Bulldog

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49-51 lbs
12-13"
England
English Bulldog, British Bulldog

The Bulldog is quite the opposite of his appearance; while they can look quite fierce and threatening, they are the complete opposite. These dogs have a gentle, friendly nature, adore their human family, and have a dose of mischievous stubbornness. Above all, they are loyal to their family. They are highly spirited as a puppy but grow into a calm adult. They are fond of children and very tolerant; if they have had enough, they will just get up and move away. They also get along well with other animals and are one of the easiest natured dogs to bring into a mixed household. They can be a bit on the lazy side as they mature, preferring to sit at your side and watch the action. They will join in the games with the kids but not for long; you will soon have them back at your side snoozing in the sun. They do overheat easily and need a cool retreat in summer. The Bulldog does drool and snore and they can have health issues because of their short nose, but they are devoted funny loveable dogs.

Purpose
bull baiting, cattle driving
Date of Origin
1200s
Ancestry
asiatic mastiff

Bulldog Health

Average Size
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 50-53 lbs
Height: 12-13 inches Weight: 49-51 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Head Tremors
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Difficulty In Breeding
  • Obesity
  • Heat Stroke
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • Skin Scraping
  • Physical Examination

Bulldog Breed History

The Bulldog descended from ancient Mastiffs that originated in the Asian areas, and wandering nomads brought the breed with them when they went to Europe. The Mastiff was refined during breeding, becoming the dog we know today as the Bulldog. With its short muzzle and wide lower jaw, it was ideal for the blood sport known as bull baiting. The dog would keep low to the ground to avoid being tossed by the bull, and then it would clamp its teeth onto a bull’s nose. The upturned shape of the dog’s nose allowed it to breath as it remained clinging to the bull, hence their name, the Bulldog. The breed has a high tolerance to pain, but many were injured or killed in the sport. The authorities outlawed this barbaric sport in England during 1835, and many wondered what the Bulldog would now do. Indeed, the dog was very aggressive, a result of being bred with the most aggressive and courageous dogs available, so it was not a good companion dog at that time. These dogs were used in bear baiting before the outlawing of this sport, and the breed was bred to be softer and gentler. The breed then spread to America and Germany where they made ideal companion dogs and helped create the Boxer breed. Because of this dog’s stalwart devotion, it has been made the mascot for several colleges as well as the United States Marine Corps. The Bulldog is respected for their qualities of loyalty and determination that they represent. The ferociousness that the Bulldog was known for has been bred out of the breed, and they are now known to have the sweetest, most loving disposition! 

Bulldog Breed Appearance

The Bulldog is a solid compact looking animal, medium in size and has short legs. This breed has a distinctive walk; they walk in a loose-jointed, shuffling sidewise roll. They can be a solid dog when mature, no longer easy to lift! The body and head are massive, with extra skin on the skull and those famous skin folds and wrinkles on the face. The cheeks extend to the sides of their eyes, and the muzzle is wide, short, and pug shaped with a broad, deep stop. Although their black noses are broad with large nostrils, because of the shortness of the muzzle they do have breathing or respiratory problems. The eyes are dark in color and deep set, and they have small thin ears that are set high on the head. The jaws are truly impressive, broad, square and massive with hanging upper lips. The teeth should have an under bite, which was important when they were involved with bull baiting as they would latch onto the bull’s nose with their strong jaws and would not let go – they were tenacious to the extreme. While that aggressive part of their nature is no longer present in the breed, they still have the impressive equipment that they utilised. Their tail is either straight or screwed and carried low. With their plush soft, smooth coats, they are adorable as puppies and come in a range of colors from red brindle to white, to piebald and everything in between. 

Appearance of bulldog
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Red
Brindle
White
Fawn
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bulldog Breed Maintenance

The Bulldog is very easy to maintain and keep with their short soft hair only requiring a firm bristle brush once a week and a face wipe with a damp cloth every day. It is important to wipe in the folds of their skin though, to remove debris and check that there is no inflammation, sores, or parasites lurking. Make sure you dry these fold after the wash. Other grooming needs are nail care and dental hygiene; get them used to this at an early age so that they enjoy it. Also, check their ears and wipe them out carefully, removing dirt and wax with a cloth, and never poke anything in the ear canal. They are inactive indoors, ideal for apartments, and have a low to moderate energy level. They do need a good walk each day to help them to stay in shape and keep fit, as they love food and can put on weight easily. Because of their pushed in faces, the Bulldog doesn’t do well in the extreme heat or cold, for that matter, they need air conditioning in hot weather as even 30 minutes outdoors in 85-degree temperatures can be fatal for them. They need plenty of water to drink and will love a shallow child’s play pool to cool off in, but because of their massive heads, they are not good swimmers so protect them from your swimming pool as they can drown easily. 

