Exercising your Bulldog
When seeing or thinking of a Bulldog, do you conjure up images of a greyhound? Hmmmmm…I didn’t think so. well, albeit their short legs, the Bulldog is not a fan of the gym, so to speak. They are a generally lazy breed that. Well…loves to laze about. So it is up to you to MAKE them go to the proverbial gym!! Since they are genetically prone to putting on weight, it is not a good idea to only feed them and to cuddle them, but to also play an active role in looking out for their health by exercising them.
A lack of exercise can have a detrimental effect on the lungs and heart of this breed. Since the concentration span of a Bulldog is not that long, it is best advised to make the exercise sessions short but full fulling as well. Make this a daily routine. It can be short running or longer walks around the block. It will do you both good; and it can be even a basis for mutual bonding, since he will see that you are keen to play and to take up an active role in spending quality time together. Once your beloved Bulldog, has expelled energy, he can become more focused on training sessions (which should also be short, mind you) as well as take up his favorite spot in the house…all tired out!
Lovely to see the developments of a Bulldog….
As any owner can tell you, when a series of photos are taken of a new puppy as it grows, one has this immensely proud feeling inside. Well a growing Bulldog is no exception either.
One can follow its tentative footsteps (or is that paw steps?) into adulthood. There is little that can compare to a Bulldog puppy that flourished in front of your eyes every week, every month until he or she has reached adulthood. Well, with Watson the English Bulldog, it is no exception either. A lovely series of photos showcase his development.
The Health of a Bulldog
The bulldog is known to have a few problems with health issues. Due to the shape of the lower jaw and the shortness of its muzzle, breathing issues can cause a Bulldog to snore. Other problems can include a cherry eye, which is a common eye condition in various dog breeds where the gland of the third eyelid becomes visible. This may also lead to certain allergies. Because Bulldogs have a of large head in proportion to their body size, puppies are frequently delivered by Caesarean section. They could and would get stuck in the birth canal during natural birth. However, it is not uncommon for a bulldog to give birth naturally and very successfully! Bulldogs require daily cleaning of their face because of the many folds that they have. This is important in order to avoid unwanted infections that can be caused by moisture accumulation.
Daily teeth brushing with a regular human soft toothbrush using a vet approved toothpaste is also a bonus. Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat and cold and they should be looked after during very warm periods. Owners should make sure a Bulldog is kept out of standing heat, given plenty of water and a place with shade. One should regularly exercise a Bulldog, since they are prone to gaining weight. Overfeeding and lack of exercise can have a negative effect on the heart and lungs of this breed. Although this breed can be considered high-maintenance, in the end it is worth it. Having a Bulldog is for those people who have the time, the energy and the love to give to this awesome breed. Take care of your Bulldog!
Quotes about the Bulldog
Two very cute quotes about Bulldogs:
“Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on.” - Colette
“The nose of the Bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.” - Winston Churchill
“Do you know why the English Bulldog has a jutting chin and sloping face? It is so he can breathe without letting go.” Sir Winston Churchill, to a Nazi envoy, 1940
“I ask the enemy, who wants a piece of this Bulldog?” Commander Jim Pate, Franco-Prussian War, 1871
“What is crazy, loopy and un-British? Slapping a Bulldog.” Frankie Boyle, comedian
A Warm Welcome!
I don’t know one person who would look at a Bulldog puppy and say:” That is an unusually creature!” Bulldog puppies are one of the cutest creatures and even as adults they not only possess a unique spirit but possess unique traits that make them much-loved around the World. I dedicate this Blog to all the Bulldogs, their owners, and anyone who is passionate about Bulldogs. Welcome. I value all feedback, so please leave a comment or two. Let’s get lost together in the magical world of the Bulldog.