Bulldogs are so gentle it’s hard to imagine the life these dogs led in their early history, when bull baiting was popular. The dogs’ role was to attack the bull, grabbing it by the nose. Fortunately, dog fighting became illegal, and breeders bred out ferocity while retaining the Bulldog’s distinctive physical characteristics. The efforts paid off within a few generations; today the Bulldog’s lovable dispositions and adorable mugs make it one of the most popular breeds.


Medium to large; 40 to 60 pounds.


Red brindle, brindle, white, red, fawn, and piebald.


Kind, amiable, mellow, comical. Willing to please but can be stubborn. Forms bonds and is good with children.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Mellow family or individual.


Daily exercise (a short walk will do), air conditioning, motivational training, tolerance of drooling and snoring, daily cleaning of facial wrinkles.

Life expectancy:

8 to 10 years.