General Appearance
Smooth-coated, fairly thick set, rather low in stature, broad, powerful and compact. Head, fairly large in proportion to size but no point so much in excess of others as to destroy the general symmetry, or make the dog appear deformed, or interfere with its powers of motion. Face relatively short, muzzle broad, blunt and inclined upwards although not excessively so. Dogs showing respiratory distress highly undesirable. Body fairly short, well knit, limbs stout, well muscled and in hard condition with no tendency towards obesity. Hindquarters high and strong. Bitches not so grand or well developed as dogs.

Conveys impression of determination, strength and activity.

Alert, bold, loyal, dependable, courageous, fierce in appearance, but possessed of affectionate nature.

Head and Skull
Skull relatively large in circumference. Viewed from front appears high from corner of lower jaw to apex of skull; also broad and square. Cheeks well rounded and extended sideways beyond eyes. Viewed from side, head appears very high and moderately short from back to point of nose. Forehead flat with skin on and about head slightly loose and finely wrinkled without excess, neither prominent nor overhanging face. From defined stop, a furrow extending to middle of skull being traceable to apex. Face from front of cheek bone to nose, relatively short, skin may be slightly wrinkled.

Muzzle short, broad, turned upwards and deep from corner of eye to corner of mouth. Nose and nostrils large, broad and black, under no circumstances liver colour, red or brown. Distance from inner corner of eye (or from centre of stop between eyes) to extreme tip of nose should not be less than distance from tip of the nose to edge of the underlip. Nostrils large wide and open, with well defined vertical straight line between. Flews (chops) thick, broad and deep, covering lower jaws at sides, but joining underlip in front. Teeth not visible. Jaws broad, strong and square, lower jaw slightly projecting in front of upper with moderate turn up. Over nose wrinkle, if present, whole or broken, must never adversely affect or obscure eyes or nose. Pinched nostrils and heavy over nose roll are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised. Viewed from front, the various properties of the face must be equally balanced on either side of an imaginary line down centre.

Seen from front, situated low down in skull, well away from ears. Eyes and stop in same straight line, at right angles to furrow. Wide apart, but outer corners within the outline of cheeks. Round, of moderate size, neither sunken nor prominent, in colour very dark almost black showing no white when looking directly forward. Free from obvious eye problems.

Set high âi.e. front edge of each ear (as viewed from front) joins outline of skull at top corner of such outline, so as to place them as wide apart, as high and as far from eyes as possible. Small and thin. ’Rose ear‘ correct, i.e. folding inwards back, upper or front inner edge curving outwards and backwards, showing part of inside of burr.

Jaws broad and square with six small front teeth between canines in an even row. Canines wide apart. Teeth large and strong, not seen when mouth closed. When viewed from front under jaw directly under upper jaw and parallel.

Moderate in length, thick, deep and strong. Well arched at back, with some loose, skin about throat, forming slight dewlap on each side.

Shoulders broad, sloping and deep, very powerful and muscular giving appearance of being ’tacked on‘ body. Brisket round and deep. Well let down between forelegs. Ribs not flat-sided, but well rounded. Forelegs very stout and strong, well developed, set wide apart, thick, muscular and straight, bones of legs large and straight, not bandy nor curved and short in proportion to hindlegs, but not so short as to make back appear long, or detract from dog’s activity. Elbows low and standing well away from ribs. Pasterns short, straight and strong.

Chest wide, prominent and deep. Back short, strong, broad at shoulders. Slight fall to back close behind shoulders (lowest part) whence spine should rise to loins (top higher than top of shoulder), curving again more suddenly to tail, forming slight arch a distinctive characteristic of breed. Body well ribbed up behind with belly tucked up and not pendulous.

Legs large and muscular, slightly longer in proportion than forelegs. Hocks slightly bent, well let down; legs long and muscular from loins to hock. Stifles turned very slightly outwards away from body.

Fore, straight and turning very slightly outward; of medium size and moderately round. Hind, round and compact. Toes compact and thick, well split up, making knuckles prominent and high.

