Breed Summary

The Bulldog is medium with a smooth coat. They have heavy, thick-set, and massive short-faced head with wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. Their eyes are black and set low. The ears are small and angled forward, and the nose is black. Bulldog’s skin is loose and pendant with heavy wrinkles and thick folds on the face and a dewlap hanging from the throat. They show great stability, vigor, and strength in their general appearance.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 5 of 196

AKC Classification: Non-Sporting Group

UKC Classification: Companion Dog

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 16 in.; Male: 17 in.

Weight: Female: 50 lbs.; Male: 54 lbs.

Physical traits: Medium-sized, Heavy, Powerful

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Straight

Colors: Brindle, piebald, solid red, fawn or white

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Courageous, Calm

Energy Level: Laid back

Tendency to Drool: High

Tendency to Snore: High

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


Bulldogs are sensitive to heat, which needs extra care to prevent being overheated. They should not be left out in the hot sun unsupervised or without access to shade and water. If a Bulldog is overexcited or breathing too hard, his tongue will hang out unusually far and have a bluish cast instead of the normal pink. Immediate soaking with cool water and giving ice can help to cool the dog. Their life expectancy is 8 to 10 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential.


The Bulldog depends on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


Bulldogs are sweet, devoted, and easy-going, and they always want to please their owner. As with all breeds, early socialization and puppy training classes are highly recommended for them to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors. They love to chew toys during their entire life. They also love to play tug-of-war. The young Bulldog should be taught to accept having people take food from his bowl while he is eating, so they do not develop a habit of being protective of his food.


Bulldogs are mellow and happy to relax next to their owner’s feet. They need moderate exercise to stay trim. They like to spend time in front of an air-conditioner during summery days. Bulldog’s short muzzle can make breathing difficult in heat and humidity. Bulldogs enjoy wading in very shallow water, but they should never be allowed in water unless supervised closely. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet.

Fun Fact

England loves the bulldog; they're even considered the national breed.


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