Bulldog Info

Authors

Wilf LeBlanc (wilf@io.com)
Craig Foltz (foltz@as.arizona.edu)
Aaron Dial (bismarck@uniblab.ocis.temple.edu)
Jack Segall (segalljack@aol.com)
Catherine Quinn (cquinn@access.digex.net)
Cindy Tittle Moore

General

The Bulldog is a beautiful dog (see Q11, Q12) which was originally bred for Bullbaiting, and although the dog may look strange to people with no class and culture, one must keep in mind that virtually all of its physical traits were tailored for Bullbaiting.

Originally, Bulldogs were most likely a cross between a Pug (which was imported from China by the Portuguese in the mid to late 16th century), and the progeny of the Alaunt/Mastiff crosses. These dogs were no doubt quite a bit different than current day Bulldogs…

Today’s bulldogs are not dog aggressive, or people aggressive, in general. They are about as people/dog aggressive as Golden Retrievers. They are not Pit Bulls, and although they look mean, they are not (at all).

Bullbaiting (see Q6) originated in 1209 and ran out of favor (i.e. became illegal) a little before rec.pets.dogs was created, (1835).

Are Bulldogs for you?

Do you want a dog that can run for miles and miles and miles?
If so, don’t get a Bulldog. (Bulldogs don’t jog. They waddle). However, they should go on long walks regularly like any other dogs. (See Q15). Bulldogs are not (NOT!) aggressive dogs, they are not ‘performance’ dogs, they are above all else ‘characters’ and ‘clowns’.

Do you want a very obedient dog who will salute on command?
If so, don’t get a Bulldog. Bulldogs aren’t stupid, but generally pretty stubborn and thus harder to train.

Theorem: Bulldogs aren’t stupid.
Proof 1: Smart dogs learn what “cookie” means really fast.
Bulldogs learn what “cookie” means really fast.
Proof 2: At least two out of the six FAQ Makers have
PhDs, so their dogs must be smart, right?
QED

If you live in a hot climate, your Bulldog might need special care in the summer. They tend to overheat in the hot weather (sometimes) and care should be given (i.e., shorter walks or walks at night).

Bulldogs are not long-lived dogs; 8 to 10 years is common.

Good Books
  1. The Book of the Bulldog: Joan McDonald Brearly 1985, TFH Publications, Inc, Ltd. 211 West Silvania Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753 ISBN 0-86622-027-5
  2. The New Bulldog: Colonel Bailey Hanes MacMillan Pub Co (Howell Book House) ISBN 0876050690
Magazines and Clubs

1. Bulldog Club of America
Write to: Toni Stevens, Secretary
Bulldog Club of America
P.O. Box 248
Nobleton, FL 34661

The club was founded in 1890 and had been in continuous existence ever since. There are several thousand members now. For only $15 a year membership a person gets a wonderful quarterly publication full of photos and useful information.

2. Sourmug
Write to: Sourmug
#1 Windy Ridge
Mendota, MN
55150, USA
Phone: 612-454-9510
Fax: 612-454-9460
$35/year CAN

Mailing List

We have a Bulldog and Bulldog cross (Bullmastiff, Bull Terrier, AmStaff, StaffBull, etc etc) mailing list. To subscribe, send a message to majordomo@io.com with “subscribe bulldogx-l your-email-address” in the body of the message (no quotes).

A Bulldog as Pet & Companion

After the outlawing of Bullbaiting (1835), the Bulldog breed would have died out if not for the people who liked them for their more endearing properties. Namely, their abundant good nature which makes them excellent pets.

Bulldogs & Shameless Advertising

Some products endorsed by Bulldogs

  • Bulldog Brand Steel Wool
  • Mack Trucks – In case your in the market for a MACK truck, and have wondered who the Bulldog used in their print advertizing is, wonder no more. His name is Thunder, and he belongs to a member of the Detroit Bulldog Club. He was selected by the Ad agency from a group of eight or ten bulldogs to represent the “massive” image that Mack wants to present. At 78 pounds, he is type cast for this role.
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits – Pitched by Ike the Bulldog. Apparently, Ike doesn’t eat the stuff, because its waxed to keep the Kibble moist and the Bits crunchy.
  • Bulldog Canadian Lager Beer – Old Canada Brewing Company, Canada. Imported by Barton Beers, LTD, Chicago, IL 60603
  • Red Dog Beer
  • A Molson product (Canada). The commercials are great!

Institutions with the Bulldog as Mascot

  • University of Georgia
  • Yale University
  • Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Butler Bulldogs!
We’ll sing the Butler War Song
We’ll give the fighting cry
We’ll fight the Butler battles
Bulldogs ever do or die
And in the glow of the vict’ry firelight
Hist’ry can not deny
To add a page or two
For the Butler fighting crew
Beneath the Hoosier sky!

  • Fresno State University
  • University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Mississippi State
Cost

Bulldogs are one of the most expensive dogs. In general, they are hard to breed and typically have to be born via Caesarean section (see Q13). Furthermore they are often lethargic breeders, needing so much human assistance that the conjugal event can often approximate a `menage a cinq.’ Artificial insemination is often called for. This brings us to an oft-pondered question: “Could the breed even exist without the intervention of technology?” The answer to this has has occupied some of the best minds of the day for a microsecond or two. The answer is actually unimportant; for a dog so wonderful, no price is too much to pay. [“Whew, I’d better fill my pockets with jelly `cause I’m about to become toast!”]

Description

Official Breed Standard [AKC]
The breed standard is available at http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog/

Health Issues

Elbow Dysplasia, and Patellar Dysplasia should be screened for before breeding. Very few Bulldogs have ever been OFA rated (for hip displasia) and a good Bulldog hip is generally poorly rated by OFA. Only a tiny tiny number of Bulldogs have ever been OFA rated, and none have been considered excellent.

Cherry eye (or “haw”), entropian and extropian, is common in Bulldogs and surgery may be required to fix the problem. Breeding stock should be screened. Cherry Eye is a swelling of a gland in the inner eye lid. This is usually treated by cutting the gland out depending on how often the swelling occurs. Entropian/extropian is the folding in or out of the eye lids, which bring the eyelashes in contact with the eye lense. This causes scratching, ulcers and eventually blindness. It is surgically corrected by putting a “tuck” (ask someone who sews) in the offending eye lid. Requires a delicate touch and experience not to put too much tuck and distort the look of the eye. As always, any surgery should be a last resort, and find a veterinarian with experience with Bulldogs.

Other popular maladies include demodectic skin mites (mange) which appears to have a genetic basis. Births via C-section are typically required as mentioned above (see Q13).

Skin allergies or “rashes” are relatively common as well.

Yes, Bulldogs can be expensive dogs. If you decide to opt for a Bulldog, ensure you purchase one from a reputable breeder with a history of producing healthy dogs. Saving $100 to $500 and obtaining a poor quality dog will most likely cost you ALOT more money in the long haul.

And no, not all Bulldogs have all these health problem.