There’s no question about it. English Bulldog owners are an enthusiastic and dedicated group of dog owners. This dog with one of the most unusual appearance, unfortunately was originally bred by the English for bullfighting. Deemed unacceptable and inhumane this sport was outlawed in the mid 1800’s. The English Bulldogs of today are courageous, however some lack the aggression that made them effective bullfighters in past times. In modern times they’re more content to lounge on the couch and play the role of pet rather than enter the bullfighting ring. If you’re considering adding an English Bulldog to your family, you’ll want to understand their temperament as well as the advantages and disadvantages of owning this breed. Here are some of the advantages of owning a Bulldog:
They attract attention.
When you walk down the street with an English Bulldog heads will surely to turn as people stop to catch a glimpse of this powerfully built dog with the face that only a mother could love. Their characteristic swagger and their almost tragic expression are sure to win the hearts of even complete strangers.
They love children.
Despite their steely appearance, with a few exceptions, most Bulldogs are quite fond of children and are willing to quietly tolerant their exuberance. If you have kids a Bulldog is a great dog to have around. You’ll feel more secure knowing your pet Bulldog is keeping a protective eye over the children as they play.
They’re good guard dogs.
Although Bulldogs are no longer the aggressive bullfighters of yesterday, they are aware of their own strength and won’t hesitate to leap into action to protect their owners should the occasion call for it. The Bulldog is a great protector of family.
They make you laugh.
Bulldogs not only look a bit unusual, they’re also natural clowns. If you’re feeling a bit low after a long day at work, spending a few hours with a Bulldog will elevate your mood. Their funny facial expressions and natural clumsiness will surely bring a smile to your face.
Of course, no dog is without some disadvantages. Here are some of the disadvantages of owning a Bulldog:
They can be time intensive as puppies.
Bulldog puppies tend to be higher spirited than some other breeds with a tendency to get into trouble. They’re also habitual chewers which can mean lots of destroyed shoes and other household articles. Add to this their innate stubbornness and you can see how the puppy years can be a challenge. Fortunately, most high strung Bulldog puppies grow into mellow adults with good temperaments.
They’re not natural athletes.
If you’re looking for a dog that can leap into the air to catch a Frisbee or a ball, or do schutzhund / protection work, the Bulldog may not be the dog for you. As adults, they tend to rest more rather than run in the yard or become very active. One other thing to keep in mind is they are not good running partners. They have very short legs and with the pushed in noses it tends to cause them to overheat easily.
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They don’t have good manners.
If you want a dog that’s mannerly, the English Bulldog may not suit. They have a tendency to slobber especially after drinking water and during the hot summer months. Plus, they are notorious for passing gas in a very audible way. Most Bulldog owners are quite happy to deal with these small faults for their devoted companionship.
Some of them have health problems.
Bulldogs have a tendency towards a variety of health problems including heart problems, skin problems, and hip dysplasia. They need to be watched closely during the summer months due to their tendency to overheat. They should always be kept in cool temperatures with lots of water to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. They also don’t have extremely long life spans when compared to the average dog. If you add a Bulldog to your family, count on having some veterinary bills.
After weighing the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Bulldog, you can better decide whether this dog breed will fit into your home and lifestyle. But beware! This dog is sure to make you smile.