English Bulldogs are known for their love of attention. They need lots of it! English bulldogs require a consistent amount of human interaction to keep them happy and healthy. If they don’t get enough attention from humans, they will become aggressive or even dangerous. You want your new family member to have the best chance at happiness and health so you must provide them with all the love and affection possible!
How much do you feed your new family member? How often should you feed him/her? What kind of foods should you give them? Is there any special diet recommendations for this breed?
These are some of the questions we address in our guide “Feeding Your Newborn Bulldog”.
We’ll start off with a basic overview of what an adult English bulldog looks like. Then we’ll go into more details about each part of the dog, including its coat and teeth. Finally, we’ll cover other common issues such as allergies and medical conditions.
What’s An Adult English Bulldog Like?
An adult English bulldog is usually around 12 inches tall (30 cm) when fully grown. Their size makes them very dominant over smaller dogs. They’re not the most graceful of breeds but they make up for it with their strength and power. They tend to be quiet but friendly towards everyone else, especially children!
They are muscular and stocky which makes them look a little “fat.” Without proper exercise they may become overweight. Since English bulldogs have so much excess skin, many end up looking like a “ball” with four legs!
An adult English bulldog has a large head with big, wide-set eyes. They have short muzzles, small thin ears, and a distinctive “frown.” Their nostrils are often larger than normal which means they can easily be irritated by other dogs while fighting.
Their teeth often don’t all fit in their mouth which can lead to dental issues. Finally, they have a very short tail which is either docked or bent naturally.
An English bulldog has a short, smooth, and thin coat. While some have a black coat with white patches, others have a white coat with black patches! They don’t shed very much but they do require weekly brushing to avoid tangles and knots.
What’s The Best Food For English Bulldogs?
There are many opinions on the best food for English bulldogs. While we can’t tell you what’s best for your dog, we will share some of the most popular options with you!
Royal Canin Bulldog
If you’re looking for a high-quality kibble, Royal Canin is a good choice. They offer a specific formula just for bulldogs.
While many people use Royal Canin with great success, some have noticed it gives their dogs very soft stool. Over time this can cause issues with impacted feces.
If you decide to go with Royal Canin, we recommend supplementing it with canned food and fresh vegetables.
Purina One Bully Sticks
These chews are made from compressed cowhide. They are 100% digestible and have a natural flavor.
There are a few different options when it comes to Purina One chews. They all have great reviews so you can’t go wrong!
Treat your English bulldog to a bully stick, cowhide chew, or a delicious biscuit! They’re all great options.
Orijen Grain-Free Dog Food
This is another high-quality grain-free kibble. It’s made from real meat and contains no unnecessary fillers.
It’s highly digestible meaning it’s easier to keep your dog’s stools regular. This is especially important if your dog has digestion issues.
As with all quality kibbles, you may want to supplement this food with some wet food and table scraps.
What Can You Tell Me About Common Health Issues?
Due to the poor breeding practices of the past, English bulldogs are prone to a range of health conditions. The most common include:
Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)
This is a group of breathing problems that are caused by the dogs’ squashed faces. The narrowed nostrils, overlarge tongue, and small windpipe all contribute to difficulty breathing.
Gasping or snorting while breathing
Stopping to take deep breaths regularly
Trouble exercising or becoming excited
Often times treatment involves surgically removing part of the dogs’ upper jaw to make more space for the tongue. This can help a lot but doesn’t always prevent the need for constant treatment.
This is a very common skin condition in short-nosed dogs. It’s caused by constant contact with wet surfaces.
Red, swollen, or flaky skin between the toes
May progress into more serious infections like yeast infections
Treatment involves soaking the paws in warm water twice a day for 10 minutes. You can also apply ointment or spray the paws with antifungal medication.
This is a rolling in of the eyelids. The hair growing inside the eyelid turns inward and can irritate or even damage the surface of the eye itself. It’s painful for the dog and often causes redness, tearing, and discharge.
Treatment involves surgery to correct the eyelid position.
Dogs with short muzzles are prone to skin conditions. Make sure to check for signs of infection or infestation and treat them quickly.
How Long Do English Bulldogs Live?
On average, an English bulldog lives between 6 and 10 years. While that’s certainly a good chunk of time, it’s important to remember these are generally unhealthy years.
The most common causes of death are congenital defects, genetic conditions, and cancer.
Interesting Facts About English Bulldogs
The very first official bulldog was a dog named “Bandog” who belonged to the Duke of Bolton in the early 1600s. He was used for baiting bulls and bears. The old but enduring Bulldog we all know today developed out of these dogs.
Sadly, dogfighting almost led to the extinction of the English bulldog. The Old English Bulldog was a much different looking dog. When dogfighting was outlawed in the early 1800s breeders began to alter the look of the dogs to make them more appealing to the public.
The “modern” English bulldog you see today is actually based on a mixture of several different breeds. These include: Mastiff, Pug, and Spanish Pointer.
John D. Johnson created the American Bulldog in order to revive the “old-fashioned” bulldog of the 1800s. The Johnson family has been instrumental in preserving the breed and promoting it as a family dog.
The very first printed depiction of an English bulldog was in 1805 for a book called “The Poll Keeper.” The owner keeps his bulldog chained up outside his house. He states that the bulldog’s purpose is to, “keep stray bulls out of the corn.”
The first mention of the English bulldog in writing was in 1631 when a man named Robert Greene wrote about his friend’s dog, “Mr. Poll.” In this short description it talks about Mr.
Poll’s fine features and how he keep the neighbor’s cow from grazing in his owner’s garden.
The United States is one of the few places in the world that doesn’t have any breed-specific bans against bull breeds. The rest of the world sees them as dangerous and has taken steps to eliminate this breed completely.
Famous English Bulldogs In History
“Farmer Bob” was a massive English bulldog who resided on a farm in London. He was known to accompany his owner around town on his delivery route. On August 31, 1867 a riot broke out at the Smithfield horse fair.
Farmer Bob stood his ground and defended his owner against the hooligans.
The dog was stabbed repeatedly and had his neck broken, but he stuck by his owner and ultimately died from his injuries. A funeral was held for him the very next day at Islington Cemetery. He was given a burial fit for a king with dozens of people in attendance.
“Farmer Bob” is still fondly remembered in London to this day. There’s even a bronze statue erected in his memory outside the Museum of London.
English bulldog puppies might be one of the most popular puppy searches on the internet, but it’s important to remember that these dogs don’t stay puppies for very long.
Bulldogs grow up fast and many have major health issues well before the age of 5. If you’re looking for a family dog, or a first time pet I would definitely steer clear of this breed.
Bulldogs may not be the most intelligent or energetic choice, but if you’re looking for a loyal companion that will always be there for you then the English bulldog is perfect. Just remember to provide lots of love and care.
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