Authorities differ so completely about the origin
of the Bulldog that the name itself is in dispute. While some feel the
breed may derive its name from the bull-like shape of the head, others
maintain it came from the ancient English custom of using Bulldogs in the
sport of bull baiting.
There appears to be little doubt, however, than
an early canine species resembling the Bulldog came into existence in the
1500's. Because of their courage and apparent capacity to endure pain,
Bulldogs were shamelessly exploited for many years in the sports of bull baiting,
bear baiting and dog fighting. Bull baiting was made illegal in England
in 1835 and eventually dog fighting of all kinds was prohibited,
resulting in a steady decline in the breed.
Happily enough, the beginning of the dog-show
era in 1859 saved this fine old breed. Because of the interest and
untiring efforts of a small group of sincere experienced fanciers, this
small number of bulldogs served as a nucleus for the dogs of today.
Fortunately, this group of fanciers was determined to preserve the fine
characteristics and just as determined to eliminate all fighting and
Bulldog Standard (from AKC)
The perfect Bulldog must be of medium size and
smooth coat; with heavy, thickset, low-swung body, massive short-faced
head, wide shoulders and sturdy limbs. The general appearance and
attitude should suggest great stability, vigor and strength. The
disposition should be equitable and kind, resolute and courageous (not
vicious or aggressive), and demeanor should be pacific and dignified. These
attributes should be countenanced by the expression and behavior.
For an Illustrated Guide to the Bulldog Standard
please click here.
Buying a Bulldog
Buy your bulldog puppy with care! Like many
other breeds, Bulldogs are prone to a variety of health problems that can
be passed along in a bloodline. Make sure you buy from a reputable
breeder NOT a pet store! Examine both parents of your puppy to make
sure they are healthy and well-maintained. And remember even if both
parents are healthy, a puppy can develop any one of the more common
health problems from several generations back. So ask the breeder about
their bloodlines and discuss potential health issues. Buying a puppy
should not be done on the spur of the moment. Being patient and finding
the right pup can save you in vet bills and heartache down the road.
The Bulldog Club of Greater San Diego does not
sell dogs or advertise puppies for sale. If you are interested in
purchasing a Bulldog, please first review the information contained on
this page. For further assistance it is best to contact breeders at local
dog shows. San Diego County shows will be listed on our web site on the News page.
Shows in Southern California can be found at www.jbradshaw.com.
For puppy and breeder referrals please email our
For basic care of your bulldog please click here or for a downloadable PDF file of
the same document click here.
can easily overheat! Like all short nosed breeds, a
Bulldog requires that you watch him carefully in hot weather or in any
stressful situation - making sure he has shade, clean water, even fans
and ice. Exercise is important for a Bulldog to build stamina and prevent
obesity, but don't overdo it - particularly when its hot. Calm and cool
is the rule for bulldogs in summertime.
Articles of Interest
Behavior and Obedience
The bulldog is a very even-tempered dog, but it
is important to teach him appropriate behavior and good habits at an
early age. To read some questions and answers about common bulldog
behavior problems and solutions, read our Ask Fang Articles published
in the newsletter.
Bulldogs are quite intelligent and learn easily
with firm but gentle training and positive methods. You can even train
your bulldog in obedience, agility, carting and other dog sports!
Several of our members compete regularly in
obedience, agility and carting . See the photos page
for bulldogs in action.
Longtime member Betty Fisher has also written
two excellent books on training and having fun with hard-to-train dogs.
Both are available from Amazon.
So Your Dog's Not Lassie : Tips for
Training Difficult Dogs and Independent Breeds
by Betty Fisher
: Unleashing the Genius in YOUR Dog
by Betty Fisher
The Bulldogger, quarterly
publication of the Bulldog Club of America. Included with each BCA
The Book of the Bulldog, Joan McDonald Brearley,
1985, T.F.H. Publications
The Bulldog: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet, Marie Andree,
1998, Howell Book House, ISBN 0876054327
The Bulldog Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, John F. McGibbon, 1996, Howell Book House
Bulldogs, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, Phil Maggitti, 1997, Barron's Educational Series
Bulldogs Today, Chris Thomas, 1995, Seven Hills Book
Distributors, ISBN 1860540058
The New Bulldog, Col. Bailey C. Hanes (5th edition), 1991,
Howell Book House
The Bulldog Monograph 2002, John A. Little, Ph.D., 2002, hard
cover and paperback, ISBN 0-9721126-1-8 and ISBN 0-9721126-2-6
Bulldog Legacy, Dr. Saul Schor,
1994, Email Dr. Schor
20th Century Bulldog, Marjorie Barnard, 1988, Nimrod Press
The Shaman's Bulldog, A Love Story, Renaldo Fischer, 1996, toExcel.
The Bulldog Annual, seven harcover
volumes, 1993-1999, Hoflin Publishing, Inc.,
Wheat Ridge, CO.
A New Owner's Guide to Bulldogs, Hank and Carol Williams,
1998, T.F.H. Publications, Inc.
Hardcopy Pamphlets (in PDF format)
"Getting Started in Bulldogs"
"What is the Bulldog Club of America?"
"Basic Care for your
"The BCA Rescue
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