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Dog Breeds: Bulldog—A Favorite Mascot

A kind and devoted companion, the Bulldog is affectionate with adults and gentle with children, enjoying being close and sleeping nearby. A people dog, this friendly breed basks in attention. They are courageous and protective watchdogs though otherwise not big barkers.

Tough beginnings

Originally from the U.K., they are sometimes called an English or British Bulldog. A descendant from fighting mastiffs, they were used in cattle driving and a sport called bullbaiting. But that's all in the past. Today, they're lovers not fighters. Bulldogs first arrived in the U.S. in the late 1800s.

Top heavy

Their smooth, shorthaired coat comes in red brindle, fawn, washed-out white, piebald (pigmented spots) or some combination of the above. Medium-sized, with an average height of 1 foot, 3 inches at its broad shoulders, this stocky dog has a large, square head. Its short nose, droopy jowl, jutting underbite and massive jaw create a tendency to drool, snort and snore.

Looks are deceiving

Despite this intimidating appearance, Bulldogs have big, sympathetic dark eyes, wrinkly foreheads and cute little ears. Their short, muscular legs create an endearing waddle. Socializing them early at obedience school is recommended. Occasionally they can be stubborn, so your leadership is necessary or you'll experience displays of alpha behavior.

Indoor dog

As puppies, Bulldogs are energetic but calm down when grown, becoming fairly inactive. So it's important to walk them regularly to keep them fit and healthy. Don't let them overeat: they should weigh between 40 to 50 pounds. Also be aware they have difficulty cooling off in hot, humid weather. They'll happily lie in a kiddy pool of cool water in the shade. They're also sensitive to cold temperatures. Cared for properly, which you'll do with joy, a Bulldog will live from 8 to 12 years.