something negative but unfounded about the breed. It is recommended that you buy a book on the raising and caring of Bulldogs, and the history of the breed.

Health

Like any other breed, Bulldogs may be prone to a variety of health problems. Before you buy a puppy, ask the breeder about problems in his bloodlines. Buying a puppy should be done with care. Bulldog health problems you may encounter: an elongated soft palate, small trachea, allergies, entropian, ectropian (eyelid anomalies). The average life span is about nine years with some living past 12 years (larger breeds of dogs live shorter lives generally).

Not all veterinarians are knowledgeable when treating Bulldogs. It is best to use a vet that your breeder uses or recommends.

Care

They do require special attention daily, needing the folds in their faces to be thoroughly cleaned, as well as normal general grooming.

At the same time, this is their special bonding time as they do love the added attention. It takes all of five minutes to give them a quick face wash.

They do require special attention on extremely hot days, but so do kids and older people, so common sense is the rule here. It is necessary to keep a watchful eye on your dog in hot weather or in any stressful situation, making sure he has shade and cool clean water. Exercise is important for a Bulldog to build stamina and prevent obesity, but don’t over-do it, particularly when it is hot or humid.

Dogs and Children

They are absolutely the most wonderful dog for children to grow up with. They love children; although with smaller children, they can be a bit boisterous, and with their great weight they can easily knock over a small child, which can cause the child to become alarmed. They are extremely tolerant of children and are not snappy if a child is too rough with them. Of course any dog needs supervision around children!!

Behaviour/Characteristics

Before buying a Bulldog you should ask yourself why? If the dog you want has the characteristics of a Kelpie or Cattle Dog, then a Bulldog is not for you.

They are a breed with a mind of their own: stubborn; not the dog that will always come running when you call.

They are clean in habits and easily house trained. A Bulldog can become whatever you want him to be – a lounge lizard, a walking companion, or a handy dog around the house to let you know when someone is there (a Bulldog rarely barks and when they do, it is worth checking). But most of all, a Bulldog will return the love you give him ten times over. He is very adaptable to all members of the family – he is not a “one man dog”: he has enough enthusiasm and love to share around.

Cost

British Bulldogs are an expensive breed to buy. They are difficult to breed, expensive with vet bills during the whelping time, and expensive with feeding puppies correct and balanced meals, vaccinations, worming, microchipping etc., and require very dedicated breeders to rear a litter well.

Breed Club Information

If you decide to buy a British Bulldog, it would be advisable to contact a member of The British Bulldog Club of NSW Inc., through the secretary. This information is available through www.dogsnsw.org.au
Club meetings are held on the 4th Friday of the odd months of the year at 75 Batt Street Sefton (Community Hall) at 8.00pm.