What is a bulldog? – Part 1
What is a bulldog? Well, it’s quite literally a bundle of cuddly joy. It is stocky, wrinkly, and only sort of likes to bark. And who does not love that snore? Today we share some common traits about this adorable chap.
When we talk about a bulldog, most people picture the classic English bulldog. But if you know your breeds, you know that the smaller French breed is just as common as its English counterpart.
A short history of the breed
It is widely known that the bulldog is a result of a sport called bull-baiting that ended in 1835. However, most people also say that before the breed was used in bull-baiting, this large, stocky dog was actually kept as a herding dog. Bull-baiting sadly continued for 350 years, and was it not for the breed’s exportation to the United States and Germany, it may be extinct. In England, the bulldog was bred to be the smaller dog we know today (the breed used for bull-baiting probably weighed 36kg).
The English versus the French breed
The English bulldog is the larger of the two breeds. It also has a thicker, heavier look than the French bulldog. If you are struggling to picture a French bulldog, think of a pug that has big round eyes and ears shaped like a bat. They are however similar in that they are adorable, loyal and affectionate dogs.
What are the traits of bulldogs?
If you are unsure of which breed to choose for your family, consider the following traits before making that final decision.
The English bulldog
- Does not bark very much
- Does well around children and other dogs
- Snores, drools, snorts and wheezes
- Can be a bit of a gentleman
- Might try to lie on your lap but ends up comfortably lying by your feet
- Must ideally be socialised early
- Needs some exercise
- Has a lifespan of 8 – 10 years
The French bulldog
- Sometimes barks
- Likes to play
- Will lie on your lap
- Can be stubborn
- Not easy to housetrain, like most stubborn breeds
- Has a lifespan of up to 14 years
Please join us for Part 2 later this week where we will discuss common health issues and taking care of this wrinkly furkid.