Ever looked at a certain dog and simply knew what country they are from by its looks? Maybe it never happened to you, nor did it happen to me, but that is not the point. There is one dog breed that simply exudes it. The English Bulldog with its distinct stance, and the laughing face gives the impression of an old English chap, who likes to hang around at bars, watch sports, share stories with the bartender about how he served in the army while downing a crisp ale. Anyway, what I’m saying is, this is one jolly dog to be around. However, when they are angry, they still appear like an old English person, but pissed off, and yelling slurs at you which you don’t understand and neither you want to understand. Still, doesn’t change the fact that this is a great dog.
Interesting Facts about the English Bulldog
If you are new to the world of dogs, firstly, welcome aboard, and secondly, you wouldn’t know much about this dog. Well, you’d know they are English by their name, but here are some facts about this breed. American Kennel Club
1. Fierce Warriors and Their Name
The history of these pooches is filled with bloodshed and pain, not because they were a part of reputed armed forces, but because they were used in horrendous sports created by us humans. Their history can be traced to at least the 13th century when the sport of bull-baiting was quite popular. In this cruel sport, bulls were pitted against dogs in a gladiator style, and people would bet if the dog will win or lose. Either way, one animal would always die in those rings, which is truly sad, and that is how these hounds got their name, the Bulldog. By looking at such records, it is safe to say, that we humans were still evolving from primates during that time.
2. Big Dogs
I’m certain that while reading the previous point, you were envisioning modern bulldogs fighting against huge bulls, and must be thinking, how in the world did these small dogs even stand a chance against such a large animal? Well, here’s the thing, bulldogs used to be much larger in size during those times. In the past, bulldogs used to be anywhere from 20 to 25 inches in height and weighed around 120 pounds, and that is how they fought against bulls, and sometimes bears as well.
3. Shrink or Die
When the bloody and gruesome sport of bull-baiting finally came to an end in 1835 with the government banning such sports, people found no use for these dogs. As some humans were still evolving, they developed a sport of dogfighting, which was illegal, of course. Though they were strong and robust dogs, they were not agile, and for this reason, people weren’t using them in the ring, instead, they crossed bulldogs with various terrier breeds that resulted in Pit Bulls and Bull Terriers. Sadly, this pushed Bulldogs near extinction, and these surely would’ve bid their farewells, if it wasn’t for some breeders who saw the potential in these pooches and bred them to be smaller to save them from going extinct.
4. Chill Vibes
If you’re the type of person who likes to simply sit back and relax at home instead of going partying on a weekend, then Bulldog is the dog for you. While this adorable pooch does love brisk walks, but once the walk is over you can bet your top dollar they’ll plop down and just relax. To be honest, this dog knows how to relax better than most humans, we must learn their ways of easing up.
5. A symbol of Britain
As these were used in blood sports, these hounds became synonymous with courage and tenacity. During the First World War, bulldogs were quite popular, and at the same time a political cartoon character, named John Bull was gaining popularity as well, he was often used in propaganda and portrayed as a bulldog. When the Second World War broke out, Britain was governed by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who people often said looked like a bulldog, and was even named the British Bulldog. He refused to give up against the Nazis, cementing this courageous hound’s reputation that ultimately became the symbol of Britain. Great British Mag
6. Hot Summers
While this English dog isn’t the type to go outside in a snowstorm just because they were feeling hot, and they love winters, but it definitely isn’t the one that can happily lay down in heatwaves or general summers. Because of their short muzzles, they experience trouble breathing during hot days, especially the days with high humidity. Around those days, simply turn the air conditioner on, and let this pooch do what they do best, chill.
7. Excitement is a Curse
Now I’ll take it that you are a dog person, and just like me have devoted countless hours to watch cute dog videos on the internet. The ones where pooches see their owners after a long time and start their wiggle dance because they got too excited is extremely touching. However, bulldogs cannot get excited. Not that they cannot, it is just if they did, they’d end up breathing too hard, their tongue will hang out far, and can turn bluish instead of normal pink, which can cause all sorts of issues. If this happens soak their tongue in cold water immediately. Maybe this is why they are naturally chill.
8. High-Density Dogs
These English dogs can weigh up to 50 pounds, which doesn’t sound much because it is an average weight for many dogs. However, when you consider its size, you start to understand that this dog is densely packed. Bulldogs reach a maximum height of 15 inches, and it is significantly smaller than dogs that weigh similarly as they are anywhere from 22 to 26 inches in height.
9. Beloved Cartoon Character
If you happen to be an 80s child, 90s child, or even someone who was born yesterday (how are you reading this then seriously?), chances are you have at least watched one episode of the famous animated cartoon, Tom & Jerry. They introduced a character in 1942 named Spike, and surprise-surprise it was a bulldog. Since then Spike has become a part of the show and has been seen in many episodes. Later on, he was also given a son, which he loved the most.
10. Presidential Candidate
Well, okay, he did not run for President, though it would’ve been great to see a dog running for president, as my vote would definitely go to him. The 30th President of the United States of America, Calvin Coolidge, used to have a pet Bulldog named Boston Beans. However, his stay at the White House was short-lived, because First Lady Grace Coolidge preferred her two collies named Prudence Prime and Rob Roy. These two remained at the White House, while Boston Beans was given to Mrs. Coolidge’s mother in Massachusetts. Tough luck, Boston Beans, but politics is like that. The 29th President of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding also kept a bulldog and named him Old Boy, other than that not much is known about this pooch. Presidential Pet Museum
11. The Record Holder
In the year 2015, a Bulldog by the name of Otto sat a world record of traveling through the longest human tunnel on a skateboard. I don’t know about you, but that is phenomenal. Otto sat this record in his hometown of Lima, in Peru, where he glided through the legs of 30 people on a skateboard while looking like a rockstar at the age of three. Meanwhile, I was picking my nose at that age. Guinness World Records
12. They’re not a Fish
You must be thinking “yeah, no kidding, Sherlock”, however, our general understanding is that all dogs are capable of swimming and they love water. That is true for most dogs, while bulldogs love water, they are not efficient swimmers. If they happen to be swimming in very shallow water where they can easily reach the surface, then you can let them go nuts, otherwise, they need to be supervised carefully. Because their short limbs aren’t good for strenuous swimming.
So there you have it, 12 amazing facts about bulldogs. A dog that once was a fearsome warrior that became a lovely pooch, and an amazing companion to humans.