Bulldogs are sweet, loyal companion dogs that make it impossible not to fall in love with them. (Just ask Chrissy Teigen.) If you’re in the market for one of these endearingly thick sweethearts, read on for all the info you need to know before adding one to your family.
Types of Bulldogs
Bulldogs are members of the bull breed family. Full disclosure, we talk about English Bulldogs here. French bulldogs are a different story. Frenchies are pointy-eared, tiny versions of their English relatives, originally bred in the 1800s by mating said relatives with (the now-extinct) toy bulldogs. American bulldogs and boxers fall into this bull breed category, too, but are also very different animals.
English bulldogs are non-sporting canines. According to the Bulldog Club of America, the bulldog’s history is, well, cringe-worthy. They were originally bred for bull-baiting, a horrible practice in medieval Europe that involved forcing the dogs to taunt and bite bulls. No, thank you! After someone smart was like, “Let’s outlaw this!” in 1835, a group of kind-hearted dog lovers got together to save bulldogs from succumbing to the vicious behaviors humans had designed them to display. Today, bulldogs have been bred to be kinder, gentler and generally more playful pups—yet physically they still resemble their rough ancestors and, occasionally, some of their ancient nasty behavior seeps out.