An all-time favourite breed throughout the UK, the English Bulldog is known for its unique and characteristically brave personality. Even with its tough exterior, you’d have to look hard to find a sweeter, gentler and more people-loving breed of dog to call your pet. They are very people-orientated and form a strong bond with their owners and family members, meaning that if left alone for long periods of time they can suffer from separation anxiety. As indoor dogs, English Bulldogs are relatively low-maintenance and only require gentle daily exercising. Due to them being part of the Brachycephalic breeds (short faced) it is important to take extra precautions in the summer months, especially when exercising. They can overheat very easily so it is vital to keep them in cool and shaded areas within your household.
Breed Group: Utility
Average Life Span: 8-10 years
Coat Colours: Fawn & White, White, Brindle & White, Red, Fawn, Red & White, Red Brindle, Piebald
What Height & Weight Should My English Bulldog Be?
Height: Male: 13-17 inches; Female: 12-16 inches
Weight: Male: 24-25 kg; Female: 22-23 kg
What Should I Feed My English Bulldog?
A breed that loves their food but are at risk of becoming overweight easily if not given daily exercise. It has been known that English Bulldogs live longer if cared for correctly and fed a good, high quality diet to suit their individual needs. As they are a Brachycephalic breed they are more at risk of suffering from and developing allergies, so we would always recommend feeding them a grain free diet. This is due to the shape of their faces and the folds around their eyes and muzzle. Catching the problem early or preventing it from starting is important as skin allergies, especially an ear or eye infection, can be quite difficult to clear up once they have flared up or the longer you leave them.
When you bring your new English Bulldog puppy home you should make setting up a routine a priority – this will help with the settling in period. You should stick to the food that the breeder has had the puppy on for the first week before gradually switching over, over a four-week period so your puppy does not experience digestive upset.
When choosing a Simpsons product to feed your English Bulldog puppy we would recommend the Puppy Salmon & Potato from the Sensitive range as Salmon is high in Omega 3 fatty acids which is especially suitable for dogs that have sensitive skin.
Once your Bulldog reaches around eight to ten months old you can go onto the adult food and feed twice daily. For adults we would recommend a swap onto the Adult Salmon & Potato from the Sensitive range to try and prevent any skin problems from occurring. It would also be beneficial to occasionally feed one of the other flavours from the sensitive range but we would recommend that the main part of the diet is the salmon.
A low maintenance breed when it comes to grooming as they only require around three baths per year. It is important that you don’t over bath your bulldog as this could result in an unbalance of natural oils in the skin and coat causing irritation and allergies. They only shed a moderate amount of hair, but you should brush them weekly and you should clean in between their folds and wrinkles daily to prevent any bacteria causing infection.
Thanks to its peaceful and loving nature, the popularity of the English Bulldog has soared in recent times. Through its displays of charm and affection, this is one breed of dog that is likely to bring love and warmth to any home.