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Basic Bulldog Information

  • Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
  • Height: 12 - 15 inches
  • Weight: 40 - 50 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Bulldogs

Bulldog Traits

  • Joggin Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Bulldog History

  • The Bulldog originated in England with the practice of bull baiting, in which a dog was set upon a bull to torment it before it was killed. This was done as entertainment and to make the bull's meat more tender. The ordeal might last for hours, during which the dog was expected to grab the bull, often by its muzzle, and hang on. Having jaws that protruded beyond the dog's muzzle helped it breathe while hanging there.
  • Bull baiting and other blood sports were outlawed in England around 1835. Efforts to use the Bulldog in dog fighting were unsuccessful, although when mixed with terriers, its descendents were good fighters. The Bulldog itself, however, was without a job.
  • Some admirers set out to redefine the breed as a stylish companion, breeding with temperament as a priority. They also bred for accentuated features, so that today's Bulldog doesn't look much like the original.
  • A breed club was formed in 1875 in England.
  • The AKC recognized the Bulldog in 1886.
  • The Bulldog is a national symbol of England as well as a popular team mascot.

Bulldog Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and fun-loving companion.
  • Playful and good with children.
  • Friendly toward strangers.
  • Not friendly toward strange dogs, but friendly toward other pets.
  • Willing to please, but can be stubborn. May rebel against forceful methods.
  • Does best with reward-based training along with good control and leadership.

Bulldog Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and trustworthy housedog.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a leisurely walk or some backyard games.
  • Extremely prone to overheating because of its flat face. Indoor games are preferable in warm weather.
  • Its short coat does not protect it against the cold.
  • Obedience and trick training provide essential mental stimulation.
  • Most Bulldogs cannot swim.

Bulldog Grooming

  • Coat is fine and glossy.
  • The coat needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.
  • Facial wrinkles, as well as any wrinkles around the tail, should be examined, cleaned and dried daily.

Suggested Bulldog Nutritional Needs

  • Has a tendency to be slightly overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a large-breed growth food, which slows their growing rate but not final size. This may decrease the incidence or severity of hip dysplasia in adults.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.