Old English Bulldog Information
The Old English Bulldog
is the most common and popular breed of bulldog, and is the only type that can simply be called “bulldog”
with no other descriptive name.
Bulldogs are extremely recognizable breeds of dog, characterized by their short, heavy stature and wrinkled, sort of smashed in face. Their breeding standards are closely regulated by the United Kennel Club, the Kennel Club of the UK, and the American Kennel Club.
Bulldogs typically have short, scrunched up faced with thick folds of skin and wrinkles running over the nose, along the brow, and a few folds of skin hanging down underneath the chin. The wrinkles over the top of the snout are typically called ropes.
Old English Bulldogs are a muscular animal with layers upon layers of muscle underneath a short, sleek coat. They have a vicious bark and an even fiercer bite, and for this reason they are commonly kept as watchdogs. They certainly look intimidating enough.
A fully grown English Bulldog can run as fast as a man and can easily take someone down with one bite.
The reason their bites are so vicious is because once they chomp down on something, they shake their head violently back and forth and refuse to let go. The Old English Bull dog commonly weighs as much as 60 pounds when fully grown, so you can imagine what it must feel like to have one of these canines chomp down on you.
Despite their fame and usefulness as watchdogs, bulldogs actually have a very friendly temperament towards their owners. They will remain extremely loyal and almost never turn on a master.
It's still a good idea to keep a close eye on your old English bulldog if you have small kids around, because they often forget how large they actually are, but once you have a well trained and obedient BullDog, you will rarely experience any kind of problem.
Bulldogs typically live to be anywhere from 8 to 12 years of age, which is actually pretty short compared to the lifespans of other breeds. One of the leading causes of death in Old English Bull dogs is heart related complications.
They are short and stocky, and extreme exercise can put a huge strain on their little doggy heart. Even when you are training a English Bull dog Puppy you should be aware of how much he is exerting himself. Even the best Dog First Aid can't stop a heart attack.
In addition to their inherent heart problems, English bulldogs also have a lot of respiratory issues. Because their face is so short and “scrunched,” they can have a hard time breathing after just a moderate amount of exercise.
The typical rule of thumb with the old English bulldog is to exercise him every day, but keep the sessions short, maybe under half an hour so you don't risk him getting strained.
If you're breeding for show purposes, there are other Regular Exercise routines that you can work with to make sure he stays in top shape without messing with his heart too much.
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