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English Bulldog is a dog breed from Britain. It is a smaller molosser dog and a companion dog. In Britain and the USA, however, the breed is referred to solely as “Bulldog”. In 2020, the breed was named the fourth most popular dog breed in the world, after the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Golden Retriever. Maybe you have one of these furry friends at home? Or perhaps you have plans to expand your family with one? Then you should know these ten facts and fun trivia beforehand!

English Bulldogs were almost extinct…

The English Parliament banned bull-baiting in 1835, which left the English Bulldog without a purpose, as they were almost exclusively used in this sport. Their numbers declined rapidly, but some Bulldog enthusiasts didn’t want to see the breed die out. Bulldog breeders took matters into their own hands and started breeding the breed, but they ensured that aggression was reduced, making them loyal companion dogs instead. [source]

They are not good swimmers…

Certainly, not all dog breeds are meant to be Olympic-level swimmers, but if you put an English Bulldog in the water without a dog life vest, it will struggle. Their short legs and small hindquarters are not equipped to keep their compact body afloat. Similarly, it’s difficult for them to keep their large head above the water surface. [source]

Certainly, not all dog breeds are meant to be Olympic-level swimmers, but if you put an English Bulldog in the water without a dog life vest, it will struggle. Their short legs and small hindquarters are not equipped to keep their compact body afloat. Similarly, it’s difficult for them to keep their large head above the water surface.

Symbolized courage and strength during World War II…

During World War II, the British called the Bulldog the “Churchill dog“. Apparently, both Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the English Bulldog symbolized England’s courage and strength. However, Churchill himself did not own Bulldogs. He preferred Poodles. [source]

Two American presidents have owned Bulldogs…

Winston Churchill may not have been biased towards English Bulldogs, but American Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge each owned one. Harding’s Bulldog was named Oh Boy, and Coolidge’s was named Boston Beans. Since Harding had his Bulldog while in office, Oh Boy held the official title of “First Dog“. [source]

Winston Churchill may not have been biased towards English Bulldogs, but American Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge each owned one. Harding’s Bulldog was named Oh Boy, and Coolidge’s was named Boston Beans. Since Harding had his Bulldog while in office, Oh Boy held the official title of "First Dog".

Most puppies are born via Caesarean section…

Because English Bulldogs have such large heads, the safest way for a Bulldog to give birth is through a Caesarean section. Approximately 80-90% of Bulldog litters are born this way to avoid the risk of a puppy getting stuck in the birth canal. [source]

What would the breed be without a world record…

In 2015, an English Bulldog named Otto set a world record for the longest human tunnel traveled by a skateboarding dog. Otto rolled through the legs of 30 people, to the delight of the crowd gathered to watch him. Otto’s owners were inspired to get a Bulldog after seeing videos of another Bulldog world record holder, Tillman, who was once the fastest skateboarding dog in the world. In other words, there seems to be something about English Bulldogs and skateboards. [source]

That’s why they have their “wrinkles”…

Although they are not as wrinkled as the Shar Pei breed, the English Bulldog’s facial wrinkles contribute to its character and actually served a purpose long ago. The ancestors of today’s modern Bulldogs, the dogs bred for bull-baiting, needed their wrinkles. These folds of skin effectively helped keep blood away from the dog’s eyes during fights. Today, English Bulldog owners must make sure to clean the wrinkles regularly to reduce the risk of infections. Particularly, the nose folds can be prone to infection. [source]

Although they are not as wrinkled as the Shar Pei breed, the English Bulldog’s facial wrinkles contribute to its character and actually served a purpose long ago. The ancestors of today’s modern Bulldogs, the dogs bred for bull-baiting, needed their wrinkles. These folds of skin effectively helped keep blood away from the dog’s eyes during fights. Today, English Bulldog owners must make sure to clean the wrinkles regularly to reduce the risk of infections. Particularly, the nose folds can be prone to infection.

That’s why they are known for their loud snoring…

Snoring, drooling, and farting – yes, all of that comes with getting an English Bulldog! Bulldogs are also brachycephalic, which is a condition caused by their short noses, making them more prone to snoring and snorting. [source]

Perfectly suited for families with children…

In fact, the UKC (United Kennel Club) classifies English Bulldogs under the companion category. Bulldogs love children, making them great family dogs. With their affectionate nature, they still retain a bit of the old-world Bulldog, which also makes them well-suited for night shifts as guard dogs. [source]

In fact, the UKC (United Kennel Club) classifies English Bulldogs under the companion category. Bulldogs love children, making them great family dogs. With their affectionate nature, they still retain a bit of the old-world Bulldog, which also makes them well-suited for night shifts as guard dogs.

Known for their funny facial expressions…

English Bulldogs have a special ability to make funny facial expressions. Their facial muscles are flexible, allowing them to furrow their brows, puff out their cheeks, and display a variety of expressions. [source]


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