The Differences Between English & British Bulldogs

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The bulldog is a medium-size, flat-faced dog breed with a short, stocky build. This breed is known for being friendly but stubborn. While people often assume all bulldogs are alike, this isn't true. There are many different types of bulldogs. Two of the most commonly named types are English and British bulldogs. However, there isn't any difference between British and English bulldogs. These are simply two names for the same type of dog.


Bulldogs have a life expectancy of 8-10 years.
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British bulldog vs. English bulldog

The bulldog breed was originally created in 13th century England. People used the dogs for a cruel sport known as bullbaiting, where a staked bull fought against a pack of dogs. Eventually, sports like this were banned, and bulldogs were bred as pets. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the late 1800s.


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Originally, bulldogs were bred to bait bulls.
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Bulldogs typically weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. They live for approximately eight to 10 years. Bulldogs are generally affectionate with their owners and have a personality that's mellow and easygoing but stubborn.


So, where do the different types of bulldogs come into play? The English bulldog and British bulldog are actually two names for the same dog. Breeders use these terms interchangeably to refer to bulldogs. However, if you hear someone mention an Old English bulldog, this type of bulldog is a different variation of the breed.


Types of bulldogs

A British bulldog is the same thing as an English bulldog, and there are several other types of bulldogs too, such as the Old English bulldog. British/English bulldogs have a flat face, which can lead to respiratory problems. The Old English bulldog is a variation of the breed that was specifically bred to combat some of those health issues. The Old English bulldog also looks more like the original bulldogs bred centuries ago. The traditional spelling of this dog that the United Kennel Club uses is Olde English Bulldogge.


Another well-loved type of bulldog is the French bulldog. This is essentially a smaller version of the traditional bulldog. Affectionately called "Frenchies," these dogs are wonderful with kids and families and also make excellent city pets.

American bulldogs are also popular. With the males weighing in at 75 to 100 pounds, this is the biggest kind of bulldog. American bulldogs are descended from British/English bulldogs. American bulldogs are an athletic breed that was bred for working on the farm.



Which type of bulldog is best?

If you're trying to decide which type of bulldog is right for you, think about your family and your lifestyle. A French bulldog will adapt well to living in a home with children or to living in a small city apartment. If you have an active lifestyle, an American bulldog might be a good fit.


The English bulldog and British bulldog are actually two names for the same dog.
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British/English bulldogs are good pets for people who want a sweet, sociable dog. This type of bulldog doesn't need much exercise. British/English bulldogs can be good watchdogs. However, keep in mind that they don't do well in the heat. Some dog owners also choose to adopt a mutt with bulldog in him. Bulldog mix breeds tend to retain the good qualities of the breed.



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