The English Bulldog is an ideal family pet. They’re loyal and loving and do well with kids. They are very active until about the age of three at which point in time they begin to become lazier and laid back.
They’re a smart dog that loves to please their owner, however, they do have a few challenges in training as they are also very stubborn. With plenty of praise and attention, they are very trainable and will do well as long as they are put on a schedule for going outside to do their business.
Those wrinkles are cute and loveable but it’s important to remember to wipe them down periodically as they also are great at slobbering. That slobber, left unchecked, can lead to some infections and irritation on their tender skin so be sure to take a dry cloth and dry their wrinkles at least once per day.
If you’re not into vacuuming daily or dealing with a lot of pet hair, this isn’t’ the dog for you. The English Bulldog, in spite of looking like they don’t have a lot of hair, is a shedder and you’re going to find pet hair on everything, including yourself. You can help circumvent some of this with a good regular brushing and by proper coat maintenance.
These dogs have an even temperament and enjoy doing things that will please their owners. These dogs are very loyal and trustworthy. They will go the extra mile to ensure that their owners are pleased with them.
It’s important to note that the English Bulldog will be heavy chewers so it’s vital to keep plenty of chew toys on hand, even after the 3-year mark when they begin to slow down. Giving your pet plenty of his or her own chew toys should help to save your good shoes and other items that you don’t want your pet to chew on.
This breed tends to be very possessive of their food dishes and it’s best not to approach them while they are eating. They will not hesitate to protect their food dish or their dinner so teach them to wait until the food dish is set down and then teach everyone to stay away while the dog is eating. This will protect everyone.
As a puppy, they are very exuberant and will sometimes “bowl” the kids over. This isn’t meant to be abusive to people, but rather that they are so excited to see the kids and play with them that they fail to recognize their size and weight when they go running to greet the children after school. Teach children to be ready for it and keep the dog’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches.
If you have other pets, the English Bulldog tends to do very well with both cats and dogs. Introduce them slowly and allow everyone to get to know everyone else for best results. As a loyal family member, you won’t find much more loyalty. Your family will enjoy spending time with this dog.