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.
Despite being ugly, bulldogs are very popular pets. Both the Bulldog (sometimes called the English Bulldog) and the French Bulldog are consistently in the top 10 most popular breeds in the United States, England, and Australia.
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 it 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.” If you pay attention, you will see a French Bulldog in this clip (deleted from the released version of the movie):
Tragically, alone with the humans that drowned when the Titanic sank, there were several dogs that perished including a French Bulldog.
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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 it the barbaric betting “sport” of bull-baiting. A tethered bull was attacked by several dogs 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 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. Anyone know of any other dog, such as poodle, pomeranian, miniature schnauzer, etc. being used so often as a mascot?
The Bulldog is mascot of many American universities: Georgetown, Gonzaga, Georgia, Yale, Mississippi State, just 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, 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 watch dogs.
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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||Height (inches)||Weight (Pounds)||Life Expectancy (Years)||Popularity (AKC)||Country|
|English Bulldog||14-15||40 - 50||8 - 10||5||United Kingdom|
|French Bulldog||11-13||under 28||10-12||4||France|
|Bull Terrier||21-22||50-70||12-13||62||United Kingdom|
|Boston Terrier||15-17||12-25||11-13||21||United States|
|Miniature Bull Terrier||10-14||18-28||11-13||110||United Kingdom|