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English Bulldog

General Characteristics:

  • Height: (Approx.) 12-14 inches
  • Group: Mastiff
  • Weight: (Approx.) 40-58 Lbs
  • Coat: Smooth & Short
  • Color: Brindles, Red Brindles, Solid Whites, Red Or Yellow Fawns & Piebald; Sometimes Black

Description: This affectionate, playful and loyal dog is truly a companion dog. They are great with children and adults alike, and because of the tough guy look, they make great watchdogs. But don’t expect them to do much more than watch! They will guard and defend their family if they think they are in danger but don’t expect them to get off the couch if you have an intruder in your home. Their loyalty will always be with their family.

The English Bulldog is a medium-sized dog, standing low to the ground with a broad and powerful stance. This appearance makes the English Bulldog portray an attitude of vigor and strength. The broad muzzle and short face along with the characteristic underbite distinguish this breed from others.

The English Bulldog is a strong and sturdy dog, but it isn’t a very strong breather because of its short muzzle, especially in hot and humid weather. Exerting too much energy in hot weather could be extremely harmful to your English Bulldog. Excessive panting could increase phlegm buildup in the throat causing the tissues to swell. Keep plenty of water and ice on hand in hot weather, and take precautions to prevent your dog from getting too hot.

The English Bulldog, with its loyalty, will make a great family pet. It may not be interested in watching the house, but it will never let anything happen to its family.

Appearance:

  • Head: Large and square
  • Eyes: Set wide apart and slight above the level of the nose
  • Ears: Set wide apart, small and rose shaped
  • Muzzle: Short, broad and deep
  • Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat
  • Bite: Undershot, with lower jaw projected in front of upper jaw
  • Neck: Short, very thick and strong
  • Top-line: Roached
  • Chest: Broad and deep, with well-sprung ribs
  • Body: Back is short and broad at shoulders but narrows at the loins
  • Legs: Forelegs are straight, strong, short and set wide apart. Hind legs are muscular and longer than forelegs, with hocks let well down.
  • Feet: Round, large and slightly turned outward
  • Tail: Set low, medium length and tapered to the tip
  • Movement: Strong and driving, yet very agile.
  • Temperament: Protective and aloof with strangers

Source: "Continental Kennel Club." http://www.continentalkennelclub.com/breedmain.aspx. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

 

Altman White English Bulldog

General Characteristics:

  • Height: (Approx.) 15-21 Inches
  • Group: Mastiff
  • Weight: (Approx.) 50-80 Lbs
  • Coat: Smooth And Short
  • Color: All Colors Acceptable

Appearance:

  • Head: Large and box-shaped with a square skull
  • Eyes: Wide-set
  • Ears: Small, high-set rose or flap ears
  • Muzzle: Short, broad and deep
  • Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat
  • Bite: Scissor or level, with some slightly undershot
  • Neck: Short, thick and muscular
  • Top-line: Level
  • Chest: Broad and deep, with well sprung ribs
  • Body: Extremely well-muscled with thick, muscular, broad shoulders
  • Legs: Forelegs are strong and straight, with the hind legs being heavy boned, covered in hard, powerful muscles, but not as broad as the shoulders
  • Tail: Usually docked, but, if not, is low lying and long
  • Movement: Strong and driving, yet very agile
  • Temperament: Protective and aloof with strangers

*This breed can from the old breed known as White English and was reconstructed and developed by Ray Altman of Waycross, GA.

Source: "Continental Kennel Club." http://www.continentalkennelclub.com/breedmain.aspx. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

 

Valley Bulldog

The Valley Bulldog is a mixed breed of Bulldog and Boxer, found most commonly in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a common conception that Valley Bulldog originated in the Annapolis Valley, giving the designer breed the name "Valley Bulldog."

Characteristics/Appearance: The perfect Valley Bulldog should be of medium height and size with a large broad head, sturdy muscular body with a thick neck of short to medium length. The Valley Bulldog possesses a broad chest and shoulder area and a thick powerful rear end. Valley Bulldogs should have an excellent temperament and can be quite intelligent. The temperament is to be very stable and trustworthy. Their disposition should be outgoing, playful yet protective when needed.

Specific of Appearance:

  • Head: Large and broad, deeply sunken between the eyes (medial furrow). The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog's height at the shoulder. Fault: Head too small.
  • Muzzle: Broad, deep and of medium to short in length. The bite is undershot. Fault: Muzzle too long (more than 3 inches), scissor or even bite.
  • Eyes: Wide apart and of moderate size. Any color is acceptable. Fault: Completely white / pink rims.
  • Nose: From the stop to the end of the nose must be at least an inch. Fault: Completely pink nose (a small amount is acceptable).
  • Neck: Short to Medium in length. Should be thick and muscular.
  • Chest: Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest wide and deep. Fault: Too narrow in the chest.
  • Back: Medium length with a slight rise from the shoulders to the rump (level back is just as acceptable).
  • Legs: Forelegs should be stout and wide apart, neither bowing out or turning in. Fault: Bowing or turned out resulting in poor movement.
  • Feet: Round and the pasterns should be strong. Fault: Down in the pasterns or splayed feet.
  • Height: Males - 15 to 18 inches at the shoulder. Females - 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder.
  • Weight: Between 45 to 70 lbs. No penalty for dogs above the standard weight as long as the dog is well proportioned.
  • Color: Various brindles with or without white, white (solid white not preferred), tan, fawn or red. The coat should be short and smooth.
  • Ears: Short either button or rose.
  • Tail: Down to hock naturally or screwed. May be docked, of no major importance.
  • Temperament: The Valley Bulldog is a loyal and intelligent companion. They desire to be close to their owner at all times and will enjoy intense playtime or rest and relaxation with their owners. Valleys are great companions for the entire family and take very well to small children. Occasionally, you may find a Valley Bulldog that has inherited the Boxer's tendency to be rough at play and may also be quite a jumper. This is a rare occurrence, but should be noted for those owners with small children.

Health: The incorporation of the Boxer with the Bulldog corrected most of the health problems associated with the Bulldog. However, they may suffer from minor breathing problems if their snubbed snout restricts air. In these cases, they should be monitored in hot weather to prevent heat stroke. Valley Bulldogs may be susceptible to minor skin irritations during adolescent stages of growth. The skin irritations are easily corrected and most often disappear once the dog has reached full maturity. They breed and whelp their own litters without any intervention.

History: The Valley Bulldog breed can be traced back to the mid 1900s, although it is possible that it may have existed much earlier. Research has shown that several of today's breeders have produced ten to fifteen generations of pure Valley Bulldogs in their breeding programs.
The genetic origin and foundation of the Valley Bulldog was established on and incorporated the Bulldog and the Boxer. These two breeds were used to incorporate the Boxer's athletic ability and exceptional temperament and the Bulldog's courageous and unwavering spirit. Over the years type has been set and the Valley Bulldog is now a pure bred in both form and type.
The Valley Bulldog was bred as a durable, athletic, working utility dog that was used primarily for farm and ranch work. Valley Bulldogs were used to work cattle and other unruly livestock as well as protect and guard the farm or ranch and its occupants from natural predators.

All of these needs and others have lent to the development of this courageous and durable breed. It should be remembered that the Valley Bulldog of today is truly a working breed.

Source: "International Olde English Bulldogge Association." http://www.ioeba.net. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

 
   
     
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