Brushes for Bulldog
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bulldog Temperament

The Bulldog is generally a quiet canine, dignified in manner but also fun to be with. This dog is of a trainable nature but is known to be stubborn, so patience may be needed in obedience class. Taking your pet to obedience training is recommended for his safety and your sanity, but socialisation is important too, allowing the Bulldog to fit in with other canines at the park or doggy daycare. Bulldogs do well with other pets although a well trained Bulldog makes a better housemate for cats and animal members newly introduced to the home. The Bulldog loves children but may not have the energy level they prefer in a play companion. The Bulldog enjoys nothing more than an afternoon of relaxation with the family, of whom he is very protective. Your Bulldog will crave attention and along with it consistent training, making him a wonderful addition to the family.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Bulldog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Bulldog Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 38 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 46 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 51 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 49 lbs

Top Bulldog Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bulldog breeders of 2018.
Toby Tubby Bulldogs
Oxford, Mississippi
Ultimate Bulldogs
New Milford, New Jersey
Exact Classic Bulldogs
Auburn, Indiana
Low Rider Bulldogs
Charleston, South Carolina
Magic Valley Bulldogs
Snohomish, Washington
Winsome Bulldogs
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Peres Bulldogs on Broadway
La Harpe, Kansas
Cash's Bull Babies
Owingsville, Kentucky
CMT Bulldogs
Yorktown, Virginia
Dulcinea French and English Bull Dogs
Land O Lakes, Florida

