Wednesday, 16 November 2011 00:29
This month’s featured breed is the Bulldog, one of the most popular breeds, widely known for it’s muscular build and adorably wrinkled face. The American Kennel Club refers to this breed as, “equable, resolute and dignified.”
The name “Bull” was given to this breed in correlation with the dog’s use in bull baiting, a sport popular in the 17th century. According to the AKC, the original Bulldog was valued for it’s courageousness, ferocity and insensitivity to pain. Once dog fighting became illegal in England, the breed was preserved by eliminating the fierce characteristics and within a few generations, the Bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens with an agreeable temperament.
Bulldogs are medium in build with a thick, low-swung body and sturdy limbs. They range in size from 40 to 50 pounds and about 12 to 16 inches. A Bulldog comes in the colors white, red, fawn, yellow, brindle, or piebald. Distinguishing characteristics of the breed include wide shoulders and wrinkled head, a pronounced underbite and a naturally short and curled tail.
Bulldogs have a kind and courageous disposition with a dignified demeanor, despite their famous agitated expression. Bulldogs can be great dogs for apartment or urban dwellers since they require minimal grooming and exercise. They are generally known for getting along well with other dogs, pets and children – so they can be great family pets.
With its agreeable personality and lovable disposition, the Bulldog can make a wonderful addition to almost any home. If you are wondering whether the Bulldog is the right breed for you, an expert at Happiness Is Pets can help you determine whether your lifestyle and personality are a good fit.