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Bulldog
Alternative names
British Bulldog
English Bulldog
Country of origin
United Kingdom
Classification
FCI: Group 2 Section 2
AKC: Non-sporting
ANKC: Group 7 (Non-Sporting)
CKC: Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
KC(UK): Utility
NZKC: Non-sporting
UKC: Companion Breeds
Breed standards (external links)
FCI (http://www.dogdomain.com/fcistandards/fci-149.htm), AKC (http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog/index.cfm), ANKC (http://www.ankc.aust.com/british.html)
KC(UK) (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/utility/u954.htm), NZKC (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br712.html), UKC (http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/companions/englishbulldog.std.shtml)

The English Bulldog, often called simply the Bulldog, is a medium-sized dog breed that originated in the United Kingdom.

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Appearance

The bulldog has a very smooth coat, wrinkly cheeks, powerful front legs and smaller hind legs.

Temperament

Contrary to classic cartoon parodies that depicted the bulldog as ferocious and wearing a spiked dog collar, the bulldog is not a vicious dog breed (though it was during the days of bullbaiting, the aggressive tendencies were bred out of them by the time of the Second World War) and gets along well with both humans (including children) and sometimes other dog breeds. Bulldogs are very friendly, but stubborn and protective.

Health

Bulldogs tend to have breathing problems, as their flat face restricts air. They also have problems swimming and can drown if left unattended near a pool. Other common health problems include cherry eye, allergies, and (among older bulldogs) hip problems and cataracts. Because of the large heads in proportion to body size, baby bulldogs are usually delivered by c-section.

History

Bulldogs were originally used for bullbaiting, in which trained bulldogs attacked and killed tied-up bulls for sport during the 17th century. The practice of bullbaiting was banned in England in 1835.

Miscellaneous

Bulldogs in the Arts

  • Hector the Bulldog, an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
  • Marc Antony, an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
  • Spike, Tom's nemesis in the theatrical cartoon series Tom and Jerry
  • Spike the Bulldog, an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
  • Francis from Oliver and Company

Quotes

"Do you know why the English Bulldog has a jutting chin and sloping face? It is so he can breathe without letting go." - Sir Winston Churchill, to a Nazi envoy, 1940

Mascots

Because of their tenaciousness, the bulldog is popular as mascots of universities as well as military institutions,[1] (http://ghsweb.k12.ar.us/bulldog/mascot.htm) in addition to being the symbol of Great Britain.

See also

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