The Bulldog was first bred as a powerful and athletic all-purpose working dog, used to catch hogs and cattle. The designation “bull” was applied because of the dog’s use in the sport of bull baiting. They are typically gentle and loving family companions, but may not tolerate other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They require early training and socialization and have a high energy level. American Bull dogs are generally healthy with an average lifespan of 10-13 years. Some can suffer from common health concerns such as hip dysplasia and skin problems (see next blog). Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.
Bulldogs have characteristically wide heads and shoulders along with a pronounced elongated bottom jaw. There are generally thick folds of skin on the brow; round, black, wide-set eyes; a short muzzle with characteristic folds called a rope or nose roll above the nose; hanging skin under the neck; drooping lips and pointed teeth, and an underbite with an upturned jaw. The coat is short, flat, and sleek, with colors of red, fawn, white, and brindle.
Here are some positive traits Bulldog lovers have come to know and love:
- An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable
- Confident, steady, and fearless
- Intelligent and easy to train
- Energetic, active, and athletic
- Good with children
- Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat
No dog is perfect! Here are some things you may have noticed:
- Needs a lot of exercises
- Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog
- Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex
- Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult
- Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership
- Can be gassy and drool a lot
Taking Care of Your Bulldog at Home
Taking care of your dog can be confusing nowadays, but luckily most are common sense. In particular, watch their diet, make sure they get plenty of exercise, and regularly brush their teeth and coat. As a brachycephalic (flat-faced) it is important to make sure they are routinely examined and vaccinated. Another very important step in caring for your pet is signing up for pet health insurance. There will certainly be medical tests and procedures they will need throughout her life and pet health insurance will help you cover those costs.
Routine Care, Diet, and Exercise
Build their routine care into your schedule to help your Bulldog live longer, stay healthier, and be happier during their lifetime.
- Supervise your pet as you would a toddler. Keep doors closed, pick up after yourself, and block off rooms as necessary. They will put almost anything into their mouth
- Their short coat requires only occasional brushing. However her skin folds need at least weekly cleaning and dont for get the one by their tail.
- Bulldogs often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them or use some method of cleaning at least three times a week!
- Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. See our videos on our website for helpful tips at https://meadowlandsvethospital.com/faqs/
- They are a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they will get bored and sometimes into trouble.
- They have a high prey drive, so they needs to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must. Dont underestimate how strong they really are!
- Bulldogs love to be with their family and they are adaptable to many living situations as long as they are given adequate exercise.
- Keep your dog’s diet consistent and don’t give them table food.
- Feed a high-quality diet appropriate for their age.
- Exercise your dog regularly, but don’t overdo it at first. Be mindful on hot days!
If you have any questions regarding your Bulldog please call Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 or visit us at http://www.meadowlandsvethospital.com