English Bulldog

English Bulldog

Bobcats, pirates, eagles, oh my! 

Most school mascots tend not to be of the “cuddling” sort. The rough and tough nature of a predatory figure is often enough to show dominance, superiority, and power. 

However, Georgetown’s English Bulldog mascot begs to differ. With a smushy face, warm eyes, and floppy ears, “Jack the Bulldog” is barely the textbook definition of “scary”. In his spare time, Jack enjoys skateboarding, eating his greens, and playing with his toys. How cute! 

Though he is uniquely adorable, Jack is not the only animal representative of his kind. In fact, English Bulldogs are used as mascots at almost fifty different U.S. universities. 

This English Bulldog has proven to be worthy of mascot status. However, this leaves us with one question: Is the English Bulldog also a good “house pet” candidate? 

Description

Before getting into all of the nitty-gritty details, it’s essential to take a look back at the history of these noble canines. English Bulldogs were originally used to lure bulls during the thirteenth century, thus resulting in the name “Bulldog”. However, once it was confirmed illegal to use dogs for fighting purposes, breeders began to breed bulldogs for domestic purposes. The breed originated in the British Isles, hence their “English” descriptor.

The English Bulldog’s short legs, plump body, and chubby face set it apart from other breeds. And while their coat can typically only be found in brown, white or black, their fur patterns may range from solid to spotted. 

English Bulldog Pros

Mid-Sized

Need a pet that will fit your small apartment? Then the English Bulldog is just for you! The average English Bulldog is about fifty pounds and a foot and a half tall. Their small, stocky shape makes them the perfect dog for smaller living spaces, such as apartments! 

Low Energy

Looking for someone to cuddle up with on a cold, rainy day? The English Bulldog just might be the perfect couch buddy. Unlike other dog breeds, English Bulldogs only require about thirty minutes of exercise per day. This makes the breed especially perfect for those with little mobility and access to backyard spaces.

Gentle

If you have kids in your life, then have no fear – the English Bulldog is here! Luckily, English Bulldog has strayed far away from its bull-baiting past. Nowadays, the breed is known for being welcoming, kind, and cuddly. The English Bulldog is the perfect example of a family-oriented breed. 

English Bulldog Cons

Health Complications

Almost all dogs stand to benefit from exercise and fresh air. However, for the English Bulldog, these two necessities are not always attainable. Due to the shape of their face and airways, English Bulldogs struggle with Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, resulting in difficulty breathing, trouble with exercise, and low tolerance to heat. English Bulldogs are especially susceptible to heatstroke, hip and knee problems, and bad eyesight. To own an English Bulldog, one must understand the breed’s specific needs. 

Short Life Span 

Due to the breed’s health troubles, the English Bulldog’s average life span ranges from eight to ten years. While the English Bulldog has proven to be luckier in this area than some other dog breeds, it still falls below the species’ average lifespan of ten to thirteen years. A limited time with one’s pooch is never preferable. 

Frequent Drooling

On a sillier note, get ready for slobber, slobber, and more slobber. While English Bulldogs are oh-so-totally-cute, they are also huge droolers. And, a fun fact about drool? It stains! Excessive drooling can result in some extra cleanup for English Bulldog owners. Luckily, a little bit of water and vinegar will do the trick. 

Snoring

“Ah, a nice silent night!” 

Now, that’s something English Bulldog owners might not be able to say. English Bulldogs are big snorers. So, if you’re a light slumberer and an English Bulldog owner, be prepared to be woken up by the sweet sounds of bulldog wheezing. However, if you’re a loud snoozer, the English Bulldog just might be your perfect match. 

Skin Troubles

While the English Bulldog’s skin folds are part of their lovable charm, they do come with one drawback: skin allergies. Skin folds commonly lead to irritation and itchiness, which can cause great discomfort for the breed. 

To reduce skin problems, owners should keep a close eye on the breed’s diet. In addition, special shampoos and dog wipes can prevent further irritation. 

Conclusion 

The English Bulldog is perfect for anyone who loves relaxation, chillin’ out, and good ole’ family time. The breed is sweet, loving, and incredibly gentle. Unfortunately, the English Bulldog does face many health complications, which can be quite painful. It’s important that, when owning an English Bulldog, one understands how to properly care for the breed’s health. 

So, is the English Bulldog a good house pet candidate? 

Absolutely!! 

(that is, as long as one has the resources to give them the care they deserve). 

Written By: Erica Day

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