Bulldog Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
Bred originally for bull-baiting, the national dog of Great Britain, the Bulldog, is a magnificent dog, as courageous as he is affectionate.
Bulldogs have been known as a distinct breed in the UK since the 1630s, although there is earlier reference to dogs called bandogs, a term used today for fighting dogs. Bull-baiting became illegal in 1835 and he began to wane in popularity as he did not have the speed to make a good dog-fighter. The breed at that time was a much fiercer looking animal, longer in the leg and pretty mean-looking.
However, with his withdrawal from the fighting pits, the Bulldog was taken up by fanciers who bred for temperament and looks and he made his first appearance in the showring in 1860. It is certainly not a breed now where temperament would cause any concern, though his massive jaws are still quite capable of wreaking havoc if he is left alone long enough to get bored.
A range of colours are permissible though Dudley (liver in all its shades), black and black and tan are highly undesirable. No height is specified and weight is given as 25kg for dogs. The coat is easy enough to keep but it is necessary to pay attention to the wrinkle on his face and keep it clean and dry.
They aren’t a difficult breed but are very specialised and to do justice to your dog you need to be well-informed; there are a lot of litters bred for purely for gain, and with puppies being sold for £2,000 each it isn’t surprising that some people are attracted to the breed for the wrong reasons. Contact your local breed club before buying a Bulldog and take their advice; a good breeder will be there to help you for the lifetime of your dog and will be scrupulous about breeding from healthy dogs. A poorly bred dog could bring you heartbreak and expense.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.