This kind, patient, loving, and wildly entertaining breed has been able to regain its good name after many people thought that Bulldogs are, for some reason, dangerous and that they are hard to train. Now, the English Bulldog is regarded as a good companion dog, as well as an excellent choice for pet.
While there were significant efforts from the American Kennel Club (AKC), Kennel Club (UK), and the United Kennel Club (UKC) to promote all of the beneficial aspects of this dog, with campaigns even liking the breed to the wartime UK Prime minister Winston Churchill, the prominence of this dog only came several decades after the second world war, and is not a common sight in dog parks.
The breed itself has existed for about half a millennia with the first mentions being from the late 14th century, although spelled ‘’Bondogge’’ as was the British Bulldog spelling preference at the time.
As for their general digestion and nutrition, Bulldogs don’t require any particular nutrients or a particularly large percentage of protein or some other nutrient. The only problem with bulldogs is that they ingest a lot of air with their food and tend to eat quickly, which will lead to flatulence.
The best way to prevent this is to give both bulldog puppies, and adult dogs small kibble that will force them to eat slower and will avoid as much air being trapped inside. This kibble should contain mostly lean protein, with a little bit of fat, as well as fatty acids that will help them with their coat. Buying dry dog food is generally a good option as the list of ingredients will be cited on the back, so that you can dose the meals depending on the dog’s size and age.
If you notice that the kibble you are using doesn’t have enough vitamins and oligo-elements, you can easily give the dog supplements, as a Bulldog will gladly eat everything you give them. Just be careful not to overfeed the dog as there are multiple problems that can stem from obesity.
As Bulldogs are generally a chubby breed, they will often have packed up fur that holds much more than it seems. Daily brushing is advisable as you will be able to lower the amount of hair the dog would leave inside. Make sure that you are brushing the dog in a place that you can easily clean afterward as these hairs will go everywhere.
The most important thing to take care of in Bulldog grooming is to check the flaps under their mouth, as well as their teeth for any dirt, bacteria, or any other sign that something is wrong. These folds should also be brushed, as well as cleaned once the time for a bath comes.
Don’t force a bath, rather wait until the dog becomes dirty or starts to smell and then give it a good scrub with a doggy shampoo. You can learn more about Bulldogs grooming from the American Kennel Club.
As Bulldogs have several health issues that prevent them from being very physically active, they are not really intensive when it comes to running and jumping. Mild exercise each day comprising from a short walk and some playing and fetching should be just about enough to ensure that your British Bulldog is well trained.
This breed also doesn’t react well to heat, so if there is a particularly hot day outside you will want to play for about an hour indoors, which will be enough exercise before you can take walks again.
While Bulldog puppies are able to learn basic obedience with ease and will respond quite well to positive reinforcement, this breed is known to embody their name and be quite bullheaded as they grow older. This is a problem when it comes to specialized training as it is very hard to train a Bulldog to be a service animal, but when it comes to companionship, this shouldn’t be an issue, as their temperament will more than compensate their stubbornness.
Sadly, there are major health issues when it comes to Bulldogs, as their stature and physique are quite prone to multiple medical problems.
First of all, they are considered brachycephalic dogs, brachycephalic syndrome being the obstruction of airways, and they should be checked regularly for any type of infection near the nose, mouth, or ears. It is not uncommon to have an English bulldog puppy to be born with hip dysplasia, and even a healthy bulldog can develop these health issues later in life.
Bulldog owners should make sure that they have a good vet on their side, as regular checkups are a good idea. This dog breed should have a quite detailed examination, that should focus on anything from the emergence of demodectic mange, to dog anal glands. Any health problems that emerge should be dealt with as soon as possible.
While the Bulldog breed is known for their stubbornness and sometimes goofy posture, they are one of the most loving races you can have and will make a perfect companion. They do have some health problems, but if you have a good vet and take care of the coat and teeth, you will ensure the dog’s health and well-being for a long time. A healthy Bulldog will return the attention you give to it with love, kindness, and support any time you need it.