E is for ENGLISH BULLDOG | #AtoZChallenge

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Day 5, April 6. E is for English Bulldog
Day 5, April 6


The English Bulldog developed centuries ago in Great Britain for use in fighting bulls (bullbaiting). Characteristically powerful and courageous, often vicious, and to a great extent unaware of pain, the bulldog nearly disappeared when dogfighting was outlawed in 1835. Fanciers of the breed, however, saved it and bred out its ferocity. Nicknamed the “sourmug,” the bulldog is a stocky dog that moves with a rolling gait. It has a large head, folded ears, a short muzzle, a protruding lower jaw, and loose skin that forms wrinkles on the head and face. Its short, fine coat is tan, white, reddish brown, brindle, or piebald. The bulldog stands 13 to 15 inches (33 to 38 cm) and weighs 40 to 50 pounds (18 to 23 kg). – Encyclopedia Brittanica Bulldogs have many health issues and their average lifespan is 8-10 years.

English Bulldog, #AtoZChallenge 2016, The Doglady's Den

Although in the top 10 of popular dog breeds, my exposure to English bulldogs has been limited to one walking client. Mind you, she had four of them – a mother named “Petunia”, with three offspring, Duncan, Sally and Lola. The assignment was to feed everyone lunch, let Petunia out in the yard and walk the pups. Mealtime was akin to “feeding time at the zoo”. They sounded like little piglets, snuffling for truffles, with not a morsel left behind. Only Duncan was willing to be walked. Sally and Lola played “catch me if you can” with the leashes, then refused to move once we hit the pavement. After a few futile attempts, the client agreed that exercising them in her large yard might be a good alternative. All three loved to play “fetch” and competed against each other. This was a better workout than walking and everyone was happy. The client moved away after a couple of years and I haven’t met any bulldogs since.


Do you think English bulldogs are cute, ugly or both?
Would you want a dog with so many health problems?

Looking forward to your comments!


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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56 thoughts on “E is for ENGLISH BULLDOG | #AtoZChallenge

  1. They are so cute! I love the expression. And yes, a friend of mine who owns one did mention the health problems. I know they’re exploited by anti-wrinkle cream brands! I was surprised to learn that the breed was in danger of disappearing! Thank you for sharing the anecdote, Debbie. I could just visualize the scene and found it so funny!
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    1. They are cute in their ugliness, I’d say. 🙂 It’s too bad about the health issues, but I’ve heard that breeders are pulling back from their stringent requirements about the facial features. Hope it helps! I hadn’t heard that about the anti-wrinkle cream brands. You’d think they’d be more interested in the Shar Pei. Thanks for coming by and have a great week. I know you will! 🙂
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  2. Although a cute dog, I probably would not want a dog with health problems. Pet insurance is still in its infant stages here, so the obscene amount of money that would be paid out would, IMO, not make a bulldog an ideal pet to have.

  3. I think they are cute…in an ugly kind of way. The sad thing is they have all these medical issues because humans messed with them to make their snout shorter and their legs shorter. I have to say I would not get one with medical issues due to their breed…I think it’s cruel to breed these dogs like that. Now if a dog needed help and I could help, I would.
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  4. My ex wanted to raise English Bulldogs. As a die-hard rescuer I was very much against the idea. I have to admit I fell madly in love with the dogs and caring for the pups is a lot of work, but they are absolutely adorable. As for temperament, I had two children and always had a house filled with their teenage friends and the dogs were just fine. When we had a family party, however, and small children were in attendance, I locked the dog up. Someone thought it would be fun to let the puppies out and the mother rushing out of the backyard and chased the little children then pinned one to the ground–the only aggressive moment I ever saw in the ten years we owned English Bulldogs, and yes she did have babies, but I do suspect the aggression had a lot to do with the fact that she was already uptight about hearing a dozen children running, playing, and shouting just on the other side of the fence. I would recommend separating the dog from unfamiliar children, and finding a veterinarian who is familiar with the breed–some vets do not know that the pups often cannot stand on their hind legs when they are born.
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  5. Hi Debbie. I’m not doing the challenge since I was off on my trip and didn’t get geared up, but decided I should read some posts so I am going to follow yours as I always enjoy them. I’ll go back and read the other letters, too. Dogs are the best and fun to read about.

    Interesting info about the bulldog. I’ve always felt sorry for them looking so homely. Why people would breed them to look like that, I don’t understand. And how sad they have so many health problems as a result. There is one in our neighbourhood and I find it cute to watch she and her owner waddling around the block together. The owner is short and stocky just like Angel and waddles like her, too. A true case of people looking like their pets, well except for the face. The woman isn’t quite that homely! Haha!
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    1. Thanks for reading my posts, Cathy. This theme was a natural for me. 🙂 I’m laughing at the mental picture you’ve painted about your neighbour and her dog. Bulldogs fall into the “so ugly they’re cute” category, for me. It is sad about the health issues and I wouldn’t want a dog with so many problems. Poor babies!
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  6. The bulldogs: they’re kind of so ugly they’re cute. I’ve never encountered a bulldog — but I can relate to the sounding like piglets when they eat: I have a few pugs who stay with me and to listen to them eat just cracks me up! Watching them eat is another treat, the way they mush their faces in to get their food. Craziness!

    That’s a shame that the breed has so many health issues. A lot of the dogs with the mushed-in faces have breathing disorders. I know the American Kennel Club has pulled back on it’s requirement for the faces to be so mushed-in, thereby attempting to help alleviate the health issues with the various breeds. I heard that anyway…

    Another great post Debbie!

    Michele at Angels Bark
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  7. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. I didn’t know that. Bulldogs are real fighter. It sound weird that they were at the point of extinct, but gratefully they survived. I hope some people will stop treating them like an entertainment products.

    You doing great effort and I want to wish you luck so far. You doing great !!

  8. Big fan here of the English Bulldog. We had a mix of English Bulldog and Walker Hound. Obviously, someone left the gate open at a most critical moment… Anyways, Bill had the best disposition of any dog I have ever known. All the neighborhood kids loved him. He had a few moments when provoked by other animals, but never initiated a squabble. To this day, I think about him, and always fondly.
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  9. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    I have loved English bulldogs as long as I can remember. I love their size, their rolling gait, their facial features, their furrows and their long drooling tongues. Throughout childhood I begged my parents to get me one, but I was not allowed to have a bulldog or any other breed because my mother didn’t want her clean, tidy house to get messy and smelly. (As a consolation prize, she and dad bought me something I didn’t want – a Mexican parrot – which constantly flapped its wings and scattered seed, water, and down feathers across a 20-foot radius of its cage. Plus, it was mean tempered, bit people and squawked incessantly!) When I got married and Mrs. Shady #1 and I decided we wanted a dog, I again brought up the idea of an English bulldog, but when we did research and learned about their breathing problems and other health issues, we opted for a toy breed, the Yorkie.

    Thank you, dear friend Debbie!
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      1. Hi, One L Michele!

        No, I would never buy another parrot. I love playful, affectionate animals that give unconditional love. Our parrot was the opposite of that. He was a one-man bird, meaning that he bonded with my dad and bit everybody else. When he was let out of his cage, he often “dive-bombed’ my mother and landed in her hair, poetic justice since she was the one who insisting we get a bird rather than a cuddly dog. 🙂
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