Bulldogs are excellent as pets and have a great reputation for their gentleness and trustworthiness. With their even temperaments, they make the ideal dog for families that have small children. These animals are well-liked for an even temperament that makes it seem as if they have a sixth sense.
In spite of the fact that many children will give pets a lot of child-inflicted abuse, these animals are very protective and love their families. As puppies, these dogs will put up with a lot of attention and abuse from children and they’re very tolerant, especially when they grow up with the kids.
Since they’re so active, they make the ideal pet for young children who are active and busy. They may, on occasion, misjudge space due to their heavy body size and unsteady legs, and run into someone including a young child. However, they realize that they are bigger and somehow they tend to avoid this behavior.
When it does happen accidentally, they tend to slobber and apologize profusely to the child by licking and slobbering all over them. Beware, however, that they may enjoy sharing your child’s toys, snacks, and other items with them and children may not mind the slobber as much as the adults do.
Bulldogs mature slowly and remain quite active until at least the age of three. This is ideal for the child that needs a friend to keep up with them and it works well if you’re walking the toddler to wear them out to take the dog along to wear him or her out as well.
Once they’re mature, they’re known to be more laid back and prefer to lay around and watch the kids play. Although they’ll still go along for the walk, they’re going to be much more relaxed and not nearly as interested in getting everywhere in a hurry. They’re loyal companions and will enjoy laying around watching the family more than participating.
However, they never outgrow their desire to chew and they will always be the most slobbery baby in the household regardless of their age. As family pets, they are an ideal dog and will be loyal all their days.
The English Bulldog does shed and you’ll need to understand that their hair is going to stick to everything, including your child. To manage their hair you’ll want to keep this in mind and keep them brushed down. If you’re not the type that can put up with all that hair, this may not be the family dog for you.
It’s also important to note that the bulldog is very possessive of his or her food and their food dish. It’s important that children understand this and that children respect it and be taught to stay away from them while they’re eating and to not pick up their food dish as the dog may take it that they are attempting to steal their food.
Other than the food dish issue and the heavy shedding the bulldog is an ideal family pet that will be loyal all his or her days and enjoy giving and receiving plenty of attention.