The Bulldog Breed
AKC Meet the Breeds®
Known for their loose-jointed, shuffling gait and massive, short-faced head, the Bulldog is known to be equable, resolute and dignified. A medium-sized dog of 35-60 pounds, they are not your typical lap dog, but would like to be! They are one of the most popular breeds due to their lovable and gentle dispositions and adorable wrinkles. The Bulldog may be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald. They have beautiful deep brown eyes. They are recognizable even at a distance due to their characteritic rolling gait.
Said to have originated in the British Isles, the name "bull" was applied because of the dog's long-ago connection with bull baiting. The original bulldog had to be fierce and courageous. But when fighting became illegal in England in 1833, fanciers set to the task of preserving the breed by eliminating all fierce characteristics.
Within a few generations, the Bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens with an agreeable temperament. Modern bulldogs are bred for conformation and sociability.