The English Bulldog or Bulldog Ingles is a classic breed. There’s pretty much no one that doesn’t know how these dogs look like and they are very popular. And there is also a mini version of this dog! The mini Bulldog!
But, there’s a good reason for their popularity. These dogs make great companions for everyone and they can adapt to any living space. The best part is that they are low-maintenance so they are great for first-time dog owners too.
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Through this article, you’ll learn more about the English Bulldog and you might even realize they are the perfect dog for you.
Bulldog Ingles – What to know
The English Bulldog is a medium-sized dog and easily recognizable. When you see one, you just know it’s an English Bulldog! But, nevertheless, we’ll go over what these dogs look like. Basically, all of their physical traits.
What they look like
The Bulldog Ingles has a thick, low-slung body. They have a short muzzle and a fairly big head. These dogs have broad shoulders and chest and their limbs are thick and sturdy. They are overall chunky dogs. As the hip youth would say they are chonks.
Bulldogs are also muscular dogs with big heads. They have cheeks that extend to the sides of their eyes and wrinkly skin. Bulldogs have droopy upper lip and their lower jaw is usually undershot. This means that their lower teeth stick out farther than their top teeth.
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These dogs don’t only look strong, they are actually very strong. Even their jaws could break your bones, that’s how strong they are.
They have round and dark eyes. The Bulldog also has small ears and a short tail.
The Inglish Bulldog is a bit weirdly shaped. Their shoulders are much wider than their back end and they have huge heads. Because of this, it’s hard for females to birth puppies the natural way. Usually, they will have a C-section to deliver the babies.
Lastly, the Bulldog Ingles is between 14 and 17 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds. Females weigh a bit less, they weigh around 40 pounds.
What they’re like
The Bulldog Ingles is a sweet and sociable dog. Despite being medium sized, they are very brave and make great watchdogs. But, also know that the Bulldog is more for love than fighting.
This dog is friendly and easygoing. They can sometimes be stubborn, so training them won’t be that easy. This is also because they are somewhat slow learners. But don’t worry, once they know something, they won’t forget it.
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Just like it is with all dogs, the Bulldog Ingles needs early socialization and training. By early socialization, we mean exposure to different people, animals, places, sounds, and so on.
By doing this you make sure your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded and well-behaved dog. You will socialize your dog by taking him on strolls and to dog parks.
Coat and maintenance
The Bulldog’s fur is short and straight. It’s fine in texture and surprisingly soft. Their coat is also very smooth and shiny. It’s needless to say the English Bulldog has a lot of loose skin. Especially on their head, neck, and shoulders.
They come in many different colors and combinations of colors. For example all shades of brindle, red, fawn, pale cream, and white. But they can also be piebald, which means they have large patches of two or more colors.
The coat of the English Bulldog is smooth and fine. And most importantly it’s short, so taking care of it is easy. You just have to brush it once a week with a firm bristle brush. You also don’t have to bathe them often, it’s enough to wipe them with a damp cloth. But, if they are really dirty or smell, then you obviously have to give them a bath. When we’re on that topic, it’s also important to wipe your Bulldog’s wrinkles every day. This is because their skin inside the wrinkles can easily get irritated.
Health and care
The life expectancy of the English Bulldog is between 8 and 10 years. Sadly, the Bulldog Ingles tends to get sick a lot. They are susceptible to many health issues and diseases. Of course, not every bulldog will get sick, but it’s important to be aware of them
English Bulldogs have many health problems, some of them are:
- Cherry eye – the gland under their third eyelid protrudes and looks like a cherry in the corner of their eye. The only solution to this health problem is to remove the gland.
- Entropion – a condition where the eyelashes turn inward and rub against your Bulldog’s eye. This causes irritation and the only solution is surgery.
- Dry eye – when your dog’s natural tear production isn’t enough. The most obvious sign for dry eye is a blue haze to your dog’s eye. Your vet can only give your dog medication to ease the pain.
- Brachycephalic syndrome – a disorder in dogs with short heads and narrowed nostrills, like the Bulldog or Pug. With this condition your dog’s airways are obstructed causing noisy breathing or even total collapse of your dog’s airway.
Other common health issues in the Bulldog Ingles:
- Demodectic mange
- Hip dysplasia
- Tail problems
- Pattelar luxation
Keeping them healthy
Because of all these health issues, it’s important to buy your dog from a reputable breeder. Only that way can you be sure that you’re getting the healthiest puppy. A good breeder will make sure your puppy is dewormed and vaccinated before they give them to you. With a good breeder, you’ll also know they have all the documentation that a dog has been tested and cleared of a certain condition.
For keeping your Bulldog Ingles healthy it’s not only important to get them from a good breeder. It’s also crucial to feed them high-quality food and make sure they get enough exercise.
The English Bulldog doesn’t need a lot of exercise, but they should get 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day. English Bulldogs are couch potatoes. They love being lazy and they have a moderate level of energy. Because of this, they are the perfect dog for everyone.
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