English Bulldog Field Guide

PetMD Editorial
Updated: November 25, 2020
Published: January 28, 2019
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The English Bulldog is one of the most recognizable dog breeds because of their unique features, amiable demeanor and charming noises. This nonsporting dog breed is a popular pet as well as a mascot for sports teams. While today they may not be known for their physical prowess, they were once quite accomplished athletes.

The English Bulldog was first bred in England as a mix between the Pug and the Mastiff. During the 1200s to mid-1800s, the English Bulldog was used in the sport of bull-baiting. In 1835, an act of Parliament outlawed the sport, and English Bulldogs saw a decline in popularity.

However, appreciators of the dog breed began breeding them for their gentle and docile temperament, which has led to the English Bulldog that people know and love.

Today, English Bulldogs are appreciated for their goofiness, sound effects and one-of-a-kind wrinkly face. They are known to be great family animals that don’t require strenuous exercise regiments.

The English Bulldog is a brachycephalic dog breed with a lot of wrinkles, so they do require extra care and do not fare well in hot temperatures. As long as you are willing to put in some extra effort when it comes to veterinary care and grooming, the English Bulldog might just be the right dog for you.