Bulldog

Non-Sporting Group

Two Bulldogs lying on ground in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

12-16 in

Weight

Females 40-51 lbs, Males 51-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

8-10 yrs

History

The Bulldog originated in England around the year 1500. Their ancestors were originally bred for the gruesome sport of bull baiting, where a pack of dogs would fight a bull and spectators would bet on the outcome. These ancestral Bulldogs had extremely high pain tolerance, huge jaws, and were taller and larger than today’s Bulldogs. After bull baiting was outlawed in 1835, breeders began selecting for a gentler temperament, transitioning a ferocious fighting dog into a sweet and mellow companion.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bulldogs will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★☆☆☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Very friendly, loyal, and easy-going; makes friends with everyone they meet

Can be a bit stubborn and difficult to train

Mellow and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle- sometimes might need some encouragement to go on walks

Gentle and generally do well with children and other pets

Prone to overeating and tend to have lots of flatulence