In recent years, Bulldogs have become one of the most favoured breed of dog, especially for millennials. In part three of our Top Ten Dog Breeds in South Africa, we focus on the humble Bulldog, and why they are so popular!
The Bulldog breed is known for a variety of families such as the English/British Bulldog and the French Bulldog. These doggos are a medium to small-sized dog breed. They are muscular, hefty dogs with wrinkled faces and distinctive pushed-in noses. Bulldogs have characteristically wide heads and shoulders, and are one of the few breeds whose tail is naturally short, either straight or screwed.
Unfortunately, Bulldogs are also a breed with possibly the longest list of serious health problems:
- Most Bulldogs cannot swim
- Bulldogs are Brachycephalic, which means that their breathing is compromised due to the size and shape of their heads
- They are more prone to heat stroke, as they cannot regulate their temperature through panting like other dogs
- They can have eye problems. Excess skin folds can rub on the eyes causing ulcers.
- Dystocia, which is difficult or obstructed labour, often results in the need for a C-section.
- Bulldogs, especially the unpigmented white bulldog, can present with skin problems. This can also lead ear infection and skin fold infection.
The list of health complications may be long, and need of care can be higher compared to other dogs, but Bulldogs shouldn’t be dismissed just yet., Bulldogs have a range of benefits for a South African home. They are excellent guard dogs, and although not very aggressive, these dogs are extremely protective of their owners. Bulldogs are also comical dogs! From funny facial expressions to a natural clown like nature, they are sure to put a smile on your face. Bulldogs have shown a knack for adapting well to new environments, so if you are into traveling, you have just found your new travel buddy!
Grooming needs: Low grooming
Size: 18 – 25 kg
Life expectancy: 8 – 12 years
Temperament: Docile, Friendly, Wilful, Gregarious
Suggested Tests: Eyes, Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Autoimmune Thyroiditis,
Litter Size: 3 or 4 puppies
Either way you look at it, Bulldogs are a beautiful breed with so much love to give!
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