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Characteristics of Bulldog Pups

When being shown a bulldog pup, you can’t help to notice how charming he appears. You may be quick to decide on taking him home, without learning more about the breed.

You also need think about your lifestyle and if a bulldog is fit for your household. 

Physical Appearance

Bulldogs (also known as English Bulldogs) are ideal in size. They are a bit low to the ground and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. Their broad arms emphasize their already wide body.

Although an under bite is considered to be a deformity, it has become a common characteristic of a Bulldog. They have a short nose that is surrounded by wrinkles. The wrinkles also take over the face and neck area. Their coat is short and comes in red, fawn, brindle, and white. The Bulldog is one of the few breeds left with the quality of having a natural, short tail.


Personality is a major subject on characteristics of Bulldog pups. A bulldogs’ fierce look can fool anybody, but they are actually quite friendly and love children. The great temperament has been sustained throughout time with careful breeding.

While they are not aggressive, they can be difficult to train. Their stubbornness can get in the way of successful discipline. Bulldogs do not enjoy working or vigorous play as many other breeds do.


Shedding is a major issue that Bulldog owners are faced with. The hair can be found in just about every spot in the house. Daily brushing is necessary to minimize the shedding amount. Besides keeping your dogs’ coat clean, it is also necessary to regularly trim their nails when you perform regular grooming of your bulldog.

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Most Bulldogs do not enjoy exercising and their nails will easily overgrow. Keeping the nails clipped will prevent them from becoming injured. Bulldogs are also susceptible to ear infections, so you need to clean the ears at least once a week.

Health Ailments

Another important part about characteristics of Bulldog pups is learning about potential health issues. Sadly, there are many health issues that bulldogs may be genetically predisposed to. The more common ailment in a Bulldog is hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a joint disease that causes intense pain.

Making sure that your pups’ parents have had an OFA radiograph will minimize the chances that your dog will develop the disease. Other common health issues include; cherry eye, allergies, patellar luxation, and hypothermia.

It is essential to avoid exposing your dog to hot weather. Their short face makes it difficult for them to breathe, thus being overheated can lead to a heat stroke. Overall, a healthy Bulldog has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years.


A Bulldog is perfect for those that have a busy life style and do not have much time to spend with their dog. The Bulldog is content in small spaces such as an apartment, and will sleep all day if allowed.

Remember that Bulldogs shed a lot and can be a bit high-maintenance when it comes to grooming. If this is not an issue, you will do great with your new companion. Bulldogs love their family and are eager to greet them at the door.

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