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Few facts to know about the Bulldog Standard

Bulldogs, one of the most popular show dogs of recent time, are loved by many people for their sweet-temperament and friendly behavior. They are also known as British or English Bulldogs. Owing to their names, they reflect a true elegance and tenderness in their dealing with other animals including human. However, in earlier days, Bulldogs were mostly known as guard dogs. They were much known for their aggression and fighting instinct. Although uncommon now, but Bulldogs of today can even show their fighting instinct depending on the situations encountered.

In 1864, the first standard for Bulldogs was drafted in England. It was adopted in the year 1875. The Bulldog Club of America was formed in the year 1890, following which the club drafted a new standard in the year 1896. The standard was revised in the year 1914, while rejecting issues like the Dudley nose. But in the year 1976, once again the standard was reevaluated and the Dudley nose was redefined as brown colored nose. Once again in the year 1990, the standard was restated, however, not changing any words or terminologies from the statements.

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. Although this condition is curable with the help of experienced veterinarian, the dog experiences an extensive level of discomfort. Other common health problems are allergies, cherry eyes and hip-related problems.

A daily cleaning is mandatory for Bulldogs in order to keep them away from different infections caused as a result of moisturizer accumulation. By consulting with vet, a regular teeth brushing is also necessary. Like any other breeds, Bulldogs need to undergo through exercise schedules. Otherwise, they are at high risk for developing excessive weight, which may in turn lead to certain other complicated health problems, such as lung and heart disorders. Cleaning of their tail is also needed.

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