Bulldog Owner Experiences

5 Years
People
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snuggling
Eating Snacks
Bulldogs are very lovable dogs, but they can be very stubborn and lazy. They may be excited to see you, but when it comes to walking, they’re not going to want to go very far. You also have to be aware of their breathing because they can overheat easily.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Sleeping
sitting
Bulldogs are super cute, but can be frustrating to walk at times - they have been known to plop down in the middle of the sidewalk and refuse to even budge. Despite this, they are sweet, loving dogs who know what they want - to sleep.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Sniffing
sitting
petting
The bulldogs that I have walked have had minimal energy. Some of them the owners have instructed to just let them sniff and to sit with them and give them affection. I have found it hard to ever get bulldogs to consistently walk on more than a 10 minute dog walk. They do love to sniff and get pet while sitting down on walks. They have never been aggressive.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Loves to walk slowly or not at all. But loves to sniff around probably in hopes of not having to walk anymore haha. Loves to like and mark their territory and sometimes pick things up in Their mouths!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
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Playing with toys
Laying in the sun
sitting
Most Bulldogs are lazy pups but are very loving. The one I walked loved playing fetch inside but didn't enjoy walking for a long period of time. She was super sweet and also loved her treats and belly rubs like almost all pups do.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Sleeping
Eating Snacks
Bulldogs are such funny dogs. They are generally super calm dogs, and very hard to excite. I've walked a 5 year old bulldog a few times, and he's super sweet. He doesn't like walking at all though! He'll do his business and instantly pull to go back inside. Very food driven!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Leo's walks have taught me so much!
Leo is a real challenge to walk, and with that I fell in lvoe with him! He has a grumpy old man personality, so patience is a must with this Bulldog! He is a heafty guy, and has a very expressive, wrinkled face. Bulldog's have a pushed in nose, so they have loud breathing almost always. Leo has wide shoulders and a large head, and his eyes are very experssive...stubborn. This combination made me laugh when I walked Leo...I always thought, he might be Winston Churchill reincarnated - Churchill had a bulldog!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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not moving
All the bulldogs I've walked didn't want to be outside for longer than it took them to their business. Lazy but sweet pups.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
6 Months
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My bulldog experiences are typically the same. A sweet chunk of a dog greets you with a lot of snorts. They reluctantly head out on their walk even though they would like to stay inside where it’s warm. If it’s raining out it’s going to take some major bribing. Go slow, don’t push it. They’ll want to sniff and pee and pee and explore and pee. They love marking their area.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Bulldogs are generally easy-going and lazy. They can be protective of their owners. Some bulldogs do not like walking at all and may just need to be let out to go potty, per owner's request. Bulldogs have short nasal passages which makes them susceptible for breathing issues and should not be walked in extreme heat and cold. Bulldogs often have skin allergies (grain-free diet), chronic each infections, tail pocket infections and require daily cleaning of skin folds, etc. A harness must be used instead of a collar to avoid damage to the neck/airway.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Eating Snacks
With a particular English Bulldog that I've walked, who was slightly overweight, I've found that bulldogs can be very lazy. They have to be very motivated to get them to do what you want. It was an effort to get this dog out of the apartment or even a block from the building, but he was very motivated by treats. Also, because of the way his face is, he would get out of breath easily.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
being pet
I have walked many bulldogs and have found a lot of them aren't super keen on walking! They love to just saunter around the block and look for snacks. There is one I have walked several times who is a character and loves to lay in the middle of the street and look around to see if any pedestrians noticed how cute he is! They are funny dogs
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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I have walked a few bulldogs and they are the worst for aggression towards other dogs. They are very strong and will pull towards other dogs, growling. Two of the dogs I walked once escaped from their yard (I wasn’t there, the owner told me) and attacked another dog. The owner of the dog, an elderly man, was knocked down. Bulldog owners really should have their dogs professionally trained as they are very dangerous.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
People
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I have walked a few bulldogs and they are the worst for aggression towards other dogs. They are very strong and will pull towards other dogs, growling. Two of the dogs I walked once escaped from their yard (I wasn’t there, the owner told me) and attacked another dog. The owner of the dog, an elderly man, was knocked down. Bulldog owners really should have their dogs professionally trained as they are very dangerous.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Energy
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being a clown
Slobbering
Relaxing
licking
I’ve always loved bulldogs. They were always my favorite growing up. Anytime I saw them, I thought this is the dog that I want. Given my fair amount of experience with them, I don’t think they’d be the right fit for me as they are hmmm...lacking the athleticism and energy I’d need as a dog owner that’s super active. Don’t get me wrong, they are still probably the most fun, happiest, and funniest dogs you’ll ever come in contact with. They are big slobbering licking balls of fur love. As walkers they’re sometimes difficult as it’s not their forte and they enjoy much more just laying around and relaxing and sunbathing. Their health also is an issue for me as they are prone to health problems given their breed .
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Chief was an amazing cutie! He ran to the door with so much love. Cheif knew what I was there for. He gave me so many kisses. On our adventure he made sure I was watching him closely and would sneak a lick on my leg. I had the pleasure to walk this Ham twice. The greatest experience I had on a dog walk. He made sure I always gave him a belly Rub before I left. That cute face of Cheif’s was to die for. :-) I love you Cheif 💞🐾
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
People
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Energy
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Playdate
