By: Katie Mack
Most people think that bulldogs are aggressive now days. But that is not true are actually calm and loving compared to how they used to be. Bulldogs use to be used in Bull Baiting and bear baiting. A part of the breed back then was violent. Bull baiting was started as early as 1500 or 1600. According to Lee Weston bulldogs were built for bull fighting; they had short legs to stay low and get under the bulls belly, their shoulder are on the outside of their body so the dog can grouch down, the bulldogs back legs are not as well formed as their front so they are able to be shaken badly and not have any spinal injuries. Their ribs are heavily padded so when the bull slams him to the ground he can take the blow without being too badly injured. The bulldog’s lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw so they can clamp down on the bulls nose or throat, even if the dog gets knocked out their vise like jaws stay latched on. Lastly the wrinkles on a bulldog help by letting the bull’s blood flow down its face instead of in its eyes (1). “In Lee Weston’s perspective the bulldog of the age of bull baiting and bear baiting was a tenacious animal, but it also possessed unlimited devotion to its master. It could be injured, bleeding, indeed dying, but if the master ordered the dog to attack once again, the bulldog would engage its opponent without hesitation” (Lee Weston 1). Although bulldogs are fighters when it comes to their masters they are very loyal. But now the combat skills of the bulldog are not there anymore, but if something or someone threatens its family, or master its old nature will make them attack without second thought.
Though the bulldogs were great fighters they also have many health problems. Some of the bulldog’s problems are cherry eye which is when the gland under the third eye lid protrudes and looks like a cherry in the corner of the eye. Dry eye is when the natural tear production slows or stops. There is also Entropian which has to do with the eyelashes getting into the dogs eyes and Ulceration of the Cornea which has to do with the eyes surface and makes the dog’s eyes look hazy. Things that could happen to their eyes are closed ears where an infection will eventually close the dog’s ear and ear mites. Some nose problems are inverted sneezing which is a fast forced breathing through the nose, pinched nostril is when the dogs nosed is closed, and dry nose when there is no moisture in the nose. Wrinkles can also be a problem is you don’t clean them which lead to sore wrinkles. There are a lot more but a rare one is OCD and Hip Dispacia where the hip is prone to arthritic a change which happens at a young age (Bulldog rescues and rehoming 1). “According to bulldog rescue and rehoming a true bulldog tail is a dream to look after, ideally he should have a nice straight spiked tail, moderate in length, that can be easily lifted away from the body - however, screw tails in bulldogs are not uncommon (many people assume the bulldog should have a screw tail which is not correct) and this and/or an inverted tail (where the tail is growing back into the body) can cause your bulldog a few problems” (1). Some people cut the tails of the bulldogs and if you don’t take care of the tail before it’s healed it could become a screw tail or an inverted tail.
Kind and Color
Some people think there are only three kinds of bulldogs, even though there are three main kinds of bulldogs there are more. Some of the other dogs are the Alapaha Blue Blood Dog, Aussie Bulldog, American bulldog one of the original three, Buldogue campeiro, Banter bulldog, Ca de bou, Catahoula bulldog, Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, English bulldog another of the original three, French bulldog and the last of the original three, Olde Boston Bulldogge, Olde English Bulldogge, Valley Bulldog, and the Victorian Bulldog. These are all the different kinds of bulldogs (1). “According to the pro pet guide the origin of these dog breeds are from Antiquity’s Molossian dogs and fighting dogs. Through selective breeding, the genepool of this dog breed is greatly modified” (1). The dogs originated from fighting dogs and were greatly modified. The main colors of the bulldogs are red, red and white, red brindle and white, red and white with black markings, red with black mask, fawn and white, white, brindle, and brindle and white.
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