Bulldog Standard Facts

Published: 19th March 2008
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Bulldogs, one of the most popular show dogs of recent time, are loved by many people for their sweet-temperament and friendly behavior. They are also known as British or English Bulldogs. Owing to their names, they reflect a true elegance and tenderness in their dealing with other animals including human. However, in earlier days, Bulldogs were mostly known as guard dogs. They were much known for their aggression and fighting instinct. Although uncommon now, but Bulldogs of today can even show their fighting instinct depending on the situations encountered.

In 1864, the first standard for Bulldogs was drafted in England. It was adopted in the year 1875. The Bulldog Club of America was formed in the year 1890, following which the club drafted a new standard in the year 1896. The standard was revised in the year 1914, while rejecting issues like the Dudley nose. But in the year 1976, once again the standard was reevaluated and the Dudley nose was redefined as brown colored nose. Once again in the year 1990, the standard was restated, however, not changing any words or terminologies from the statements.

Standard Bulldogs must have a medium-size body covered with smooth coat. Its native land is England. These dogs are marked with their short muzzle over a short-faced head. They are known for their dynamism, persistence and energy. The size of a standard adult Bulldog is about fifty pounds, while standard bitch around forty pounds. If observed from the front end, the eyes of the Bulldogs are positioned at the lower portion of the skull area, maintaining a wider distances from the ears.

These dogs have a very friendly, obedient and companionable personality, however, adored for their loyalty and occasional willfulness. Characteristically Bulldogs are so attached with family members that they usually do not cross the yard without human companionship. Since these dogs are so warm and friendly, they can mix very well and easily with children. Bulldogs are able to socialize with other dogs as well. Sometimes, their intelligence level is questioned out, but their devotion to their master is simply unfathomable.

Typically Bulldogs experience different health complications throughout their lifetime. Breathing issues are mostly common among many Bulldogs, occurring as a result of the shortness of the muzzle. This causes Bulldogs to snore. Some Bulldogs are at risk for developing interstitial cysts, which occurs in-between the toes. Although this condition is curable with the help of experienced veterinarian, the dog experiences an extensive level of discomfort. Other common health problems are allergies, cherry eyes and hip-related problems.

A daily cleaning is mandatory for Bulldogs in order to keep them away from different infections caused as a result of moisturizer accumulation. By consulting with vet, a regular teeth brushing is also necessary. Like any other breeds, Bulldogs need to undergo through exercise schedules. Otherwise, they are at high risk for developing excessive weight, which may in turn lead to certain other complicated health problems, such as lung and heart disorders. Cleaning of their tail is also needed.

Bobby Callahan is an experienced breeder, raiser and owner of dogs. The British standard for the Bulldog was first drafted in the year 1864. Bulldog information can be found in this article.

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