Bulldogs are gentle Giants. Some have a ton of energy While others not so much. There's smushy faces make it a little difficult in warmer weather to walk for longer distances. They are very affectionate dogs who love attention and playing in the grass or with the balls. They require a lot of maintenance some may have really bad allergies while others suffer from ear issues. But they are really great family dogs and big lovers
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Tug-of-war
being pet
In my experience with bulldogs of varying ages, they tend to be rather stubborn. If they don't want to walk, you won't walk. However, this stubbornness is not malicious in anyway. They just can't be bothered. You can be trying to get a bulldog to move down the street one second, and the next second they are rubbing your leg to get you to come down to their level for more pets.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Pearl is a tiny black bulldog with the sweetest big eyes who loves to run in her lopsided way for the entire walk. She makes up her mind when and for how long she'll walk, and she only pees or poops if she wants to, but she is house trained and easy to care for. She loves to play tug-of-war, whether it's with a chew toy or a ball.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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The bulldog pulls a lot and is strong but still got a good ferm grip on the leash at all times
1 month, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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Attention
Walking
English Bulldogs are everyone's favorite and we were stopped multiple times on every block, but the dog loved the attention and was calm and sweet with all people. Bulldogs are typically not as lively as other dogs but still enjoy getting out and sniffing around. This particular bulldog was crate-trained and loved her crate. She didn't have very much respect for my personal space, but she is so cute that I imagine most people don't mind having her lick their face. Bulldogs are loud breathers due to their nasal configuration, and this bulldog was no exception. I did not come in contact with other dogs, so I am not sure how this bulldog would be with other dogs, but I think that most bulldogs are indifferent to other dogs.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Months
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He was still a puppy so he was very affectionate and cuddly. He wanted to stay inside and get love. When I took him outside he went potty and pooped but then he was ready to go back inside. I tried coaxing him and encouraging him to walk with me but he was very stubborn. As soon as we began walking towards the door to go back inside he was excited and playful. He loved meeting new people and tried to pick up everything that we crossed paths with that happened to be on the ground. When we saw another playful dog he was very excited and happy to get to see a friend.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
10 Years
People
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sleep
petting
Loves people but inconsistently affectionate. May greet you as you enter, may not. Does not like to walk for long, due to overall laziness and low energy level. Becomes overheated very quickly due to being a poor breather. Great with kids. Not needy, even-keeled temperament. Drool everywhere! Medium amount of shedding. Compliant on the leash. Generally disinterested in other dogs, although will retaliate if provoked, although bark way bigger than bite (literally, see underbite :-) Mine was not particularly playful, when thrown a ball would just let it drop, and did nothing. As a younger dog would do a bit of tug of war, but really had no interest as he got older. World class sleeper. High maintenance skin, always on an antihistamine. Prone to infections, bacterial and yeast because of folds. Skin stayed more under control on a limited ingredient, grain free diet.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Run
Walk
Eating Snacks
Pliny was an English bulldog I boarded for four days. He was incredibly sweet and very snuggly. He did enjoying walking only when he had to use the bathroom. After he was finished, he went straight towards the front of my building. I did not have any issues with him during the boarding. He always ate the food he was given, ate his snacks, and played with his squeaky toy. He did salivate a lot when he ate though, and when he drank water drips would follow wherever he walked. He was friendly towards other people and dogs but he was more careless too. He did not bark. He really wanted to cuddle with me on my bed but I did not allow him on so I went to the floor and hugged him instead. He did wake up pretty early because he tended to nap all day, frustrating! But overall, he was such a sweet pup.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Running
Very energetic breed, got tired pretty quickly and was breathing heavy. Due to its young age it wasn't slowing down much it kept leading the way l.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
9 Years
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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snacking
sitting
Laying on bed
I did a one day boarding with an extremely sweet, older bulldog named Parker. He was 9 years old and was on the heavier side, he also had bad legs in general so he did not enjoy long walks at all. He was very content and happy just laying on the bed with me or sitting in a chair looking out the window. He was very friendly and liked to lay near you but didn’t necessarily want you to be all over him but he didn’t mind when I had to pick him up to get up and down from the bed since he can’t jump because of his legs. He didn’t eat a lot of food but it’s possible he was nervous about being in a new place. I adored him.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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She was a sweet dog, a bit nervous with new people at first but warmed up pretty well. But she was incredibly stubborn, and very disinterested in walking.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Playing with there toys
Short walks
Eating Snacks
Toy
I have walked 2 they habe stubborn personalities are some whay independent but have a lot of health issues
1 month, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Belly rubs
stairs
Walking
Bulldogs are hilarious! They have such strong personalities. They sometimes even lay down in front of complete strangers and ask for belly rubs. When they are puppies, they can be a little stubborn. However, with time and training, these dogs can truly thrive and be great walking partners. They are resilient. They can sometimes be hesitant with strangers, as they are a particularly protective breed. Bull dogs are great walking partners and even love a good jog. While they vary in size, they don't often get too big to handle, even for a smaller person. Once you've won over the trust of a bulldog, they become very affectionate and sometimes protective of the people that they keep close to them. Overall, bulldogs are wonderful dogs to walk.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Meet Panda! Panda was such a little sweetie and rocking an awesome onsie! Panda had a classic bulldog personality and was very stubborn 😁. Panda decided the route we were walking and would stop and sit if I tried to go a way he did not approve of. I also don't think he was very amused by the snow and sleet coming from the skies as he often didn't want to walk! Classic bully breed!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Friendliness
