History: English Bulldogs originated in England during the 13th century. They were believed to be the ancestors of the Molossian dog. They were originally used for the sport of Bull Baiting which is now illegal. The widely known facial features of the English Bulldog actually helped them in ancient sport they were bred for. The wrinkles and folds on their face helped to direct blood and sweat down their face and away from their eye, nose, and mouth during fights. This dog was persistent, brave, and highly tolerant to pain. The modern English Bulldog has since been bred to be more of a companion and family dog and has become a very popular breed in the United States.
Temperament: English Bulldogs tend to be mellow and gentle and make good family pets. That being said, proper socializing with humans is recommended from an early age. They are very courageous and may be aggressive with unfamiliar dogs if not properly trained and socialized. The American Bulldog tends to be a loud breather and may snore, wheeze, and drool. These dogs make fine apartment pets since they are typically low-endurance dogs. They require moderate exercise and a healthy diet to stay trim and not become overweight. Getting out on a short, daily walk is still recommended for your English Bulldog.
Health/Grooming: English Bulldogs are moderate shedders with their short coats, requiring light grooming needs. This breed does need regular care for those deep face wrinkles to keep them clean and dry. Their faces should be wiped daily to prevent any skin infection or irritation. This breed does best in a temperate climate because they overheat easily and have difficulty breathing in warmer weather. They also chill readily in colder temperatures. The most common health concern with the English bulldog is skin issues but they may also be more prone to eye problems, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, and arthritis. Be sure that your breeder had a Cardiac exam, Patella exam and Tracheal Hypoplasia Radiographic examination for your puppy.