If you are looking for a dog that is the perfect family companion and you have plenty of time to give, the British Bulldog may be ideal for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of a British Bulldog
The British is a heavyset dog that stands low to the ground. They have a very broad, powerful and compact body. One of the defining characteristics of the British Bulldog is their massive head and their flat, squashed face. The muzzle is short and inclined with a distinctive under bite, and the eyes are wide apart, determined, and almost hidden behind a fold of skin. The British Bulldog can weigh up to 25kg. The coat is short and relatively soft and it comes in brindle, white, pied, fallow, fawn, and red colours.
The British Bulldog Temperament
The British Bulldog is a placid, gentle dog that enjoys the company of its owner. They are actually a great companion animal and they are good natured and very tolerant of children. The British Bulldog can be very protective of what they see as theirs but they really are guard dog in appearance only. They get along well with other pets but it is best to socialise them from a young age.
Caring for a British Bulldog
Because the British Bulldog is short coated, it does not require much in the way of grooming. In fact, you just need to give them a brush fairly regularly (say weekly), and bathe as necessary. However, you will need to pay particular attention to the folds on their face. These need to be cleaned daily by drying the folds with cotton wool, and applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to prevent chafing and to create a barrier against tear stains. You also need to clean any folds on the body regularly. The area underneath the root of the tail will require the same amount of attention. While a British Bulldog does require some exercise, you need to be very careful that you don’t let the dog become agitated or overheated. Therefore, walking your dog should be done during the cooler hours of the day and you should do everything you can to ensure that your dog is at a comfortable temperature at all times.
A British Bulldog will generally live for around 8 years on average but they can live for 10 years or more with a good diet and plenty of loving care.
Who is the British Bulldog Suited To?
The British Bulldog makes a great family pet but they are best suited to people that are aware of the bulldog’s needs and are prepared to fulfil them. You should be cautious if you are frailer or have young children as the British Bulldog can be quite rambunctious.