Old English Bulldogs Information
Old English Bulldogs
are just one of those breeds that you either love or you don't.
They don't have the most lovable face, but at the same time there's a certain charm that they exude that you can definitely get used to. As watchdogs, they're incredibly loyal and fierce at the same time. With nearly 60 pounds of muscle behind them, they're certainly something you don't want to run into in the wrong place.
English Bulldog s were rated in Stanley Coren's book “The Intelligence of Dogs” at 78.
Out of the 80 breeds of dogs tested, this falls at the very end of the line, and the category that actually describes bulldogs in the book is “Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence.”
In the studies that led to the writing of the book, Coren used two criteria to judge the intelligence of the dogs. The first was how well they understood new commands, and the second was what percentage of the dogs tested for a certain breed obeyed the first command.
Due to the nature of these tests, certain dogs may have performed more poorly than others because of how stubborn they are. It's not a 100% accurate summation of dog IQ, and the author himself admits that, but it gives you a pretty basic understanding of which dogs will learn new behaviors more quickly.
The fact that old English bulldogs ranked at the very bottom of the list, right above the Basenji and the Afghan Hound, doesn't necessarily mean that they're dumb, but if you're looking for a dog that you can train and play with a lot, then a BullDog might not be your best option.
The book also talks about other types of intelligence in dogs, such as hunters who are able to understand situations and solve problems on their own, and bulldogs actually perform decently against the competition.
When it all comes down to it, the Old English Bulldog may not be the smartest dog out there, and they're definitely not the prettiest, but if your pet bulldog gets to know and love you, he'll be one of your fiercest and most loyal defenders.
Bulldogs are actually pretty well known for the way they lock down on an attacker and quickly shake their head back and forth, pulling the person or animal to the ground.
A few notes about Dog First Aid for old English bulldogs - they can't run around for a long time, or else their blood pressure can rise and their heart might go a little crazy.
Their bodies are extremely meaty, so their hearts have to pump a lot of blood to get it to circulate. In fact, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among all types of bulldogs, so keep your English Bulldog Puppy indoors and let him enjoy his life in style.
Old English bulldogs can be a lot of fun, but they're stubborn and they can take awhile to learn new concepts, so always keep children away from a Old English Bull dog until he gets used to his new environment.
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