- 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.
- 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.