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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.
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!