Ye Olde English Bulldog
Lifespan: 10 to 13 years
Activity Level: Low
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Relaxed, Playful, Affectionate, Stubborn
Information / Facts: The English Bulldog, typically just known by the name "Bulldog," is a medium-sized, muscular dog that originated in the 16th century. While this dog was originally bred to handle bulls and other livestock, later in the blood line, the dog was crossed with a pug. This crossbreeding created the Bulldog as we know it today, however, it made the dog unsuitable for livestock work. The Bulldog is a popular mascot for sports teams, universities and military organizations. The USMC uses a Bulldog for their mascot, as do several Young USMC units across the country.
Pros: Bulldogs are very calm and docile and are content to just hang around the house with the members of their pack. Bulldogs are very stubborn and head-strong, and need a strong human pack leader to take charge. Bulldogs are good for families with children, as they are very gentle and loving. They may also be suitable for older adults that just want a companion to watch television or read a book with.
Cons: English Bulldogs are prone to several health problems; some of these may be serious. Bulldogs have a tendency for complications during birth, and it is estimated that over 80% of English Bulldog puppies are born by Caesarean section. Bulldogs also have small nasal cavities which lead to breathing problems and problems regulating their own internal body temperatures. As a result, care should be taken to keep your Bulldog out of sun and heat; they are best suited to live indoors year-round. Bulldogs also have issues with their eyes, including a condition called "cherry eye." These issues can be corrected with a simple surgery. Bulldogs mature slower than other breeds of dogs, and have a shorter life span than other breeds, with a life expectancy of around eight years.