The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog Breed

One of the most interesting breeds of dogs is the English Bulldog, this dog originally from the United Kingdom in the seventeenth century, was raised and trained for fights. Currently, these practices are totally prohibited. And according to the experts, it is one of the most wanted and loved dogs by both children and adults. 

According to historians and connoisseurs of this breed, the term "Bulldog" appears for the first time in historical writings dating from 1632. However, the starting point of the breed, as it is now known, is located in the 19th century, specifically in the year 1864, the date on which the formation of the first Club in England took place, called "The Bulldog Club", which was the pioneer in the typing and standardization of the breed.

Later, in 1875, "The Bulldog Club Incorporated" was founded in England, a club that remains to this day and has been the main driver of the breed destinies. Its primary objectives were "to avoid attempts to introduce Spanish bulldogs blood" since those reached exaggerated weights of almost one hundred pounds; "eliminate the impurities of the race" following a racial standard in their upbringing, a standard that was published in May 1875, only one month after the formation of the club. He also took care to eliminate extreme aggression in the breed, a situation that, over time, gave rise to the friendly character of the current Bulldog.

Another aspect that had a great impact on the morphological and temperamental change of the breed was the dog shows.

In these, the important thing was the beauty and perfection shown by the specimens according to their racial standard.

The first dog show in which the Bulldog was accepted was in Birmingham, on December 3 and 4, 1860. The first copy to win the title of champion was King Dick, who in 1861 won the exhibition (BIS) in Birmingham.

Features of The English Bulldog

When we decide that we want to have a pet it is important to know its characteristics. With this, we make sure to provide what you need, and at the same time that your character adapts to what we want in a dog.

The English Bulldog is a dog with a height of 30 to 40 cm approximately, weighs about 25 kg.  We found them red brindle, solid white, solid red, fawn or fallow. It has an average life of eight to ten years. It has a calm, safe, affectionate character. He has an excellent relationship with children. As for his skills, he stands out for being a companion dog and guardian. It adapts well to the interior of the house. As for your diet, we recommend 400 to 450 g. full dry food diaries. Additionally, it is recognized by the following clubs as a companion dog. Royal Canine Society of Spain (RSCE) and United Kennel Club (UKC), Michigan USA.

The behavior of The English Bulldog

The English Bulldog according to the owners of this type of race, indicates that it has a very temperamental character and can be very stubborn, especially if it is not properly trained since childhood. It is ideal where there are children since the coexistence with them is wonderful. For many a tremendous pet and at the same time a watchdog, is also peaceful. Unlike what can happen with other races, it is not always moving, jumping or playing. It is a dog that adapts to live anywhere, without problems, from a small apartment to a large house with a lot of parks. This means that it can be left indoors or outdoors.

In general, the English Bulldog is a very curious breed, with good character, attached to his master protector, and at the same time lazy or not very active.

Care of The English Bulldog

The care we can give our Bulldog does not differ from the care we give to other dogs, and ultimately the first thing we should do is take the dog periodically to the veterinarian for a general checkup and thus rule out possible health complications, also remember have all your vaccinations up to date.

Additionally, our friend must do a lot of exercises, take him out for a walk every day, physical activity is a fundamental factor in the health of every dog.

As for his grooming, it is recommended to brush his coat two or three times a week, it is something that he enjoys and also improves his appearance. Clean wrinkles regularly (1 or 2 times per week), this can be done with a soaked and soaped cotton, rinse and dry perfectly to prevent the spread of bacteria. Bathe every 3 or 4 weeks to prevent fleas, mites, and fungi, use a good shampoo for dogs, it is recommended that when you go to bathe, use cotton to cover your ears and prevent water from entering.

Nail cutting is very important for our Bulldog. It is recommended that if we are not trained we use the assistance of an expert.

An important point is the hygiene of the place where our English Bulldog lives. It will be useless to keep the dog clean if the place where it lives is always dirty. Therefore, using specific products for this task, we will try to clean daily the areas where our dog lives. Also, your bed will have to be cleaned at least a couple of times a month, although the best would be once a week.

Finally, it is very important to make our Bulldog socialize with other dogs and people since childhood. This way we will help the dog to know the canine world and its adaptation will be better. Another important factor will be the castration of the animal. If it were neutered, it will be calmer and more governable.

