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Bulldog (aka English Bulldog)
Originally a fierce and fearsome fighter developed and capable of battle with a variety of well armed creatures, modern breeders have seen their way to developing one of the most unique breeds ever considered.  Granted, it is truly a man-made breed as a number of things like breeding and whelping cannot be accomplished by most Bulldogs without the intervention of man.  Even so, the Bully enjoys an empassioned following and a remarkable temperament.
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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 13-15 inches
Weight: 40-60 pounds Longevity: usually not much more than 10 years
Colors: brindle, white, fawn, red or patched Coat type: smooth with continual shedding
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Massive but relatively small cousin of the Mastiff. Brachiocephalic (pushed in face) adds to the characteristic expressoin and wrinkling.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low
General Nature: very good and amenable
  with Children: generally good with proper handling and introductions
  with other pets: generally good though supervision is highly recommended
  with dogs: generally good, neutering improves it dramatically
Socialization requirements: this charming individual becomes the life of the party when properly socialized, breed generally likes people
Ideal home characteristics: minimal activity, understanding for this dog's need for cool comfortable temperatures and minimal excercise
Temperament Notes: If you've ever met a characteristic middleaged English gentleman, you will likely understand the Bulldog. A dog that seems to have seen the world and discovered that he's happiest with his quiet, simple comforts of home like quiet, rambling walks.
Training requirement: socialization and some basic manners will serve well
Trainer notes: This is a breed who's massiveness tends to result in quick tiring and limited activity (not that they can't get going when inspired!).  Training sessions need to be highly positive and very short.  Do NOT give this dog time to get bored or tired.  Do so, and its likely you will have difficulty getting their attention at all next time.  Quite intelligent, so often capable of manipulating a situation to their preference.  Rather stoic as well, so negative training methods will be a complete waste of time and detrimental to the relationship shared with the dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1600s
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Bullbaiting
History: Developed for its ferocity and use as a guardian and then fighter, the Bulldog went on to put its stamp on a variety of breeds that needed a bit more spark as in the case of the Mastiff, creating the Bullmastiff.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: canine hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin and other allergies, INTOLERANT TO HEAT, limited tolerance to anesthesia, elongated soft palate, small trachea, heart problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had bulldogs?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What health issues do you find in the breed?
  • What health clearances do you get for your breeding stock?
  • What sort of temperament do you seek in your breeding stock?
  • What titles do your breeding stock have?
Web Sites:

http://www.rescuebulldogs.org/ - Official Parent Club Rescue Site

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.thebca.org/ilstd.html -Official Illustrated Standard of the Bulldog

Breeder Ethics:

http://thebca.org/code.html - Code of Ethics for members and breeders

Other: NOT a breed for everyone.  The most enthusiastic fans of the breed would concur, as this is not a dog you can be casual of on a hot day, or inconsiderate about if you have them bred.  A casual breeding for a female of this breed could very well be fatal.
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