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One of the most beloved breeds in the world, the Bulldog was originally bred in England to bait the bulls and looked very different back then, compared to the dog we know and love today. Listed in the non-sporting category, the Bulldog is a short, stocky dog with a deep chest, short legs, big head and flat face.Typically standing only 12-18 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 40-70 pounds, the breed is known to have a host of health issues associated with the body structure that make him both adorable and short lived, with an average lifespan of only 6-11 years. Due to their large heads and wide chests, this breed normally must be bred by the use of artificial insemination and birthed by caesarian section as the puppies are usually too large to fit through the birth canal, making this breed both extremely expensive to breed, and to purchase. Along with the difficulty in breeding and birthing, the body structure of the Bulldog makes for an expensive pet as they are prone to a host of health issues both prevalent and inherent in the breed. For anyone that is able to look past the shortcomings and willing to take on the responsibility of owning a Bulldog, you will be rewarded with a sweet dog that is happy to share his life with you.
The Bulldog is widely known and loved for his expressive, grumpy face, but he is also known to be a dog that snores loudly, and passes gas frequently, which for his human admirers only adds to his charm and unique personality. The breed requires little in way of exercise, cannot handle warm climates, and does best in air conditioning in the summer months. The breed is thought to be lazy but in reality they just don’t need and cannot handle a lot of exercise due to their body structure and brachycephalic head structure. A slow, short walk in cool weather, or a short bit of playtime in the house is all that is needed to keep this breed happy. Bulldogs do have droopy dewlaps that makes the breed drool more than the average breed but tends not to be as excessive as it is in other mastiff type facial structures of other breeds. It should be noted that Bulldogs do love food, so a proper diet is necessary to prevent obesity and to avoid putting undue pressure on his joints, lungs and heart.
The short coat is easy to maintain with regular brushing and the occasional bath and shedding is minimal to moderate. The wrinkles and folds in the skin will require regular cleaning and care to prevent skin infections. The colors are widely varied from solids to spotted dogs of many different colors seen in the breed.
As this is a brachycephalic (short faced) breed, it is important to understand the needs of this type of breed prior to purchase to ensure that this breed suits your lifestyle and climate, and to provide proper care during hot weather or excessive activities for the health and well being of the dog.
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