Route 66 English Bulldogs 

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History of the Bulldog
 


The English Bulldog is believed to have decended from Mastiffs, others believe that both Mastiffs & Bulldogs have a common ancester the Alaunt. The breed name Bulldog came from the fact that they were once used to gaurd, control & bait bulls. The English Bulldog was bred in the early thirteenth century for bull baiting & bear baiting. These dog sports were very popular in Britain in the 17th century. The way that they were built was for the sport of bullfighting, they had a short muzzle & a wide lower jaw which was needed for the English Bulldog to clamp themselve's to the bull's nose, their nose had to be upturned so that they could still breathe while clinging to the bull. A dog of great courage & agility was needed for the sport of bullbaiting. The English Bulldog as we know it now is nothing like the old fighting English Bulldog in regards to temperament. 

In the days of bullbaiting it was believed that if a bull were to be slaughtered, then it should be baited first for more tender & nutrious meat. Because of this belief if a buthcher sold the meat of a bull that had not been baited he would recieve a penalty and the meat was considered unsuitable for consumption. 

In 1802 a bill to bannish bull baiting was issued. Bull baiting continued until 1835 when the sport of dog fighting was outlawed in England and then English bulldogs were exported to America & Germany. The banning of dog fighting almost led to the extinction of the English Bulldog breed as they were no longer in demand. However, there were dedicated lovers of the Bulldog breed that felt very let down at the loss of so fine a breed, so they got together to preserve the breed & its good qualities. Scientific breeding brought good results, so within a few generations the English Bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens. Now the English Bulldog was regarded as a dog of which anyone could show with pride. 

The English Bulldog breed was first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1934 in the non-sporting group and today is a popular show dog throughout the world. 

Breed Standard
 A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the appearance & temperment of a breed. 

​A Bulldog is the common name for a breed of dog also referred to as the English Bulldog. Other Bulldog breeds include the American Bulldog and the French Bulldog. The Bulldog is a muscular heavy dog with a wrinkled face and a distinctive pushed-in nose. The American Kennel Club (AKC), The Kennel Club (UK) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) oversee breeding standards.

Temperment


English Bulldogs are very sweet & docile in personality. They make great family pets & do great in homes with children & other pets due to thier friendly & patient nature as well as they love children. They are a gentle dog & not pumped up with hyperactive energy. Most Englsih Bulldogs are very playful as puppies, but as they grow into adulthood they become more calm & relaxed. Being that they are a pretty lazy dog & don't require alot of exercise they do great in small homes & apartments. 
Bulldogs are extremely loyal to thier family & extremely affectionate towards thier owners & espiecally little children. They want as much attention from the family as they can get, and if they are not getting the attention that they desire they can become very  mischievious. 

Appearance

The Bulldog is a breed with characteristically wide shoulders and a matching head. There are generally thick folds of skin on a Bulldog's brow, followed by round, black, wide-set eyes, a short muzzle with characteristic folds called "rope" above the nose, with hanging skin under the neck, drooping lips, and pointed teeth. The coat is short, flat and sleek, with colors of red, fawn, white, brindle (mixed colors, often in waves or irregular stripes), and piebald.
In the US, the size of a typical mature male is about 55-60 pounds and that for mature females is about 45 pounds for a Standard English Bulldog. In the United Kingdom, the breed standard is 55 pounds for a male and 50 pounds for a female.
While some canine breeds have their tails cut or docked soon after birth, Bulldogs are one of very few breeds whose tail is naturally short and curled.

Bulldog Companionship
The English Bulldog is a very devoted and loyal breed of dog that craves human attention, guidance and companionship. Companionship is a key word in describing an English Bulldog they love & crave human companionship. Thier devotedness & loyalness extend to the whole family and they are very affectionate & protective towards little children.

Important Information On Bulldogs
&
The Summer Heat 


English Bulldogs are sensitive to hot weather as well as all short snouted breeds of dogs & they are are suseptable to heat stroke in the summer. Here are some tips to protect your English Bulldog during the summer months:
Never leave your English Bulldog alone outside in the heat for very long periods at a time. Take your English Bulldog out long enough to go potty & then right back in the airconditioned house. If you have to leave the house then you need to have your English Bulldog inside with airconditioning before you leave.
If you do go outside with your English Bulldog be sure to have fresh cold water down for your English Bulldog & some shade where your English Bulldog can get relief from the sun's direct heat. Be sure to keep a very close eye on your English Bulldog. If your English Bulldog is panting that's ok as panting is how your English Bulldog lose's body heat, if it sounds like an asthma attack then immediately stand him in cold water. English Bulldogs only sweat through the pads of their feet & standing your English Bulldog in cold water has the same effect as putting a cold flannel on your head when you are hot. If your English Bulldog is not cooling down very quickly then pour cold water over his head & around his neck. Keep your English Bulldog in the cold water until his breathing has calmed down, then remove him, but do not dry him off. 
It's a very good idea to put out a kiddy swimming pool with just enough water for your English Bulldog to splash around in or just wade or sit in whichever your English Bulldog prefers. This will give them a great deal of relief from the heat as well as fun & if you have children they will most likely get a kick out of watching thier English Bulldog splash around in the pool, as English Bulldogs can get pretty comical. 
Make sure to keep Real Lemon juice in your refridgerater to use when your English Bulldog is overheated. Squirt the lemon juice into the back of your English Bulldogs throat to break up the phlegm in your English Bulldogs throat, your English Bulldog won't like it, but it's for his own good.
 Never leave your English Bulldog alone in a automobile for any amount of time at anytime of the year, if the sun shines in the windows it could cause the temperture to get very warm in thier. 
If taking your English Bulldog for a walk during the summer months, walk your English Bulldog during the coolest times of the day, before 10 AM & after 7 PM.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion in your English Bulldog they are:
         a) Excessive panting that sounds like an asthma attack
         b) The skin inside the ears becomes flushed & red
When heat exhaustion has progressed into heat stroke the signs are:
         a) Weakness
         b) Staggering
         c) Fainting-loss of consciousness which is an emergency situation. If your English Bulldog      
             shows signs of a heat stroke, you must cool your English Bulldog down as rapidly as possible 
             & call your veterinarian immediately!

Socializing Your English Bulldog Puppy


Socialization is very important for English Bulldog puppies. We begin the process of socializing the English Bulldog puppies & when the English Bulldog puppies leave to thier new forever homes it's important that thier new owners continue socializing them. Exposing your English Bulldog puppy to new people, places & other dogs will help your English Bulldog puppy to become a well-balanced English Bulldog. English Bulldogs with a lack of socialization can become fearful or aggressive because they are not familiar that sort of interaction. 
Socializing an English Bulldog puppy is very easy, just bring your English Bulldog puppy with you when you go places & show your English Bulldog puppy off. If certain places cause any fearful reaction in your English Bulldog puppy then you should take your English Bulldog puppy to these places more often to be introduced into those situations. A puppy daycare or puppy kindergarden class is a good environment for your English Bulldog puppy.