*Good With Children? Bulldogs are good with children. Of course, never leave a young child unsupervised with any dog or puppy.
*Good With Other Pets? Pretty good with pets except when feeding time comes.
*Trainability: They are highly intelligent but not always interested in being trained.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male bulldog is 12 to 16 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 53 to 55 pounds. The female ranges from 12 to 16 inches to the withers and 49 to 51 pounds.
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Bulldog is no exception. Be on the look out for poor eyesight, breathing difficulties, heat stroke, skin infections, canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), whelping problems, congenital heart disease and skin tumors. She may also require ear and dental care. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Grooming. The Bulldog coat is short, straight, flat and close to the body. She sheds an average amount. She should be brushed weekly to help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Her face and the insides of her wrinkles need to be wiped daily. Bathe only when she really needs it.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities
(rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
*Life Span. The Bulldog can live between 8 and 10 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
*History. The Bulldog originated in Great Britain from the Asiatic Mastiff. She is currently the symbol of Great Britain.
She was first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1934.
Some Registries: *Bulldog Club of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry
Litter Size: Average 4 Bulldog puppies
Category: Mastiff. Non sport.
Terms To Describe: Kind, pacific, dignified, courageous, heart of gold, great intelligence, attentive,
*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Good guard dog. Loves to play.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS Poor watch dog. Heat and cold sensitive. May be gassy. She snores. Very touchy about her food.
*Other Names Known By: English Bulldog.
*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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