Bulldogs of all breeds are known for their adorable features, but what’s underneath all those wrinkles? The characteristics of a bulldog can be a big factor in considering if the breed is right for you and your family, and can make all the difference in your relationship with your dog.
Despite the slightly intimidating look that some bulldogs have (such as the English bulldog),they are actually very well tempered dogs. Bulldogs rank very highly in dog socialization skills, and are known to continually act like puppies, even in their elderly years. Bulldogs are easily well-behaved family dogs, and do very well around children. Most of the dogs in this breed are lovable attention-seeking dogs that need constant interaction with people, and they are especially good for families of four or more. However, bulldogs often become attached to one owner just as many other dogs do.
Bulldogs are infamous for being stubborn, but this is only because they are often improperly taught. Bulldogs respond best to positive enforcement rather than punishment. Constant rewards for good acts, and light punishment for wrongdoings will straighten out a bulldog much faster than negative treatment will. Bulldog training is not a fast process. Bulldogs take constant reinforcement to good treatment to form a habit, and generally take longer to train than other dogs. Thusly, it is best to begin dog obedience classes when it becomes a family member.
Bulldogs, no matter how adorable, have a large variety of possible health problems. Dog care is something that you have to be very willing to see as a regularity if you get a bulldog, because they can be very needy. Some of these problems include allergies, dermatitis, eye lid anomalies, hip dysplasia and heart problems. The most common issue with bulldogs however is their low tolerance to heat. Bulldogs can not be left outside in hot weather ever, and are almost permanently inside dogs. For many people, all this means is that a doggie door is necessary, but for others it means that they will be responsible for taking their dogs in and out of the house. This is very important to consider if you are thinking of adopting a bulldog.