A medium-sized dog, with a massive head and body, the English Bulldog, or British Bulldog, can appear intimidating, but in reality, is among the gentlest of dogs. Originating in the British Isles, the English bulldog was given the name “bull” because of its use in bull baiting and for its design, like that of a little bull. During that time, the English bulldog was aggressive, ferocious and courageous with the power to attack full grown bulls. Today, however, the English bulldog has a different temperament then that of his ancestors. The dog is described to be very affectionate, dependable, and gentle with children.
However, its guarding abilities and courage are what it is best known for. The English Bulldog loves people and will seek out human attention and love as often as possible. Because of this characteristic, English Bulldogs can be good family pets and they do well with children. Since the English Bulldog is normally an inside dog, they can do well with living in a smaller home or apartment. They are normally very inactive indoors and will do fine without a yard. However, the English Bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk to stay healthy and happy.
Although the English Bulldog is considered a medium-sized dog, the body and head are massive with extra skin on both sides of the skull and forehead falling in folds. The short, flat coat is straight, smooth and glossy. Coat colors can vary from red and other shades of brindle, to solids like white, solid red, fawn, fallow, piebald, pale yellow or washed-out red or white or a combination of these colors.
The English Bulldog is sometimes considered an intimidating dog, but in reality, most are lovable and very loyal to their owners.