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Bolddogge


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Breed Organization
Bulldog Club of America
Website: http://www.thebca.org
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
Bulldog, British Bulldog, Bondogge, English Bulldog
Life Expectancy
Approximately 8 Years
Litter Size
Average 4-5 Puppies; This breed is prone to delivering through caesarian section.
Breed Group
AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance
The Bulldog is a breed with characteristically wide head and shoulders along with a pronounced mandibular prognathism. There are generally thick folds of skin on a Bulldog’s brow; round, black, wide-set eyes; a short muzzle with characteristic folds called rope above the nose; hanging skin under the neck; drooping lips and pointed teeth, and occasionally an underbite. The coat is short, flat, and sleek, with colors of red, fawn, white, brindle, and piebald.

Breed Description
Head: Massive. Short face. Broad skull. Loose, wrinkled skin. Deep stop. Well developed cheeks. Short, broad, upturned muzzle. Broad nostrils. Thick, pendulous flews. Broad, square jaws. Lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw and curves slightly upward.
Ears: Set on high and placed wide apart. Small and thin. Rose ear, in which the ear folds in such a way as to show the inside of the burr.
Eyes: Very wide set. Medium size, round. Very dark color.
Body: Short, well-knit. Very thick neck with dewlap. Shoulders broad and slanting outward. Capacious, round brisket. Ribs well sprung. Elevated, b hindquarters. Belly tucked up. Short, b back. Arched loin
Tail: Set low, round, moderate length. Carried low, hanging straight, not curving up.
Hair: Fine, short, smooth, and thick.
Coat: Uniform color with black mask or muzzle. Uniform colors: red, fawn. Brindle, white, or piebald (white with the above colors). Liver, black, and tan are undesirable.
Size: 30 to 40 cm (12-16 in).
Weight: Dog: 24 to 25 kg (53-55 lb).Bitch: 22 to 23 kg (48.5-51 lb).


History
The Bulldog is thought to be descended from ancient Mastiffs of Asiatic blood, combat dogs that were introduced in Great Britain by early Phoenician navigators. Its name reflects its original purpose; the bulldog was used for bull-baiting. Organized dog fights were also the rule of the day. In 1835, the cruel practice of bull-baiting was outlawed in England. In 1875, the first Bulldog standard was published. Selective breeding since that time has turned the Bulldog into a loving family pet.

Behavior
The Bulldog is vigorous, courageous, hardy, equable, and dignified. Despite his frightening appearance, he is an affectionate, calm, quiet dog of excellent character. He makes a marvelous playmate for children and develops a strong bond with his owner. Firm training is required.

Health
Prone to breathing problems; some have small windpipes as well. Also poor eyesight, cherry eye, very susceptible to heatstroke in warm weather or hot rooms and cars. Very cold sensitive. Prone to mast cell tumors. Birth defects are common in some lines. Susceptible to skin infections, hip and knee problems.

Advice
The Bulldog can adapt to city living provided he exercises regularly. He does not tolerate heat well. Daily brushing is required. Special attention must be given to the folds on his face to ward off possible skin irritation.

Function
Guard Dog, Police Dog, Army Dog, Pet.


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