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Bulldogs, also known as French/English Bulldogs, originated from the 1500s. At that time, they were known to be ferocious and aggressive bull fighters, but now, they are becoming the most popular gentle companion for people and dog alike. These friendly dogs have a “sourmug” face that is the universal symbol for courage and tenacity.
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Key Facts & Information
- Bulldogs are recognizable because of their broad muzzle.
- Bulldogs’ faces have folded or loose skin.
- Above its wide noses are skin folds called rope or nose rolls.
- Ropes also appear in their necks.
- Breeds of Bulldogs have different colors, usually in a combination of the following colors: brindle, red, white, brindle, and pale brown.
- They have short, smooth, thin coat.
- Bulldogs have glossy, fine, and flat coating.
- They have relatively short body.
- Bulldogs have stout legs.
- Its front legs are slightly shorter than their hind legs.
- They have tight toes, flat feet, and separated toes that can cause complicated health issues.
- Its tail is naturally short or medium in length. Some tails tend to be tightly curled which is considered undesirable.
- They have a thick, strong neck that leads to a broad shoulders.
- Bulldogs have a wide, deep, and muscular chest.
- Bulldogs height stands at 12 to 15 inches.
- The usual breed standards for a male bulldog is 55 pounds.
- Female Bulldogs typically weigh 50 pounds.
- A bulldog’s lifespan is 8 to 12 years.
- The oldest spelling of Bulldogs are “Bandogge” and “Bolddogge.”
- The word “bull” was applied because of the early occupation of this breed.
- The bulldog breed came from England in the 1500s.
- Bulldogs’ main purpose in the 1500s is to be used in bull baiting, an act of grabbing bull’s nose and roughly shaking it.
- Bulls are required to be baited before they were slaughtered to ‘thin’ the blood and make the flesh tender.
- Bull baiting was a popular spectator sport during that time, and was efficiently advertised.
- Early Bulldogs were taller and heavier in order to adapt to the nature of the sport.
- Their wide mouth and powerful jaw makes it impossible for bulls to fight the dog.
- Because of the sport, they developed a high tolerance for pain.
- Ropes on their head are purposed to direct the blood resulting from his grip on the bulls’ noses to flow away from the eyes, so he would not be blinded.
- Bulldogs aggressive temperament was re-engineered to a sweet and gentle behavior.
- Bulldogs were introduced to dog shows in England in 1859. The first was in Birmingham where a Bulldog named King Dick won. King Dick’s descendant, named Crib, was in 1860 described as “close to perfection”.
- In 1864, the first Bulldog breed club was formed and had 30 members.
- Cities in Europe banned walking Bulldogs on the streets without leash because of their aggressiveness.
- Today, bulldogs have become one of the friendliest and sweetest of dogs.
- Bulldogs get along with families because they are good with children and have the tendency to form strong bonds with them.
- They do not tend to bark a lot because their appearance easily frightens off intruders. They make good watchdogs.
- They are naturally stubborn and lazy.
- Bulldogs are slow learners. They have been rated the least intelligent dog breed, ranking 78 out of 80.
- Bulldogs have a moderate energy level. Just a 15-minute walk tires them easily.
- Bulldogs are house dogs because they tend to overheat.
- They cannot tolerate heat and humidity.
- They are sensitive to cold weather.
- Bulldogs wheeze, snort, and snore.
- With their short nose and pinched nostrils, it is difficult for them to breathe which makes them prone to a number of respiratory ailments.
- They gain weight easily, so they become obese if not monitored.
- It is difficult for them to give birth because of their size.
- Bulldogs tend to drool a lot because of their underbite.
- Their upper lips hang over their lower lips, not providing a seal for the mouth.
- Bulldogs are very affectionate making them perfect to be trained as a family pet.
More Interesting Facts
- Bulldogs are one of the most popular mascots in universities and sports teams, with nearly 40 universities in the US naming their teams after the breed.
- They have suffered the most airline deaths because of their difficulty breathing.
- Bulldogs usually give birth via a Cesarean section because their heads are so large.
- Their rolls need to be wiped regularly because it is prone to infections.
- No two Bulldogs have the same color.
- They are able to run up to 15 miles per hour.
- Bulldogs have a distinct walk, either a loose-jointed, shuffling, or sidewise roll.
- Bulldogs cannot swim.
- Only one English bulldog lived in the White House and was owned by President Warren G. Harding.
- English Bulldogs are the most athletic and active breed.
- English Bulldogs have skateboarding abilities.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about bulldogs across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Bulldog worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the bulldogs, also known as French/English Bulldogs, which originated from the 1500s. At that time, they were known to be ferocious and aggressive bull fighters, but now, they are becoming the most popular gentle companion for people and dog alike. These friendly dogs have a “sourmug” face that is the universal symbol for courage and tenacity.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Bulldog Facts
- Fill In The Attribute
- Personality Search
- That’s a Bulldog!
- Color Me Bulldog
- Correct or Incorrect
- Incomplete Facts
- Adorable Types
- Caring For Bulldogs
- Story Creation
- Word Formation
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