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English Bulldog Information

English Bulldog Basics

Where Are English Bulldogs From?

The Bulldog breed comes from Britain. When, even further back than bull-baiting, bear-baiting was a sport in Britain and it lost favor, bull-fighting became de rigeur. The British bred Mastiffs with Terriers to create the Bulldog for this new sport (flat faces and strong jaws that wouldn’t let go of their prey).

How Many Types of English Bulldogs Are There?

There are several types of “Bulldogs,” but the dog referred to as a straight generic “Bulldog” refers to the English Bulldog – instantly recognizable by all thanks to his flat snout, upturned chin, wrinkled face, and humorous underbite.

Which Breeds Mix with English Bulldogs?

Bullypit (Bulldog + Pitbull)
Bulloxer (Bulldog + Boxer)
Beabull (Beagle + Bulldog)

English Bulldog Lifespan

Bulldogs live about 8-10 years.

5 Yrs20 Yrs

English Bulldog Size (Height & Weight)

Bulldogs are smaller medium-sized dogs, weighing 50-55 lbs with a height of 12-14 inches.

English Bulldog Appearance

What Colors Do English Bulldogs Come In?

Bulldogs can come in a variety of colors, from red to fawn to brindle, white, and piebald.

How Much Do English Bulldogs Shed?

Due to their short coat and lack of a thick undercoat, Bulldogs are minimal shedders.

Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot

Do You Need to Groom an English Bulldog?

Bulldogs do not require a high-maintenance grooming routine. Like all dogs, they require the occasional brushing and bathing.


English Bulldog Temperament, Personality & Training

How Much Do English Bulldogs Bark?

Bulldogs are excellent guards but they’re not arbitrary barkers. Thanks to their brachycephaly, Bulldogs make all kinds of other sounds, however, including snoring, wheezing, snorting, and grunting.

QuietExtremely Vocal

Are English Bulldogs Good with Kids?

Bulldogs are known to be very friendly and patient with children.
Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant

Are English Bulldogs Good Family Dogs?

Bulldogs are fairly inactive indoors, and so make great pets for families living in smaller apartments.
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way

Are English Bulldogs Good with Cats?

Bulldogs happen to get along very well with other animals. Of course, each dog has his own preferences and temperament, but you can feel fairly confident your Bulldog, if properly socialized to your cat, should get along just swell.
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!

Are English Bulldogs Easy to Train?

Bulldogs are patient but also fairly stubborn. They have been ranked low in terms of intelligence, though of course each dog is different. It’s best when proper socialization and training begins early with this affectionate yet determined breed.

English Bulldog Health

Do English Bulldogs Have a Lot of Health Problems?

Bulldogs have a relatively short lifespan – they take around 2.5 years to mature and they usually don’t live longer than 8 or 9 years. Most Bulldogs die of heart problems or old age.

Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy

What Diseases are English Bulldogs Prone To?

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are two of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. They are similar diseases in which either the hip or elbow joint has grown abnormally or is misshapen. The abnormal shape prevents the joints and sockets from properly meeting one another, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of sliding smoothly. Unlike in hip dysplasia, where the main problem is joint instability, the abnormalities seen in elbow dysplasia often result in pieces of bone and/or cartilage breaking loose and irritating the joint tissues. Over time, the rubbing from dysplasia can cause a variety of issues such as pain, lameness and secondary osteoarthritis. Surgery can be done to fix the joint if diagnosed before the onset of arthritis. If you are rescuing a English bulldog, have him checked out by a vet to see if he has or is prone to getting dysplasia so you know what he will be able to handle in terms of activities and exercise.
  • Stenotic Nares: Also called constricted or pinched nostrils, stenotic nares are common in brachycephalic breeds — dogs with extremely short snouts like the English bulldog. Stenotic nares are present at birth and are caused by a defect of the cartilage in the nose. Over time, pinched nostrils can make breathing in increasingly difficult. This is hard on the larynx and could eventually cause it to collapse, making breathing nearly impossible and often leading to death. Symptoms of stenotic nares include a foamy discharge when your dog breathes, noisy breathing, blue gums or fainting. Stenotic nares can be corrected with surgery.
  • Hyperthermia: Elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation
  • Elongated Soft Palate: Though the bulldog’s snout is much shorter than other breeds, his soft palates (and tongue) at the back of the mouth are not shortened. A dog of the same size with a normal head shape, would have a soft palate of the correct length, but in the brachycephalic dog, like the bulldog, the overlong soft palate is pushed backwards, partly obstructing the larynx (the opening to the airway). An elongated soft palate also causes issues with airflow and rubs against other tissues, leading to inflammation and swelling of airway tissues. The inflammation with often make the soft palate itself become swollen and thickened over time, further blocking your bulldog’s ability to breathe properly.
  • Others: Patellar luxation (where kneecaps become dislodged), eczema, allergies, and skin disorders. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend joint, eye, and diagnostic tests for the dog.

Purchasing vs Adopting an English Bulldog

How Much Does an English Bulldog Cost?

You can adopt a Bulldog at a much lower cost than buying one from a breeder. The cost to adopt a Bulldog is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Bulldogs from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on whether or not they’re from show-dog bloodlines, they can cost anywhere from $1,500-$4,000.

Purchase from Breeder

Where Can I Adopt an English Bulldog

The easiest way to adopt an English Bulldog would be through a rescue that specializes in English Bulldogs. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on Adopt-a-Pet.com. The search will show you all the available English Bulldogs in your area.

English Bulldog Shelters and Rescues

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for English Bulldog puppies. Browse the list of English Bulldog rescues and shelters near you, below.

Here Are a Few Organizations Closest to You

  • Shelter15.0 miles

    Contra Costa Animal Services Martinez

    4800 Imhoff Place Martinez, CA 94553
    Pet Types: Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Small Animals, Birds, Horses, Reptiles, Amphibians, and/or Fish, Farm-Type Animals
  • Rescue23.5 miles

    Umbrella of Hope

    4080 Railroad Ave Suite C Pittsburg, CA 94565
    Pet Types: Dogs, Cats

Looking for a Specific Shelter or Rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on an English Bulldog, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

Where Can I Find an English Bulldog Breeder?

We recommend you rescue an English Bulldog (or any dog) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting an English Bulldog can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter.

If you’re not convinced and your intention is to buy an English Bulldog from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.

Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your English Bulldog and you’ll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the chew toys and dog sweaters you could get if you adopted an English Bulldog instead!