Bull Dogs are very easy to point out among the dog breeds. They have a short-muzzled head and a square face. A BullDog can grow up from 1 foot to 1 foot and 3 inches tall and can weigh from 40 to 50 pounds heavy. A Bull Dog is known to be very friendly, courageous and calm. They have very loose skin in their head with pushed-in nose and small ears. They are also very good with children so if you have little kids in your house then Bull Dog will be a perfect fit. The average lifespan of a Bull Dog is 8 to 12 years long.
Origin and History of BullDog
The BullDog breed was originated in England during the 1500s. During the time, Bull Dogs were mentioned as Bolddogges. During the time, Bull Dogs were very fierce and were used in a practice known as the bull baiting. In this practice, the Bull Dogs had to grab onto the bull’s nose and had to roughly shake it. It was believed that by doing this, the bull’s blood becomes thin and their flesh becomes more tender. As a result of this belief, many parts of England have a specific law which says that a bull must be baited before they are taken to be slaughtered. In some places, this practice was also seen as a sport as there were no TV shows, games or movies at the time. Because of this, the Bull Dogs were very aggressive and courageous and were not seen as an affectionate companion.
Later, in 1835, the bullbaiting was outlawed in most of the parts in England due to which many people thought that Bull Dog would eventually disappear. However, some of the people loved the strength and stamina of a BullDog and decided to save the breed. So, these people decided to breed the Bull Dogs with a sweeter and gentle temperament dog breed which created the current Bull Dogs. The Bull Dog breeds were later recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1890. After that, the popularity of Bull Dog increases immensely and in the 1940s to 1950s, they became one of the top 10 dog breeds.
The recommended amount of food for a Bull Dog is ½ to 2 cups of hi-quality food in a day. The food can be divided into 2 to 3 meals a day. However, the food can be more or less according to the age, size, physical activity level and metabolism of your Bull Dog. As the human being, every dog requires a different amount of food. You can decide if your dog needs more or less by observing these factors (age, size, physical activity level and metabolism).
Also, most dogs love to eat and can eat as much as they are given. As a result, your BullDog can overeat and gain excessive weight. This overweight can cause your Bull Dog to have joint problems. So you should measure how much food you feed your dog. Also, how the food affects your dog depend on the quality of the food. So, you must try to give your dog a high-quality food so that they are nourished properly.
Training for BullDog
BullDogs can be very stubborn and lazy, so crate training is most recommended for Bull Dogs. Though many people believe that crate is a prison for dogs, in reality, a comfortable crate is just what a dog wants. A crate is where dogs can find a peace and can rest peacefully. Also, the crate training makes it very easy for a person to house train their dogs. However, don’t forget to keep some of their favorite toys in their toys so that when you are not around they don’t feel alone and have separation anxiety.
Daily exercise is recommended for Bull Dogs. As they are very lazy and can stay in one place for a whole day, it can result is negative behaviors such as destructiveness and stubbornness. So, daily walks are necessary. Also, Bull Dogs enjoy the walks and it can help in reducing their laziness. If you are planning on training your Bull Dog then you should start when they are young. Also, you should not forget to regularly praise them and give them treats. You should see that you do not give them a lot of treat, you should limit their treats.
Bull Dogs are generally very expensive dog breeds costing from $1500 to $4000. You must be wondering why this breed is so expensive. It is because Bull Dogs have very hard time giving birth to their child because of their large head. As a result, most of the Bull Dogs have to go through a C-section. These operations solely can cost up to $1500. Also, when a BullDog gets pregnant, they should be taken to the vet regularly which increases the cost.
It is very difficult for a BullDog to go through a pregnancy because of the stress of C-section. Because of this, one Bull Dog is bred only once or twice. Also, to get a Bull Dog pregnant, they have to be artificially inseminated in most cases. The average number of puppies a Bull Dog can give birth to is 4. Bull Dogs cannot have more than 6 to 8 puppies.
Disease and Their Cure
Brachycephalic is a very common disease in BullDog breeds. In this disease, the upper airway of the Bull Dog becomes narrow resulting in difficulty in breathing. This disease is mostly seen in flat-faced dog breeds. Due to this disease, Bull Dogs can get overheated in warm weathers. To cure this disease, your dog need t undergo a surgery and also go through oxygen therapy.
The Cherry Eyes is the condition where your dog develops a gland under the third eyelid protrudes. This condition is called the cherry eyes because due to the gland, the corner of the eyes looks like it has a cherry it. To cure this, you should take your dog to a vet to remove the glad.
Entropion is a condition where your dog’s eyelashes are turned inward and rubs against their eyes. It causes a lot of irritation to the dog’s eyes. For this condition, your dog needs to undergo a minor surgery.
Hip Dysplasia is a condition where the thighbone of your dog doesn’t fit into the hip joint. This disease is mostly caused when they gained unnecessary weight. To prevent this, you should calculate how much food your dog eats and limit their treats as well. Generally, this condition can be removed through a surgery but you should also consider other options before deciding on surgery.