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All about the Bulldog standard

In recent decades, Bulldogs are receiving much popularity as great show dogs. Due to their sweet-temperament and friendly attitude, they are truly adorable to many. Bulldogs are also referred to as English or British Bulldogs, and as their name implies, they are the symbol of elegance and tenderness.

In earlier times, Bulldogs were mostly known as guard dogs. However, compared to the aggressive instinct of their ancestors, current breeds are much more mild-mannered and temperate. But under certain circumstances their fighting instinct becomes highly apparent.

In the year 1864 in England, the first Bulldog standard was documented and the standard was adopted in 1875. In 1890, the Bulldog Club of America was formed. Six years later, in the year 1896, the club adopted a new standard for Bulldogs. In 1914, the standard came under revision and the issue of the Dudley nose became rejected. However, in 1976, this rejection statement was once again reviewed and redefined as brown colored nose. In 1990, the standard was redesigned, however, keeping the words and terminologies intact.

Typically Bulldogs have a medium-sized feature with a smooth coat all over the body. Native to England, these dogs have been marked with their short muzzle positioned over short-faced head. The three primary characteristics of a Bulldog are dynamism, persistence and energy. While the weight of a male adult is around fifty pounds, the weight of an average female is forty pounds. While looking straight to the dog, it can be seen that the lower part of the skull area holds the eyes of the dog. The eyes are positioned far away from their ears.

Bulldogs, typically known for their friendliness, obedience and companionship, are best known for their loyalty to their master and an occasional stubbornness. They feel themselves as a member of the family so strongly that they usually never act as an exploratory manner, even for a shorter distance, without being accompanied by the family members. Bulldogs are very sociable in nature. They have a natural ability to mix well with children, dogs from other breeds as well as other household animals. Although their level of intelligence usually does not get much importance, their level of obedience simply does not have any other alternative.

Typically Bulldogs experience different health complications throughout their lifetime. Breathing issues are mostly common among many Bulldogs, occurring as a result of the shortness of the muzzle. This causes Bulldogs to snore. Some Bulldogs are at risk for developing interstitial cysts, which occurs in-between the toes.

This occurs in the middle of the toes. This makes the dog feel discomfort; however this infection is highly curable with the expert guidance of an experienced vet. Apart from that, the dog may experience a few other health complications like cherry eyes, allergies and hip-related complications.

If you would like to own a Bulldog, you must know one simple fact. Like humans, Bulldogs need a daily cleaning, so that they possibly avoid different types of infection that typically occurs as a result of moisturizer accumulation over the skin area. Take approval from your vet and allow a daily brushing to your dog.

They need to exercise on a regular basis or else they may experience several other health problems like lung and heart diseases as a result of overweight or obesity.

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