Size: MediumEase of training: Low
Grooming: LowShedding: Medium
Exercise needed: Daily walkEnergy level: Low
Protection: Low, may look intimidatingGood with children: Yes, excellent with children
The Bulldog is a gentle, easy going, and affectionate dog, with a wonderful nature, a comical outlook on life, and a really entertaining personality. The national symbol of Great Britain, the Bulldog is known to be extremely amiable, friendly, and loving, and loves to spend time with his family. Known to be one of the most dependable breeds around, the Bulldog makes a wonderful family pet, and is fine for the more inexperienced dog owners as well as those with experience. The Bulldog can have a stubborn streak, but is also a very docile breed with plenty of affection and devotion to give to his family.
The Bulldog is known to be excellent with children and will get along with other pets too, but be way of his jealous streak of another animal tries to take his food! His sweet nature and comical attitude makes him a big hit as a family dog. This is a breed that has inbuilt laziness, however, so don't expect your Bulldog to go romping around and playing Frisbee with you. It is important to exercise him for health reasons, but this should be along the lines of gentle strolls and walks in cooler weather. With strangers the Bulldog may be reserved, although some will be quite friendly. He is a sensitive and intelligent dog, and is ideal as a pet in a relaxed household.
The Bulldog has something of a comical appearance, with a short, stout body and a rather glum and reproachful expression. The skin on his face falls in folds, and his legs are set wide apart. Although short and stout, he also has a sturdy build. The coat of the Bulldog is short, sleek, and tight fitting, and the coloring can be white, red, fawn, brindle, piebald, or fallow. His ears are small and hang folded to the side of the head.
The height of the Bulldog is around 14-15 inches, and these dogs weigh in at 40-60 pounds.
The lifespan of the Bulldog is relatively short compared to some other breeds, and is around 8-10 years. There are a number of health problems that can affect this breed, and this includes heart problems, thyroid problems, ectropion, entropion, cataracts, elongated palate, a range of eye disorders, inverted tails, recessed tails, stenotic nares, and skin problems. Being short haired means that the Bulldog should not be exposed to extreme temperatures as this can be dangerous, and neither should he be over exerted as his short muzzle can mean that he develops breathing problems under these circumstances. The parents of the Bulldog puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.
Adapted from: http://www.justdogbreeds.com/bulldog.html