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Tug-of-war
He did not like to walk at all. It was very difficult to get him to walk more than just a few feet from the door of the home. But on the flip-side, he was super friendly and just wanted to play tug-of-war once we were back inside the apartment. Definitely not a breed for someone who likes to walk.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
7 Years
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This bulldog was extremely stubborn. He would not go more than a few inches without needing to be coerced with a treat. He would then randomly lunge at things. He was very heavy so it was somewhat difficult to control him. He was very sweet and people friendly, he just really did not want to walk. He slobbered a lot and loved attention and treats, but not walks.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Playing with toys
Fetch
My bulldog experience was very chill and relaxed. Her name was Bella. Her owner needed me to take her out for a potty break and play inside with her for a little bit. I walked her twice and both times we would go outside, but not before she tried giving me a hard time about getting her harness on. Once outside, she would do her business and not much else. She definitely was not interested in walking much! We had to climb stairs after outside time, and from her breathing alone I could tell the little walk and ascending the stairs took a lot of her energy. Once we got back to her home, she would love to play fetch with her toys. She had one toy in particular that I assume was her favorite because she would chase after it the most. The walk was more about playing with her and interacting with her to get her moving around rather than getting her daily exercise through walking. She seemed very happy to be inside more than outside. The only way I could get her to move around more outside was to offer her treats of encouragement! She was very sweet and kind.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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lounging
Sleeping
Dressing up
I cared for 2 bulldgs - 1 a mama that had just had puppies! Both very friendly to all humans, even around newborn pups! Did wonderful with young human children holding her puppies. Quite inactive, will run around outside in yard for a minute or two but usually tired out and would want to come back in to lay on couch. Always begging for food. Enjoys sunbathing.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Laying in the sun
Nap
Bulldogs tend to be stubborn and aren't keen on walking far. Most have shown traits of being treat motivated, but still stubborn even then. They usually will walk a short distance before letting you know that they are ready to go back home (sitting or pulling back towards home). I haven't known one that shows aggression. You do have to keep their wrinkles/folds clean to prevent bacteria from congregating.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Walk
Eating Snacks
Explore the city
The bulldog I met was friendly, but not excitable. He walked slow, and was kind to strangers. We avoided most dogs. Most notably, the dog was very prone to lunging towards and eating food scraps he found on the sidewalk. He kept a leisurely pace, but enjoyed walking. He also was stubborn, and had a good idea as to where he wanted to walk!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Walk
Eating Snacks
Explore the city
The bulldog I met was friendly, but not excitable. He walked slow, and was kind to strangers. We avoided most dogs. Most notably, the dog was very prone to lunging towards and eating food scraps he found on the sidewalk. He kept a leisurely pace, but enjoyed walking. He also was stubborn, and had a good idea as to where he wanted to walk!
1 month, 4 weeks ago
9 Months
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I have many experiences walking bulldogs. I have walked English bulldogs more than 15 + times with Wag, and I have walked French bulldogs about 3 or 4 different occasions as well. I do enjoy walking this breed, even though I am not able to run or jog alongside the dog very often with this breed. If you choose to walk bulldogs, you should know that they get very tired after 5-10 minutes of continuous walking, and much of the time they are stubborn about walking and want treats to motivate them to get moving. Try not to give in with too many treats during walks because this dog breed also seems to grow quickly and have trouble with weight and weight gain. I have found that this type of dog can be trained and motivated through words and phrases, but this does take time and the owner must also be willing to work with the dog. One English bulldog I walk often is a puppy, but she is really starting to improve and show a lot of motivation on her walks as well as an increasing activeness/desire to run at times because her owner spends hours each day trying to improve her behavior. Her owner takes her to meetup bulldog parties, gets her swimming lessons, and really cares about the wellbeing of her pet. At times when this dog is very very tired from multiple walks or swimming, she becomes stubborn and does not want to walk at all. It also seems a bit difficult to housebreak this type because she seems to have accidents often in the building. To motivate, a lot of the time I just use the scent of the dog treat to get her to run and jog. After a while, I think she really enjoys it. This type of dog does not seem to destroy anything/want to chew on items in the home (can be left outside of a crate usually). Another English bulldog I walk often has similar behavior with refusing to walk after a certain point during the walk and needs motivation through a treat. This type of dog walks about a half mile on average during a 30 min walk (does not usually need an hour walk or longer since it is difficult to get them to move). This breed offers a slower paced walk, and they are usually quite friendly. Taking a rest halfway through the walk to petting them for comfort is always a good thing as well. They do in fact seem to be playful in nature as a whole.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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I walked a middle-aged bulldog a few times through Wag. He was a very sweet guy and was perfectly content walking slowly around the neighborhood. He snorted and coughed his way through our walk. He was definitely stubborn, and I've noticed this with bulldogs in the past. If he wanted to or did not want to go a certain way, he would throw his body weight against the leash and refuse to move. I had to take his lead most of the time. He produced a lot of snot and drool, so that's something to keep in mind when getting a bulldog. They might require some cleanup! Overall, he was a very sweet guy and let me pet him while we walked.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playing with people
treats
Bulldogs are slightly hard to walk. They are very stubborn and are mostly food oriented. While sweet and very friendly they are just hard to keep going.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
snoring
Eating Snacks
Belly rubs
Laying down