Finally, take care and enjoy your English Bulldog.

How to feed the English bulldog

The feeding is very important for our Bulldog. It is necessary to give balanced and high-quality foods. Puppies should be fed 3 to 4 times a day, always respecting the portions indicated by the products.

Something important of this breed, because it has a flat snout, which often prevents it from feeding properly, we must acquire a Flat Dog Plate, and if it is with a non-slip rubber base, it is even better.

When the animal stops being a puppy, you can start with a different feeding plan. Many breeders recommend feeding a bulldog in the middle stage of their life up to twice a day, but from this point, you should pay close attention to the weight of the pet. Therefore it is recommended to take into account the stipulated amount of food recommended by the package and at least once a month to control the body weight of the dog, to know exactly that everything is going smoothly.

In the adult stage the English Bulldog should be fed with certain care to ensure proper nutrition, but without becoming obese. An adult Bulldog Dog performs much less exercise than a puppy, so it needs fewer nutrients to live fully. The Veterinarian advises to feed him once a day in any way, do not hesitate to consult the opinion of one or two experienced veterinarians, regarding this point. 

And finally, you should drink water. These animals usually suffer from heat and stomach problems, so it is advisable that the pet drink water whenever you want.

Training of The English Bulldog

What counts most for the training of an English Bulldog is the positive stimulus and the reward he receives for correct behavior. A scream, a reproach or physical repression will never work with this type of dog and should never be used. 

The basic training of the Bulldog is very important and it would be necessary to do it from an early age. 

Unfortunately, they are a bit stubborn and easily distracted dogs. In addition, many times if our behavior is not adequate, they tend to be dominant. 

Therefore, we will have to have a little patience and at the same time be calm and firm with them to obtain good results.

First order "sit". Attract your dog with a prize in your hand. Show him the prize, but do not let him grab it. Instead, put it right in front of your nose. Once you have your attention, raise the prize so that the dog is forced to raise its nose. Form a backward arch with the prize so that when you follow it, your natural reaction is to sit down. As you begin to move to a sitting position, firmly say "sit down" and give the prize. Over time, your dog will respond to "sit" alone, without drawing the prize bow. Once you do it regularly, skip the prize. This creates uncertainty in the dog's mind so that he does not take the prize for granted, but work harder for it.

Second order "still". Your dog should be able to follow the order to sit down before you teach him the order to sit still. Make your dog sit in a sitting position. Raise a hand as if you were holding someone and say "still" with a firm voice. Your dog could do it for only a second or two, but you should praise him and keep practicing. Over time, you can practice walking away from your dog while it is still.

Third order "come". If the dog approaches you, say "come". If not, bring it closer to a prize. As he approaches you, repeat "come" and then give him a prize. Give your dog time to complete the order. If your dog takes a long time to come, do not scold or hook the strap and make it go. Your dog will associate the call order with the punishment. Once your dog is at your side, instead of going straight home, give him his favorite toy and let him play a leash for a minute or two. In that way, it does not link withdrawal with punishment or the end of entertainment.

Fourth order "Together". This order consists of two parts that we must carry out in order to get it internalized. Before teaching him to walk with us, we must make him understand that we do not want him to pull the strap or move away. To do so, we will follow the following steps:

Each time you pull away or pull the strap, we will stop. Without saying "NO" or scolding him, we will simply stop walking.

When the bulldog stops, we will congratulate him and resume the march. It's that simple
Once the dog has understood that we do not want him to pull the leash, we can give way to the second part of the training. We will take with us a clicker or the sweets (or both), we will walk very slowly to be able to observe our dog carefully and react immediately. Each time the dog approaches us, we will say the word "together", we will click with the clicker and we will give him a treat. We will repeat this process reducing more and more the sweets until it completely internalizes the order.

Here we have seen four basic orders of English Bulldog training that it would be important to teach our bulldog puppy from an early age. Because running these simple commands well can make life much easier in the future.

Remember that in training and even more with this race, the positive stimulus is much more important, the prize than the punishment. Through punishment, the dog becomes more confused. While through the prize your Bulldog will get to understand faster what is good and what is bad.

Happy day,

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