Breed profile: British Bulldog

Breed History

Did you know that the British Bulldog is one of the oldest British breeds and has been around since the 17th century. They were bred for bull-baiting and dog fights, hence their muscular body and confident nature.

General Appearance

The British Bulldog is a medium breed with short fur with a distinguishably strong head and shoulder and short snout. The British Bulldog will reach between 31-40cm in height and can weigh 20 – 25kg on average.


Although this breed was initially bred as a fighting dog, the traits associated with their history have long been bred out of them. Modern British Bulldogs make wonderful family pets with loving personalities. They are described as having a ‘calm dignity’ about them and have been described as stubborn but loveable by some owners.

Health Considerations

The British Bulldog has an average lifespan of 8 – 10 years. Due to the flat face and wrinkly skin of the Bulldog, they can experience trouble breathing and aren’t well equipped for the heat. Owners need to be on high alert for early signs of heat stroke during the summer, including excessive panting and drooling. Cooling mats can be useful and we should keep these dogs out of the mid-day sun.



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