Watching tv
sleep
Sleeping
slowly walking
begging
They're suborn breed. They have to be motivated to do something that you want them to do. You can motivate them with food or toys.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
toy wrestling
Belly rubs
This breed is so fun however very hard to walk. This breed is playful and likes to play tug of war but more of a playful pup rather than a pup that likes to walk and run. After instructions from the owner, we sat out front of the house and played in the grass with a ball. I was nervous about overheating this dog as I know this breed overheats easily. I do enjoy this breed, however due to the health issues that comes along with these breeds, I would not own myself, but I do think they make great companions for families. Fun and cute pups!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My favorite bulldog experience was one with a pup named Tugboat. His owner & I instantly hit it off as we came from the same small Florida town and Tug also instantly seemed to like me — or my food that I brought him! Maybe as treat motivated as beagles, but way more bossy. Not to be bullied by any other dog, these pups have the dumbest looking face of any dog when they get exhausted :) their tongue sticks further out of their head than you could think was possible. At the end of the day, they’re always there for you though. Pretty good at keeping the feet warm during winter :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The bull dogs I’ve walked were sweet and affectionate, but pretty stubborn on leash. They pulled somewhat to lead the way, but weren’t high energy enough to pull all the time. What I’ve experienced the most is that if they aren’t done sniffing a bush or a blade of grasshopper or what have you, they DID not walk to keep walking. I’ve had some nearly come out of their collar from digging their heals in so hard and so abruptly. Since they are a bit heavy set, it can be challenging to get them to start moving again. Crouching low and calling the dog didn’t work, so instead I walked toward the dog and maintained a shorter leash, which worked much better and broke the dog’s trance with whatever they were smelling. The key with this breed is persistence. If you let up once, they won’t forget. Be persistence with commands and the way you walk them, and you’ll have a better experience.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I walked a bulldog last week and he was the most friendly dog I've ever walked. He was so full of energy and just a bundle of joy. He may have seemed intimidating at first because of his stocky stance, but as soon as I gave him a treat, he became such a likeable dog. He really enjoyed meeting new people and dogs that were walking near us on the sidewalk. If I ever get the chance to walk this bulldog again in the future, I would drop everything and go walk him. Walking Diesel the bulldog was such an awesome and fun experience and he is the reason why I love walking dogs as a part time job. Walking this bulldog made me want to get a bulldog for myself because he was so much fun. After the walk, he sat politely down on the carpet and gave me puppy eyes because he wanted a treat! I couldn't resist his puppy eyes so I gave him a treat. This was my only experience with a bulldog but it sure was fun and awesome.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Maybe it was all those wrinkles framing his wide set eyes or that irresistible underbite and the way he would beam at me with the biggest, toothiest grin I’d ever seen but I felt at ease with Drew and seriously fell in love with him the moment we met. Drew dutifully walked down with me to go potty, shuffling behind me the entire way with occasional snorts and grunts here and there. We walked past at least ten dogs on our way down and he showed zero aggression toward other dogs in the apartment complex, big or small, and if anything he displayed a passive indifference to all those interested in sniffing him. Cool, calm and collected, very confident as well but not showy. After our relatively short walk, Drew was definitely breathing heavily and I could tell that was probably all the exercise he needed for the day. Bulls dogs are peaceful beings. They appear to be very dependable, predictable, and loyal. It appears to me that they keep to their own business, do their business, and enjoy immediately heading home to relax. I really loved how affectionate Drew was and even though I was a stranger to him he still gave me a couple of sloppy kisses to show his goodwill and acceptance of me as his dog walker. I am a huge fan of bull dogs now after getting to know Drew!! They are such a special breed.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
sleep
Walk
Playing
The bulldogs I’ve worked with so love to play and have somewhat intelligence if you utilise it. They will work for treats and while they’re not as whip smart as a border collie they still can learn a thing or two and can surprise you. They don’t need over excessive walks especially in the heat.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I walked a Bulldog one time. He was on the larger side and probably a bit overweight. When I rang the doorbell he started barking, but soon stopped. When I entered the home he was lounging on the couch and instantly flipped over on his back so that I could rub his belly. He LOVED belly rubs! He was a bit slow to get out the door and seemed very sluggish, but once I got him on his leash and out the door he did fine. He was a good walker. He walked at a steady pace and did not pull, although he was constantly wanting to eat trash out of the gutter, so I would have to pull him away from that. Since he was heavier, this took a bit of strength for me. He got tired out pretty easily. We only walked for about 15 minutes. When we got back to his home I took off his leash and he went straight back to the couch and laid on his back for another belly rub. He was a very sweet, and loving, but sluggish fella. He also drooled a lot.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The bulldog was a bit overweight and was definitely a bit sluggish to start. However, once out and about he really enjoyed playing fetch. He would run after the ball and bring it back again and again but definitely needed some breaks. They get overheated very easily, so he gulping down a lot of water in between. Very slow, sweet and easy going dog. Moves at his own pace and enjoys encouragement and attention. Also, loved getting snacks before, during and after play time! This dog was on a gluten free diet and even enjoyed green beans.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Tug-of-war
Eating Snacks
Play
Explore the city
Sneakers was hilarious. He was enthusiastic about heading outside, but once we left the house, his primary interest was standing in one place, sniffing the ground, and gazing at the world about us. He was a big, middle-aged fella and urging him along, due to his strength, was a workout unto itself. Once we got moving, the momentum seemed to carry him along, but if there was a smell, a sound, or any other possible distraction, the whole process needed to be started again. While we were passing by a park, Sneakers found a softball and this changed the course of our entire walk. He'd trot a few steps with the ball, try to lay down to gnaw on it, then, if I could get it away from him, I'd roll it along and he'd goofily chase (wobble) after it. Though he was not without challenge, he was a very fun walking companion.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Eating Snacks
