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Two handsome Bulldogs in a field.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog originated in the British Isles. The very first Bulldogs were bred to be fierce fighters with a courageous personality. But fighting became illegal and Bulldogs were soon lovers, not fighters. For more than a hundred and fifty years, Bulldogs have been bred to be kind and gentle family pets.

Today, Bulldogs can participate in obedience, rally, agility, and flyball competitions. Some are active therapy dogs visiting people who are sick or disabled.


Bulldogs are medium size. They look small, but probably weigh more than you think. Males weigh about 50 pounds and females tend to be a little smaller, weighing about 40 pounds. Both dogs can be from 12 - 16 inches tall. Adult bulldog with baby.


Two bulldogs in a pool.

Bulldogs are very interesting-looking dogs. Their bodies are very short, their shoulders are wide apart, and their legs are thick and strong. When a Bulldog walks, he kind of shuffles (drags his feet slightly) from side to side, unlike many other dogs who walk forward. But he walks confidently and he knows where he's going. Bulldogs are cool!


A Bulldog's coat is short and lies flat. The hair is fine and very smooth. A healthy Bulldog's coat is shiny. Bulldogs have a short tail.

Bulldog pups and adults have soft, loose skin around their head, neck, and shoulders. Even pups have lots of wrinkles!

Bulldodg walking through the grass.


Two bulldogs sleeping.

Bulldogs come in many colors.

Which color is your favorite?

Red brindle and brindle Bulldogs are a brownish or tawny color with streaks of another color.

Piebald Bulldogs have irregular (not all the same size) patches of two different colors.

Solid colored Bulldogs can be all white, all red, all fawn, or all light brown.


Bulldogs have lots of muscles which make them a very sturdy dog. Their shoulder muscles and back legs are especially muscular and powerful.
Bulldog playing in the water.


Bulldog with underbite.

A Bulldog's mouth may look a little different than other mouths. Unlike most other dogs, his lower jaw will stick out farther than his upper jaw. So if you look at a Bulldog's mouth, you will see that his bottom teeth come out farther than his upper teeth.

Your Bulldog's teeth need care and cleaning just like your own teeth do. Brushing your dog's teeth everyday will help him have a beautiful smile and sweet-smelling breath! Click here to find out how!


Bathing your Bulldog will help keep him clean and smelling good. His wrinkles need special cleaning quite often. You also might enjoying hugging your Bulldog more if he is clean.

Even though a Bulldog's hair is short, he will shed. Brushing him often will help keep the hair in the brush and not on the floor. Brushing also feels good to your dog and helps keep his skin healthy.

Bulldog in a bathtub.


Bulldogs need some exercise.

Two bulldogs at the beach.

It would be a good thing to walk your Bulldog everyday even if he has a yard. Bulldogs don't need a lot of exercise, but they do like to have fun. They enjoy being active, playing games, and participating in activities like flyball, agility, tracking, and obedience. Playing in shallow water can be fun for your Bulldog, too!


Bulldogs are peaceful, friendly, and kind.

They like people, especially kids, and will make a good best friend. Spending time with your Bulldog will make him a very happy canine!

Baby with Bulldog puppy.


Young man with two bulldogs dressed in T-shirts!

Because Bulldogs are small (they still weigh a lot!) and don't need lots of exercise, they make great dogs for apartments. A Bulldog will be happy to lay by your side and be your best friend.

Just make sure you take your dog for walks so that he gets exercise. Getting him outside will also help to socialize your dog and ensure that he will become a good citizen in your neighborhood.


Spend lots of time with your new pup from an early age so he is comfortable with you. Roll him over, touch his feet, look at his teeth, and brush him gently. This will help him get used to being handled and he will be a better companion when he is older.

It is a good idea to socialize your pup from an early age so he is comfortable in many different situations. Taking him places where he will meet other dogs and new people will help him be a better companion for you. He'll also get some extra exercise!

Bulldog Puppy


Bulldog in a doghouse because there is bad weather.

Know Your Breed

Bulldogs are very sensitive to cold and hot weather. Bring your dog inside during the summer or make sure you give him lots of shade and cool water. A Bulldog should not be left outside during the winter unless he has an insulated dog house filled with warm straw (not hay). If you bring your Bulldog into the house to live, he will be much happier and so grateful!

The Bulldog has a wide jaw, short muzzle (nose area), and lots of wrinkles and folded skin. Because of this, your Bulldog might snore. Yes, snore! He also may breathe heavily, snort, and make other weird noises during the day. That's the way Bulldogs are.


Bulldogs are peaceful and even-tempered. They are not mean or vicious and they are not aggressive. They usually don't pick fights. They are not easily disturbed or upset. Bulldogs make great family pets.

Bulldogs chewing on a stick.


The Bulldog is the official mascot for at least twenty-five American universities.

Fido's Fabulous Dog Facts


 All About Bulldogs

(from their kids!)

Bulldog in boy's lap.

"The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards
so that he can breathe without letting go."
- Winston Churchill

new boxer story Hi, my name is Taylor and my Bulldog's name is Peanut
and she loves to be rubbed on her tummy! She will speak
and roll over. She is three and I love her with all my heart!

