Bulldogs have that classic tough-guy look—broad chest, muscular body, furrowed brow—but underneath lies a heart of gold. Bulldogs have an easygoing, dependable temperament that makes them suitable for families with children and other pets. It’s easy to see why they’re among the most popular dog breeds in Canada. With their distinctive pushed-in noses, wide set eyes and undershot jaw flanked by thick jowls, they’re pretty darn cute. Their short, smooth coats come in a variety of colours and patterns, and they’re easy to groom by brushing all over a couple times a week (don’t forget to wipe those face wrinkles).
Originally bred for bull baiting in 13th-century England, Bulldogs maintain a confident and courageous attitude without being aggressive—think people-oriented guard dog. Although they like to please their humans, they can be stubborn, so early training and socialization is essential for Bulldog puppies. One thing Bulldogs never outgrow is their love of chewing, so they’re always up for a good game of tug-of-war. They love a lively trot around the neighbourhood, and moderate exercise is key to keeping their stocky bodies in shape. One thing to watch with your Bulldog: They tend to overheat easily. Their short snouts can cause breathing problems (especially in hot, humid weather), so make sure to keep them out of the heat and direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
Daily kibble serving
Bulldogs are treat seekers and love food more than almost anything. But because they're stocky, not super active and prone to flatulence, Bulldogs need high-quality dog food that lists meat as the first ingredient. Some Bulldogs are allergic or sensitive to soy, and food with too much protein can put a strain on their systems. Ration portions throughout the day, because a free-fed Bulldog is likely to overeat. Adult Bulldogs can weigh up to 50 pounds, and require 2-4 cups of kibble a day depending on their weight and activity levels, split between two meals.