Set on low, jutting out rather straight and then turning downwards. Round, smooth and devoid of fringe or coarse hair. Moderate in length rather short than long thick at root, tapering quickly to a fine point. Downward carriage (not having a decided upward curve at end) and never carried above back.

Lack of tail, inverted or extremely tight tails are undesirable.

Appearing to walk with short, quick steps on tips of toes, hind feet not lifted high, appearing to skim ground, running with one or other shoulder rather advanced. Soundness of movement of the utmost importance.

Fine texture, short, close and smooth (hard only from shortness and closeness, not wiry).

Whole or smut, (i.e. whole colour with black mask or muzzle). Only whole colours (which should be brilliant and pure of their sort)  brindles, reds with their various shades, fawns, fallows etc., white and pied (i.e. combination of white with any of the foregoing colours). Dudley, black and black with tan highly undesirable.

Dogs: 25 kgs (55 lbs); bitches: 23 kgs (50 lbs).

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Last Updated - November 2010

Before purchasing your Bulldog, you must think about the personality and characteristics of this breed to determine if this is the dog that you want to join your family. These questions below I have been asked quite frequently, I hope they will answer some of your questions!


What is the average life span of a Bulldog?

The average life span for a Bulldog is about  8 to 12 years.

Do Bulldogs snore?

Oh Boy and how!! :) That is due to their short breathing passage. They do snore and sometimes very loudly!

Are Bulldogs good with children?

I get this question very often, and what always comes to my mind is:
" Are children good with Bulldogs??".....

Bulldogs love children! They are very patient and tolerant with children, they are gentle and loving dogs.

As with any breed when the puppy is brought home, the children must be taught how to socialize with a puppy how to pick him up and hold him properly, just as they would be taught with a new baby brother or sister.   No child should ever be left unsupervised with ANY dog because children many times do not understand the proper way of handling a puppy. 
Like no other breed the placid and trustworthy Bulldog will tolerate poling and prodding by the children without becoming annoyed. 

The bulldog, needs to be taught how to treat his new young family members, just as the kids must be taught how to treat their bulldog.

They cannot ride on his back (yes I have seen horrified pictures on the web of children doing so- the dog is not a horse and his back is not strong enough to carry a child, this will end in back problems) , they cannot pick him up and drop him, pull his ears or otherwise handle him roughly.

Are they barkers?

This is very individual from dog to dog but in general no, they are not great barkers.

Are Bulldogs good with other animals?

Based on my experience I would say yes, but of course this is very individual to each Bulldog.
It can happen that their jealous nature can lead to fallings out between dogs within the same household and they can be possessive of toys and food.

Will a Bulldog make a good guard dog?

The Bulldog is not a guard dog! Bulldogs LOVE people
If this is what you are looking for, you may want to consider another breed, like the Doberman or Rottweiler.

Their tails are so short, are they cropped?

No. They are not cropped, they are born with short tails.

How about his grooming needs?

Although overall grooming is minimal for this breed, a Bulldog will need to have his coat brushed on a regular basis and have his toenails trimmed. Have  ears and eyes and his wrinkles cleaned on a daily basis.

What is a Brachycephalic breed?

A Bulldog is a Brachycephalic breed. This means they have flat faces, wide heads and pushed-in noses. As mentioned above they must have the folds of skin around their eyes and noses cleaned, often on a daily basis.    In addition, they are quite susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke and must not be allowed too much time outdoors in heat and humidity. Make sure to keep your Bulldog out of the heat and the extreme cold.   In the Summer time

DO NOT LEAVE your dog in a car unattended, EVER!

On a hot Summer day- avoid the heat of the day and take caution when exercising  your Bulldog and not let them overheat. If your Bulldog starts to overheat, hose them down with cool water, use wet towels and calm him down.

Some final words...

Your dog will be around for a while so make your choice wisely, you are responsible for your new member of the family.
Your new family member will need food, love  and veterinary care.   You should also have a fence in the garden to prevent your Bulldog from being hit by a car.  
Keep your Bulldog on a lead, they can very quickly change their minds and be off after something across the street and we don't even want to think of the consequences.
I hope that this has answered some of your questions....



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