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Facts about Bulldogs for Kids


  • The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog.
  • Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog, Old English Bulldog (now extinct), Leavitt Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and the French Bulldog.
  • The Bulldog is a muscular, hefty dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose.
  • The American Kennel Club (AKC), The Kennel Club (UK), and the United Kennel Club (UKC) oversee breeding standards.
  • Bulldogs are the 5th most popular purebreed in the United States in 2013 according to the American Kennel Club.
  • There are generally thick folds of skin on a Bulldog’s brow; round, black, wide-set eyes; a short muzzle with characteristic folds called a knot above the nose; hanging skin under the neck; drooping lips and pointed teeth, and occasionally an underbite.
  • Bulldogs are one of the few breeds whose tail is naturally short and either straight or screwed and thus is not cut or docked as with some other breeds.
  • In 1666, English scientist Christopher Merret applied: “Canis pugnax, a Butchers Bull or Bear Dog”, as an entry in his Pinax Rerum Naturalium Britannicarum.
  • Though today’s Bulldog looks tough, he cannot perform the job he was originally created for as he cannot withstand the rigors of running and being thrown by a bull, and also cannot grip with such a short muzzle.
  • In 1894 the two top Bulldogs, King Orry and Dockleaf, competed in a contest to see which dog could walk 20 miles.
  • A 2004 UK survey of 180 Bulldog deaths puts the median age at death at 6 years 3 months.
  • Statistics from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals indicate that of the 467 Bulldogs tested between 1979 and 2009 (30 years), 73.9% were affected by hip dysplasia, the highest amongst all breeds.
  • They can be heavy breathers, and they tend to be loud snorers.In 2014 the Dutch Kennel Club implemented some breeding rules to improve the health of the Bulldog.
  • In January 2009, after the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed, The Kennel Club introduced revised breed standards for the British Bulldog, along with 209 other breeds, to address health concerns.
  • Opposed by the British Bulldog Breed Council, it was speculated by the press that the changes would lead to a smaller head, fewer skin folds, a longer muzzle, and a taller thinner posture, in order to combat problems with respiration and breeding due to head size and width of shoulders.
  • The Bulldog breed is the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps, and many bases have their own mascot on base.