Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but most who behold the bulldogs are unlikely to use the adjective “beautiful” to describe them. Bulldogs are ugly but make great pets.

They may be ugly, but bulldogs are very popular pets. The Bulldog (the English Bulldog) and the French Bulldog consistently rank in the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States, England, and Australia.

French Bulldogs

Described by the AKC as:

Adaptable, Playful, Smart
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 4 of 196
Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: under 28 pounds
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog, bred to be companion dogs. The breed is the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France, in the 1800s. They are stocky, compact dogs with a friendly, mild-mannered temperament. Wikipedia

French Bulldogs are descendants of dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe. Bet you never heard of the Molossians before reading this. But neither had I until researching the breed. British Molossian dogs are ancestors of the English Mastiff.

Bulldogs were used in blood sports such as bull-baiting. When England outlawed these atrocious events, the “Bulldogs” became unemployed. However, they succeeded in moving from a sporting breed to a companion breed.

French Bulldogs In Movies

French Bulldogs have acted in several movies and on television.  One notable role was in the movies “Titanic.”  Tragically, along with the humans who drowned when the Titanic sank, several dogs perished, including a French Bulldog.

For More French Bulldog Information

American Kennel Club
French Bulldog Club of America

Bulldogs, according to the AKC, are:

Friendly, Courageous, Calm
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 5 of 196
Height: 14-15 inches
Weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

The “bull” in bulldog comes from its use in the barbaric betting “sport” of bull-baiting. Several dogs attacked a tethered bull, and the dog that grabbed the bull by the nose and pinned it to the ground would be the winner. The bull was likely to maim or kill several dogs at such an event, either by goring, tossing, or trampling over them.

Bulldogs are popular in English culture. For many, it is a national icon, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s character is often described as similar to that of a bulldog. Some might say he has the face of a Bulldog.

A definite tribute to the Bulldog is how often it is used as a mascot. Does anyone know of any other dog, such as a poodle, pomeranian, miniature schnauzer, etc. being used so often as a mascot?

The Bulldog is the mascot of many American universities: Georgetown, Gonzaga, Georgia, Yale, Mississippi State, to name a few. Mack Trucks use the bulldog as their hood emblem, and it is the mascot of the United States Marine Corps. Oorah!

Both bulldog breeds make good family pets. The English Bulldog is calm, affectionate, and peaceful with other pets, but may have disputes with other dogs it does not know.  When I was a kid, my arch enemy had a bulldog, and I took great care to keep my dog Lucky away from that dog!

The French Bulldog is also a great family dog, and with its smaller size, it may be more suitable for some families. The Frenchie is cuddly and fits the description of a lap dog.

Because of his intimidating looks, the Bulldog makes a good guard dog. French Bulldogs, being smaller, are not as good guard dogs, but are good watchdogs.

For More Bulldog Information

American Kennel Club
Bulldog Club of America

Bulldogs Are Ugly But Great Pets

Other breeds similar to the bulldogs include Boston Terrier, Pug, Bull Terrier, and the Miniature Bull Terrier. None of these breeds are likely to win a beauty contest either.

Compare Bulldog Breeds

Breed Country

English Bulldog
Height (inches): 14-15
Weight (Pounds): 40-50
Life Expectancy (Years): 8-10
Popularity (AKC): 5
Group (AKC): Non-Sporting
United Kingdom

American Bulldog
Height (inches): 20-25
Weight (Pounds): 60-100
Life Expectancy (Years): 10-12
Popularity (AKC): Not ranked
Group (AKC): Foundation Stock Services
United States
French Bulldog
Height (inches): 11-13
Weight (Pounds): under 28
Life Expectancy (Years): 10-12
Popularity (AKC): 4
Group (AKC): Non-Sporting
Bull Terrier
Height (inches): 21-22
Weight (Pounds): 50-70
Life Expectancy (Years): 12-13
Popularity (AKC): 62
Group (AKC): Terrier
United Kingdom
Boston Terrier
Height (inches): 15-17
Weight (Pounds): 12-25
Life Expectancy (Years): 11-13
Popularity (AKC): 21
Group (AKC): Non-Sporting
United States
Miniature Bull Terrier
Height (inches): 10-14
Weight (Pounds): 18-28
Life Expectancy (Years): 11-13
Popularity (AKC): 110
Group (AKC): Terrier
United Kingdom