Fetch
My bulldog experiences always begin with a little chunky dog who shows a lot of love. They love eating snacks, probably the most. One in particular I walk often loves his treats. He also loves to play fetch. When it comes to playing fetch, he has so much energy. Much more energy than you would think for a chunkier dog. However when it comes to walking, they may not always want to do much or go far. As most bulldogs, a lot of them do have breathing problems. You can almost always here their breathing because they sound congested. Some are friendly with other dogs and others, not so much. When it comes to humans, they just love to love and snuggles and kisses all around. They are pretty good listeners, but can also be very stubborn. They are very expressive. Their mood will show right on their face from excitement to disgust. It is never a dull experience walking one of these guys.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Play
Fetch
Bulldogs are exceptionally sweet and kind and loving. The bulldog I walked always wanted me to pet him and give him attention. Bulldogs love to be loved and I have never met a bulldog that was mean. Bulldogs do tend to get tired easily and cannot handle heat well. They enjoy to play though. Bulldogs are easy to walk since they are smaller and they seem to be able to train rather easily. They do not require any grooming except an occasional brushing and nail clipping.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog-friendly events
Walk
My walk with (two) bulldogs, Lola and Billie, was quite a roller coaster. They lived an in awesome home with great owners and were very excited to meet me. In the beginning, our walk was great. We kept a good pace, they walked side by side and they both did their “droppings.” When one of them saw another dog approach us, she sprinted towards in a very aggressive manner. It was terrifying because I almost lost the leash. Luckily, the owner of the poor other dog walked to the other side of the street. After all that excitement, all the dogs wanted to do was lay down in the grass and rest. Once they were down they DID NOT want to move. I tried everything- I was about to call the owner. All in all, not the best experience, but at least when I was one-on-one with them it was somewhat enjoyable.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
couch potato-ing
My experience with Miss Ginny was a memorable one for sure! The owner warned me she may not necessarily want to walk much and boy was she right! I had to drag her by her little harness to get her out the door and once she was outside, of course it was raining, she refused to walk! I picked her up and carried her to the end of the block, and she raced back to the apartment door! She was super lovable and friendly, wanted to say hi to everyone that walked past, just didn't want to walk anywhere! What a potato! She didn't want to walk out on the sidewalk, but when I released her in the backyard of her townhome, she did all of her business and ran around in circles like a happy girl! Most enjoys lazy days and belly rubs!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Get massages
A notoriously lazy breed, the Bulldog's I have come across yet to break that stereo type. Walking a Bulldog is a slow process, with the Bulldog's not traveling very far from the starting point. They usually do their business, walk around a bit and then are ready to get back to their nap or hang out. It is also very important to not overwork the Bulldog and be mindful of the outside temperature, as they overheat very easily. Many also have breathing issues due to their short muzzle. A leisurely stroll is all a Bulldog needs, no need to look to cover a ton of ground. One Bulldog I have walked was a vacuum and was dead-set on finding tasty morsels on the sidewalk. I'd keep an eye out for chicken bones and other possibly dangerous items the dog could ingest.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
meeting people
Walks
Playing with the ball
The bulldog I took care of was very strong and had a lot of energy, but he was lazy in the walks. He was really stubborn and always tried to take his way! He was also very good and lovely, he wanted to be pet all the time and say hi to the people we passed while we were walking. He was nice with other dogs but he didn't like to play with them.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
sitting
petting
investigating
I have only worked with a couple bulldogs, and for the writing of this I have in mind my first experience. I think the best thing to mention at the outset is that the negative stereotype against bulldogs, that they are violent and irritable, is unfounded. If anything, they appear more lethargic than aggressive. All dogs are wonderful creatures and it is often the misfortunes or flaws of their owners that color their reputations. Not as an expression of ill will but as a matter of fact, I have found that bulldogs are generally stubborn. But what does that really mean, for we cannot simply apply such adjectives and call it a day? Each animal must be read for its disposition, likes and dislikes, inspirations and perturbations. With that in mind, bulldogs simply operate at a very specific pace. No dog likes being dragged or tugged at by the neck, but bulldogs will always assert their will over most physical stimuli. They must be allowed to take their time and even if they have grown accustomed to you, they will always preference their sense of comfort over any of a walker’s agendas. In this way, they are no different than other breeds. Bulldogs just have less of a problem articulating clearly how they would prefer to enjoy a walk in their own style. They move when they want to, or if coaxed along by food, and this does not make them stubborn so much as it lets you know they are wonderful creatures for their commitment to proper pacing and overall lifestyle.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tracking
Eating Snacks
My second experience working with a bulldog is detailed in the following. Bulldogs prefer to remain stationary, in a loose and relative sense. They go at their own pace and are not afraid to maintain themselves as such. They do not deserve any of the negative stereotypes so typically attached to them. All dogs are comfortable most with their owners and daily providers of leisure, food and excitement. Every good walk is cooperative and I found myself having to adjust my pacing to a tremendously slower degree in order to match what was normal for this bulldog. This is all any dog would appreciate from a new walker. For example, in an hour long period, we did not progress far within the neighborhood, and for the most part we outlined each block in keeping with the bulldog's level of familiarity, which is what one could expect from any dog. My limited but certain experience with bulldogs has show me that they are graceful, adorable, full of candor and trust, like all good dogs.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
8 Months
People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
lounging
Going to his off leash area and fetching toy
Chasing me with toy
Chewing on toy
