English Bulldogs – The Irreverent Vet’s Opinion on the English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is the 10th most popular breed in the United States according to data of registered dog breeds provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The bulldog is commonly referred to as a tenacious and stubborn dog. This holds pretty true. Bulldogs can be very loyal dogs but definitely can be stubborn. Some (but not all) bulldogs can be difficult to train. Some dogs of this breed may be aggressive though breeders are working on reducing the aggressive trait.

They are very strong but relatively low energy and by some are considered "lazy". Although they are a "big" dog, they can be okay for apartment living due to their low energy levels. They generally prefer a nap over a "run".

Many English bulldogs have various skin problems including allergies. They require periodic baths to minimize their smell. Some dogs will also have respiratory problems and snore when they sleep and may "wheeze" when they breathe. They are also known to snort, drool, have "gas" – flatulence, and shed a substantial amount. The medical issues of many dogs can create substantial veterinary bills over the coarse of this dog's life.

Although this honest review of problems noted in my veterinary practice with this dog, they can be very loyal dogs and very loving to their owners. Owners of this dog generally are very devoted to their dogs as well.

For more information on this breed, please read the breed profile, go to – Choosing an English Bulldog.


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