Taylor, age 15, California USA

new boxer storyMy Bulldog, Brusier, is brown and white. He is the dog that
wants to cuddle with you at night. He plays good with other
dogs and is a playful puppy. BRUISER IS THE BEST DOG EVER!
Sierra, age 14, Florida USA

new boxer story My name is Nick and I'm going to tell you about my Bulldog
named Fighter. He doesn't fight. He's nice, gentle, and cool. He takes
long walks with me and we enjoy it
. Nick, age 14

new boxer story We have the greatest Bulldog ever named Daisy Mae.
She is mostly reddish-brown with a white face and chest.
She has the personality of a little kid, but she also loves
to play rough. She does funny tricks and dances with us.
Her favorite treat is popcorn, but we don't give her very much.
Daisy also loves going on walks in our neighborhood.
Everyone comes up to say hi when we're out and about.
She also got to be the team mascot for our youth football team.
She's the perfect pet for our family. Kim, California USA

new boxer storyI love my Bulldog! His name is Gordoooo. I remember when
I had a my cousin over, and he made a sandwich. He left the
room for about a minute, when he came back and his sandwich
was gone! We checked all over the house and we finally saw
my dog feasting on a yummy sandwich! My dog also thinks
he's human! He does not like to eat alone. When it's time to
go to bed, I'll tell him, "go to your room" and he will find his bed
and nap! Armando, age 14, Illinois USA

new boxer story I love my Bulldog, Icecream. She's so playful and loving.
Icecream is my best friend. I named her Icecream because when
I first got her, I was holding her in one arm and my ice cream in
the other, turned my head and she was eating it! She's the best!

Briana, age 15, Washington USA

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new boxer story I have an almost all white English Bulldog named Daisy with a
brown spot on her eye and on her tail. She is my little daughter.
I bought her for my gf and me. She's by far my best friend. She sticks
with me through everything and is a little crazy at times and goes nuts,
but she's the biggest BABY literally. She's scared of her own shadow.
lol I love her.
Nick, New York US

new boxer story I used to have a Bulldog and I grew up with her. She was the best dog
ever. She rarely barked and wasn't aggressive at all. I think Bulldogs are
the best dogs ever.
Katii, age 15, New York USA

new boxer story My Bulldog is so funny. He is stubborn, but will do anything for
a treat. He enjoys training, but only when he is in the mood and
learns very quickly. He snores and makes the strongest smells from
his behind, especially in the car. We all shout, "Dog bomb alert! Quick,
open the windows!" But Buster, in spite of that I love you.
John, age 15, Durham, United Kingdom

new boxer story Well my Bulldog, Raider, is a very interesting breed. He looks so
tough that people are actually scared of him! But looks may fool you
because he is a big SCARDY CAT! As soon as he walks through the
doors of Petsmart, he shakes everywhere (*literally). But I love
my dog because of how he is and how he reacts!! Thanks Raider,
you are the best pet ever!! Alexis, age 13, California USA

new boxer story My two Bulldogs, Milkshake and Uga, are the sweetest dogs you
will ever meet. They are loyal and obedient. Uga is named after the
University of Georgia's fifth mascot because he is her grandfather.
Bulldogs are so adorable and everyone loves them!

Belle, age 14, New Jersey USA

new boxer story Well, my Bulldog, Raider, is a very interesting breed. He looks so
tough that people are actually scarred of him! But looks may fool you
because he is a big SCAREDY CAT! As soon as he walks through
the doors of PetSmart, he shakes everywhere (* literally) but I love
my dog because of how he is and how he reacts!! Thanks Raider,
you are the best pet ever!! Alexis, age 13, California USA

new boxer story My bulldog, Teddy, is so cute. I came to this website only to look
for facts about my report. Nicole, age 13, California USA

new boxer story My bulldog, Capone, is so playful and loving. He's white with black polka dots and is so sweet. He's kind of like that chicken in Chicken Little who's really big, but thinks he's so puny. Capone acts like a toughy, but is scared easily (and it's kinda funny, no offense). But he's one of the reasons I'm going to be a vet. I love you, Capone! Krystle, age 13, New York USA

new boxer story I love my Bulldog, Zac, because he has a really cool face. It's all scrunched up. He is also really chubby. He loves plenty of attention. Also he will only walk on the beach. Zac is five years old in July and I just want to say, "Zac I love you!". Kayleigh, Age 12, Liverpool England

new boxer story My dog, Bud Wiser (Bulldog), is a tough dog. He mostly plays rough. He drinks from the toilet. He likes it when I throw his stuffed moose around the house. I love my dog! Robi, Age 16, Colorado USA

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There are many Bulldogs around the country without homes. Have your parents call a Bulldog rescue to adopt a warm, loving Bulldog just waiting for a home. You'll be doing a good thing.

The Bulldog Club of America
Rescue Network

Bulldog with chin on floor.


Bulldog puppy in front of big red heart

Do you want to know more about Bulldogs? Click on the link below. When you're finished, just close the window and you'll be right back here!

The Bulldog Club of America


Some Famous Bulldogs
The Bulldog is the official logo of the Mack Truck
Bud and Lou, purchased by actor George Clooney
MatzaBall, owned by actor/comedian Adam Sandler
Boston Beans, owned by President Calvin Coolidge
Darla, the world famous Skateboarding Bulldog (visit Darla's website)
Zelda, the Bulldog from the famous Zelda Wisdom greeting cards
Oh Boy, owned by President Warren Harding
Bull, the Bulldog in the dog pound from Lady and the Tramp
Handsome Dan, the century-old mascot for Yale University
Chesty, the symbol of the United States Marine Corps
Uga, the mascot for the University of Georgia




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