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Bulldog |England|

Bulldog |England|

The modern Bulldog bears little physical resemblance to its bull-baiting ancestors and even less similarity in temperament. Following the banning of bull baiting in England in 1835, the breed all but disappeared until breeders started breeding dogs with equable, placid temperaments and exaggerated physical appearance. As such, the Bulldog has become one of the most charming and personable breeds in the modern dog world, still determined and independent, but amiable and even comical in character

History

The Bulldog takes its name from bull baiting, for which the dogs were specifically bred. The lower jaw that projects beyond the upper jaw allowed it to clamp onto the bull’s nose with an unshakeable grip. Bulldogs were noted for their tremendous bravery and ferocity, and for never giving up the fight, despite their inevitable injuries. The original dogs were longer in the legs than the modern breed, lighter in the body, and far more athletic, although they still had a low center of gravity, which aided them when baiting bulls. London dog dealer Bill George is partly responsible for remarketing the Bulldog in the nineteenth century. Having previously supplied dogs for fighting, after the sport was banned he began popularizing the breed as a pet. The Bulldog Club was established in 1875.

A high percentage of Bulldog puppies have to be delivered by Caesarean section due to the large size of their heads.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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