English Bulldog 101

The English bulldog is a popular breed known for its wrinkled face and stocky build. But there's more to this lovable breed than meets the eye! Here are some fun facts, breed origin information, major characteristics, and everything else you need to know about English bulldogs.

They Were Used as What??

Did you know that bulldogs were once used in bull-baiting? This cruel sport involved tying a bull to a post and then setting dogs on it. The dogs would bite the bull's face and try to hold it down, and it was considered entertainment! Thankfully, bull-baiting was outlawed in 1835 and the bulldog's image has since been rehabilitated.

Nowadays, bulldogs are known for being gentle and loving companions. In fact, they're often referred to as "nanny dogs" because they're so good with kids. They're also one of the most popular dog breeds, ranking 6th out of 193 on the American Kennel Club's list of registered breeds.

Breed Origin

The English bulldog's origins can be traced back to England in the 1500s. As mentioned before, they were originally used in bull-baiting before the sport was outlawed. When bull-baiting was no longer an option, people started using bulldogs for dogfighting instead.

It wasn't until the 1800s that bulldogs started to be bred as companions instead of fighters. In 1873, the Bulldog Club of England was founded and began working on standardizing the breed. The English bulldog we know and love today is the result of their efforts.

Major Characteristics

The English bulldog is a medium-sized breed with a short, thick coat. They typically weigh between 40 and 50 pounds and stand about 15 inches tall at the shoulder. The most distinctive feature of this breed is their wrinkled face, which is caused by the excess skin on their head. They also have a short, stubby tail and large, round eyes.

Bulldogs have a unique physical feature called a "nose rope." This is the name for the wrinkles that run from the bulldog's nose to the back of their head.


English bulldogs are known for being gentle and loving dogs. They're patient and good-natured, which makes them great with kids. They're also relatively easy to train, although they can be stubborn at times. Bulldogs are loyal companions who will stick by your side through thick and thin.

Do They Make Good Pets?

English bulldogs make great pets for families with kids. They're also good for people who live in apartments or small homes, as they have a low activity level which means they don't need a lot of exercise. Additionally, bulldogs are known to be relatively low-maintenance dogs who don't require a lot of grooming as they shed very little.

Bulldogs are also relatively quiet dogs and don't bark excessively. Some pet parents will say that that they are very stubborn but also trainable with the proper guidance and motivation.

Special Care

There are a few things to keep in mind if you're thinking about adding an English bulldog to your family. English bulldogs require some special care due to their short noses and wrinkles. Their short noses make them susceptible to heat stroke, so it's important to keep them cool in the summer months. Their wrinkles can also trap dirt and moisture, which can lead to skin infections. It's important to clean their wrinkles regularly to prevent these infections. Bulldogs also have a tendency to snore, so you may want to invest in a dog bed that keeps them elevated to help prevent this. Allergies are also common in bulldogs, so be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best food and grooming options for your pet.

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a loyal and loving companion, the English bulldog is the perfect breed for you! Just be prepared to take on the extra care requirements that come along with owning one of these special dogs. For a consistent wrinkle care routine, we recommend starting your bulldog's skin care routine with Wrinkle Wipes to clean the area of any dirt and debris, followed by applying Wrinkle Paste to soothe the skin as well as to help prevent any future inflammation or infection. Using both Wrinkle Wipes and Wrinkle Paste together will get the most benefits out of each product and will ensure your pup is so fresh and so clean! 

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