Back to the bulldogs today Rover-ites! In the first part of this blog entry we covered the origins of the bulldog. Today we are looking at how the bulldog went to from a fighting sport dog to the third most popular dog in Seattle.
We left off last time with the bulldog being banned from bull baiting in 1835. However, that was not the end of the breed as a new role was found for the animal as a popular family pet. The fighting bulldog was crossbred with the pug to produce the modern bulldog breed. Although this new breed has all the distinct physical features of its historical compatriot, the modern bulldog is very different beneath the skin. For starters, even though the breed had an aggressive past, the bulldog today has a reputation of being docile and having a good temperament. After 1835 dog breeders focused heavily on breeding aggression out of the bulldog. Also, crossing the original bulldog with pugs has significantly reduced the physical durability of the bulldog making it impossible to return its original focus of baiting bulls (thankfully).
Combining the bulldog’s mellow behavior with its compact body and need for minimal exercise makes the breed an ideal apartment or small house dog. However, before you decide this is the breed for you make sure you understand the health problems your four legged friend will have. Seattle dog boarding facilities working with older bulldogs will admit that they are more work than the average customer. Bulldogs have the highest percent chance of hip dysplasia in the dog world at 74%. The breed has a reputation for interdigital cyst, cherry eye, and sensitivity to heat. Daily maintenance of the bulldog’s folds around its face and periodic tail cleaning are required to avoid infections caused by moisture accumulation. However, do not let this list of health concerns discourage you from owning or dog sitting for a bulldog. They are still a wonderful dog breed that will reward all your hard work with a face of love and affection unmatched by other dogs.
All right dog sitters and dog owners, hopefully you enjoyed the conclusion of this blog post. Have any great bulldog stories? Disagree with anything in this blog article? Have any additional tips for bulldogs as an owner? We want to here from you in the comments below!