Thursday, April 24, 2008

Known Facts about Bulldog Standard

In recent decades, bulldogs are receiving much popularity as great show dogs. Due to their sweet-temperament and friendly attitude, they are truly adorable to many. Bulldogs are also referred to as English or British bulldogs, and as their name implies, they are the symbol of elegance and tenderness. In earlier times, bulldogs were mostly known as guard dogs. However, compared to the aggressive instinct of their ancestors, current breeds are much more mild-mannered and temperate. But under certain circumstances their fighting instinct becomes highly apparent.

In the year 1864 in England, the first bulldog standard was documented and the standard was adopted in 1875. In 1890, the Bulldog Club of America was formed. Six years later, in the year 1896, the club adopted a new standard for bulldogs. In 1914, the standard came under revision and the issue of Dudley nose became rejected. However, in 1976, this rejection statement was once again reviewed and redefined as 'brown colored nose'. In 1990, the standard was redesigned, however, keeping the words and terminologies intact.

As defined in specification, the standard bulldogs must be of medium-sized and their entire body will be covered by smooth coat. Originally from England, these dogs are known for their short muzzle over a short-faced head. Dynamism, persistence and energy are the essential three qualities of a bulldog. The standard size of the male adult and female adult are 50 pounds and 40 pounds respectively. When you look straight at the dog, you can see that the eyes are positioned in the lower part of the skull area, while keeping a wider distance from the ears.

Loved by their friendliness, obedience and companionship, bulldogs are known for their loyalty and occasional willfulness. They simply love being treated as family members and their attachment bond to the family is so high that they do not take even a close tour without accompanied by the family members. These dogs have sociable instinct and they can easily make friendship with children or dogs from other breeds. Typically they go well with other household animals as well. Occasionally, their level of intelligence comes under suspicion, but their true sense of obedience is simply unquestionable.

In general, bulldogs are highly vulnerable to different types of health issues throughout their lifespan. Breathing difficulty is much prevalent among many bulldogs, leaving them to snore like humans. This usually occurs as a result of shortness of muzzle. Interstitial cyst is another form of complication that may occur in some bulldogs. This is occurred the middle of the toes. This makes the dog feeling discomfort; however, this infection is highly curable with the expert guidance of experienced vet. Apart from that, the dog may experience few other health complications like cherry eyes, allergies and hip-related complications.

If you would like to own a bulldog, you must know one simple fact. Like human, bulldogs need a daily cleaning, so that they possibly stay away from different types of infection, which typically occurs as a result of moisturizer accumulation over the skin area. Take approval from you vet and allow a daily brushing to your dog. Bulldogs need to do exercise regularly, or else, they may suffer from overweight or obesity problems. An excessive weight, in turn, will attract some other health issues like lung and heart disorders.

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