Five Things You Didn't Know About Bulldogs
Interesting Breed is also One of the Most Popular
The bulldog is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff breed, which was bred to guard, control and trap bulls in the Middle Ages. That's why they are named "bulldogs". Ironically, pit bulls are now known to have a gentle and patient nature that makes them ideal family pets, especially with children and other pets.
Here are five things you may not know about bulldogs.
A Variety of Bulldogs
Not only does the bulldog have 10 color variations with six different markings, there are a whopping 14 different bulldog breeds, such as French bulldogs, English bulldogs, Dutch bulldogs, American bulldogs and so on. Although, they do share similar characteristics and health conditions.
Due to the size of its oversized head, bulldogs are usually born via Caesarean section. A natural delivery may often threaten the lives of unborn pups. If you own a bulldog and want to deliver a litter at home, make sure you discuss with your veterinarian and understand the risks.
Also due to the bulldog’s large skull, the breed is in danger of drowning while swimming. This doesn’t mean that bulldogs can’t swim, but that owners should make sure their dogs are experienced swimmers and perhaps suit them up with a doggy life vest to prevent accidental drowning.
Proud to Represent
The bulldog breed has been used as a mascot more than any other dog breed.
Not only does the breed represent the United Kingdom, it is also the official mascot of the United States Marine Corps and 39 universities in the U.S., including Georgetown, Yale, Georgia, Mississippi State and The Citadel.
Oh Boy is the only bulldog to have been given First Dog status. Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the U.S. who was in office from 1921-1923, brought Oh Boy, an English bulldog, with him to White House. Unfortunately, Oh Boy died early on in Harding’s term.
Common Health Concerns for Bulldogs
The most common health conditions for the bulldog breed, based on Nationwide pet insurance policyholder claims in 2015, in order of pervasiveness:
- Skin allergies
- Ear infections
- Pyoderma and/or hot spots
- Cruciate ligament tears
It’s important to note bulldogs have also the unfortunate distinction of suffering the most airline deaths due to their respiratory issues. Take precaution if flying with pets and avoid traveling during the warmer seasons and hottest times of day.