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British Bulldog

Group: Non Sporting (Group 7)
Club: British Bulldog Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Linda Dempsey
Phone: 0439 675 855

Brief History

The name Bulldog evolved as early as the 1500’s, referred to as “Bandogge” by Dr Caius, physician to Queen Elizabeth 1, in 1576. The primary use of the breed then was for Bull and Bear baiting. This was a form of entertainment until 1835 when law was passed in England outlawing Bull and Bear baiting. The first “official” dog show in England was held in 1859, with the first show accommodating a class for Bulldogs coming in 1860. In 1864 the first British Bulldog Club was formed with the breed standard drafted the same year, before being first published in 1879.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The average life span is 9 to 12 years.  


The Bulldog has a unique character all its own. Naturally stubborn in nature with the capacity to be very intelligent and wanting to please. Very social, making for an ideal companion that adapts well to living in the house. The Bulldog is renowned for his loyalty, companionship with family and elderly, returning their loyalty and affection tenfold. The Bulldog has a strong protective nature and instinct to guard and defend against threats towards members of family and home, although some are quite happy to welcome all. Extreme loyalty and devotion to family makes the Bulldog an excellent family pet. 

General Breed Description

Some would describe the Bulldog as ugly, whereas others see him as the most beautiful of dogs. He is intelligent but stubborn, placid, with a distinguished look. Outgoing, very social, trustworthy, with a willingness to please. A natural bob tail breed. The Bulldog comes in a variety of colours, including fawns, reds and brindles with their varieties, and pieds (a combination of white with any of the forementioned colours). The Bulldog should not be black, black and tan, liver or blue.

Coat and Care requirements

The coat is fine in texture and short, sheds year-round and therefore will need to be brushed regularly or groomed using a rubber grooming glove. The Bulldog is low maintenance compared to most breeds, with bathing required only when necessary, but the tail pocket (screw tail only), nose folds and ears must be kept free of dirt and moisture. Nails need to be trimmed regularly. 


Weight: Males 25kgs (55lbs), Females 23kgs (50lbs).


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed health and what health testing the breeder does. The British Bulldog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. They may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Multifocal Retinopathy, Degenerative Myelopathy, Prolapsed or Narrow Trachea, Elongated Soft Palate, Hyperuricosuria.


This breed requires training and discipline from an early age to ensure they become an obedient family member and will require regular exercise.  Enrolling your puppy in puppy preschool so that he receives plenty of socialisation is recommended. If this is done with an obedience club then it will be easy to continue training the dog as it grows. The Bulldog has a record of success in Obedience competition and in other dog sports such as Agility and Conformation (dog shows). Additionally, he has been utilised as a Companion Dog, helping individuals with mental health.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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