My walk with the Bull Dog Winston (whose name is as dignified as he), was a true learning experience. This was my first walk and was fortunate to have a pup parent that left me good insight on her Bull Dog. I was warned that he would not walk like other dogs, and getting him to try would take coercion. His only real interest was to get to his off-leash area and find a toy. As I was determined to go the long way and get some distance in on his leash, this meant pulling the old hold out the carrot trick. This worked semi well. If it was a toy he was highly interested in then it was game. As long as he didn’t snatch from my hands or sit down until I threw it. Even at eight months old, this pup was strong and trying to get him to go a way he was not interested in…... well it just didn’t happen. Once we got to the off-leash area he was a playful champ. He would chase me around if I held his toy, and I started to work with him coming at a verbal request. This was not something we mastered at the time, but I have several more recurring walks with the kid. A variation of a bull breed came down to play and they had a swell time. Though it was a lot of Winston chasing once the other dog stopped. The other dog did become toy aggressive at one point and Winston utterly rolled over with not so much as a growl. Pleasure of a dog and one I look forward to learning more about and working with.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
petting
The bulldog I have walked twice now is very affectionate, but not trained at all. She has a lot of energy and love, so putting her collar on is a struggle with how much she runs around, and her harness is impossible. Her hard head and lunging habits mean I have been socked in the jaw and teeth before. She also pulls on the leash and tries to greet people a little too enthusiastically. The only part of this story I would take as the "norm" for the breed is the enormous heart in her, and I think her behavior would be lot better if she had adequate space, attention, and training.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
10 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Belly rubs
When I come in the door, Dexter is always napping. He gets up to greet me with his saggy smile. Despite his love for naps, he is always excited to walk. He still has a little spunk in his step after a decade. During our walks, he snorts a lot, breaths pretty heavily and is very excitable. Towards the end of our walks, I can tell he is ready to get back to his naps. Although he can be a little stubborn and protective of me while walking, especially around other dogs, he is overall a very happy dog. For his age, he is still very lively and ready for action. From what the owner said, he has lost a lot of weight in the past year. He has increased his endurance from a short 10-minute walk to long 30-minute or more walks. His weight has dropped and he is much healthier than he used to be—giving him back the spunk I see in him today.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Walk
Explore the city
I really enjoyed it, when I walked in the house he was just starring at me and wagging his whole butt! He was such a beautiful bull dog! He was also so well-behaved. He never really pulled much but wanted to lead the walk a bit. Very friendly with other people, but didn't care for other dogs as much. He wasn't the fastest walker but he kept up! He also caught a glimpse of a squirrel and was so interested! He followed the squirrel around the tree. As we progressed through the walk he was breathing a little hard which worried me, but I know it's normal for the breed.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Chase
Nap
Tug-of-war
Play
chewing
Don’t be an English bully now! The dopey English bulldog is willful, docile, friendly, adorable, well meaning, disarming, strangely charming, affectionate, and loved by numerous presidents. They are also the inspiration for many mascots and unlike the bull baiting that, they were bred for, they are truly gentle creatures. When you meet an English bulldog, they will more than likely slobber all over you. They mean no harm; this comes with the territory with an animal with a brachiocephalic face. The happier they are, the more they tend to slobber and since they are such lovers of attention and affection, they tend to drool through most of their life. While they possess a great gentleness, it doesn’t mean that they lack will power or independence. In fact, English bullies tend to be some of the most independent breeds. Bulldogs are self-sufficient and determined, making them a lot more independent than others dogs. This confidence allows them to solve problems without looking at their owners for guidance, the way other breeds might. Bullies love to eat and often have an oral fixation much beyond their puppyhood. They tend to really love to chew on objects that have texture. I walk an English bulldog that loves to chew on sweet gum tree seedpods and insists on chewing them daily. Sadly he doesn’t understand that this isn’t good for him and continues to be his dopey stubborn self. English bulldogs are goofy as well, most of them possess a lop sided grin that’s often accompanied with an under bite and one fang protruding out. English bulldogs often pant out of excitement and love affection from people. They adore getting belly rubs and often fall sideways when being pet on the butt. While English bulldogs aren’t the healthiest of breeds, they don’t lack any character and make up for it in numerous other ways. They do have special needs and at times need a special diet in order to keep them healthier. Because of the size of their heads and fronts, Bulldogs have difficulty giving birth. Most require caesareans to deliver their puppies. English Bulldogs are quite popular in England, they are considered to be the national breed and it has been known that Winston Churchhill was known as the “British Bulldog”. English bullies are not a healthy breed, but what they lack in their health, they make up for with their jovial character.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Playing Ball
Chewing sticks
Fetch
I walked a bulldog during the peak summer hours, so he overheated very easily. He would go from shady tree to shady tree, but if I tried to lead him to the sunny side of the street, he would dig in and refuse to move. He would be motivated by chasing, fetching, and chewing on sticks- the bigger, the better! Our walks were usually a short 10 - 15 minute walk in the neighborhood followed by lots of playing in the shaded backyard. He would need a lot of water after the walk to cool down. A very sweet boy!
1 month, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
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Pastimes
One of my favorite clients is an English Bulldog! She has such a big heart and craves attention from every person we would run into in the street. Even though she is incredibly loving and adorable, she is very lazy and does not like to leave the comfort of her own home - as a matter of fact, she will pull back until her home is out of sight. ONLY THEN will she continue to walk! I would usually have to coax her with treats throughout the walk just to get her through it. She would look forward to seeing the door of her home signifying that our walk had ended. Despite her lack of eagerness to walk, she is the sweetest and most loveable dog I have ever met (and gives the best, wet and slobbery kisses in the world!)
1 month, 2 weeks ago
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