The bulldog is one of the most iconic dog breeds. The bulldog is often used to symbolize the British nation. It is said to epitomise the nation’s spirit of strength and determination. Britain held out against the Nazis in WWII against the odds and refused to give up, even when things looked bleak.
While the Bulldog has a heritage of being fearsome and brave, it actually makes a loving and devoted companion. Their appearance may give the impression they are bad tempered, they are warm and love to play. They also have good temperaments around kids and make great family pets. They’re good around other family pets, but can be aggressive with dogs they’re unfamiliar with.
Although they are not huge fans of exercise, the bulldog still needs to be taken for regular walks to stay in good health. Only relatively short walks are necessary, though, making them suitable companions for people that cannot offer a lot of exercise. They make interesting companions and come with some interesting facts.
Bulldog Fact #10: Long Heritage
Bulldogs have been traced back to the 13th century. The breed was developed in England to help round up bulls for castration. Such an animal needed to be brave and tough, which is how the bulldog got its reputation as a fearless, spirited breed. In addition to rounding up bulls for castration, they were also used in bull-baiting, a cruel archaic sport.
In 1835 bull-baiting was made illegal on account of the cruelty to animals act. This meant there was no longer demand for the bulldog as a bull-baiter, but they didn’t become obsolete. Instead, they became companions and took to laying in front of the fire rather than taking on bulls. They have been excellent companions ever since, and beloved family members in millions of households around the world.