Bulldogs in Cartoons

Bulldogs you see them everywhere…in advertising, in movies and series…and in cartoons. The best known Bulldog Cartoon is probably Spike & Tyke. Spike (occasionally refferred to as Butch) and Tyke are characters from the Tom & Jerry cartoons created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Spike is a big Bulldog who hates cats but is a softie when it comes to mice. Spike had a few weaknesses that Tom tries to capitalize on; his possessiveness about his bone and his ticklishness. Tyke is Spike’s son and known as a sweet and loveable puppy.

Here’s a collection of Bulldogs in Cartoons.

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The Character of the English Bulldog


General characteristics 
The Bulldogs are not just remarkable dogs in appearance; they may have an even more striking character. The bulldogs’ character can be described as friendly, social, calm, balanced, compassionate, stubborn, proud and persevering. I personally believe that their friendly and peaceful nature largely determine their character. It doesn’t matter what you call it, but Bulldogs have a unique way of life where the motto is; relax, chill and a ‘no worries mentality “.

The Peaceful Bulldog 
It is due to their character what makes the bulldog so unique. You could almost say that Bulldogs have a soothing and calming effect on their owners. A nice detail is that many of those owners have a fast or hectic life and find peace and relaxation with their bulldogs. For example, the high-speed motor racer Valentino Rossi is a big bulldog fan and owner. A perfect example of two extremes matching perfectly together. For more information about famous bulldog owners I refer you to the topic: Famous Bulldogs. Another example showing the relaxed attitude of a bulldog is that a bulldog is a rare barker. A bulldog will rarely use his voice to clarify disputes.

The energy of a Bulldog 

A statement often heard is that bulldogs are lazy dogs.  Their characteristics like their calm and relaxed nature is often mistaken for laziness or a lack of energy.
These are false accusations; bulldogs just use their energy very thoughtful.
If bulldogs feel like it the will go for the full 100% and they are one big ball of energy.
The bulldog is certainly not a lazy dog. A bulldog has to see the purpose of his energy use and does not see much reason to hurry itself.

With the false idea of a lazy bulldog a lot of owners take an English Bulldog for the wrong reasons. They think the bulldog doesn’t need/and doesn’t like to walk. This is just an excuse for lazy dog owners. When the bulldog only walks a few minutes a day outside, not getting enough exercise and getting overweight it causes the dog both physically and mentally an unhealthy situation.

The intelligence of a Bulldog
Due to the earlier mentioned characteristics, bulldogs are often underestimated in terms of intelligence. Bulldogs need to see the purpose of an action. They will follow all commands but in bulldog rate (so it might take a little longer). This does not mean that bulldogs are unintelligent dogs. There are several Bulldogs that made it to the highest level in obedience training and also have achieved them in agility competitions.

The Bulldog and routine 
Bulldogs are dogs who are very committed to routine and structure in their daily life. Bulldogs often get upset when they deviate from their daily routine. For example, my mother’s bulldog Teun walked the same route through the park every day, when my mother needed to post a letter and had to deviate from the usual route, Teun wouldn’t move and would look in the direction he would normally take. Most Bulldogs are not that fond of change. This may be with the smallest things like moving furniture in the house. This is why it is very important in the upbringing of bulldogs to let them get used to changes.  Let your bulldog gain as much experience as possible in an early stage by letting them get used to public transport, sleeping in different places, walking various routes and so on. This way you can ensure that bulldogs can easily adept in different situations. For more training tips check out the training section.

Bulldog Buddy


I got a Bulldog he is big and fat
I got a Bulldog his name is jack
He is pure white with a big black nose
He will chew everything even the garden hose
I love my Bulldog he is my buddy
He is outside dirty and muddy

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To Be a Bulldog

Oh to be a Dog… Man’s best friend,
He won’t abandon his owner,
even until the end!
It would solve all problems… what to eat for lunch,
not enough sleep and working a bunch.
Instead… my domain would be the house.
I would hang out and wait to be fed,
Wherever I could find some sunshine
is where I’d make my bed.
No more worries about appeasing my friends,
No more worries about making a mends,
No more worries about money and bills,
Licking myself would provide all the thrills!
So this is my wish, should I die & comeback.
It’s not to be a Shepherd or Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Instead an English Bulldog, all happy and fat,
Spending my days trying to catch the cat.

Author: John C. Thomas

Bulldog Poem: Bulldog in Bed


The bulldog slumbers at the foot of my bed
Grunting and snoring confounding my head
Paint on the walls appears to be peeling
The overhead light dangles loose from the ceiling
Slime covered pillows from slobbering jowls
Silk pillowcases replaced by old towels
The cracks in the walls get progressively deeper
Timeless reminders of a resounding loud sleeper
Kicking and thrashing while chasing a rabbit
Her dream escapades are a nightly bad habit
Blankets have now stopped covering my feet
My bedroom no longer a welcome retreat
The flatulent hisses are quiet and deadly
Alternated with snores they produce a nice medley
Rubbing my eyes I glance at the time
Since I can’t sleep I came up with this rhyme

Author: Karol Lisa Hassani
Photo: Zak Jacobson

Famous Bulldogs

A number of English Bulldogs 
have received worldwide publicity, and became real stars!

I will include the following V.I.B.’s
Very Important Bulldogs
in this blog:

• Celebrity Bulldog owners
• Bulldogs known for their skateboarding talents
• Bulldogs known for their performances on TV or in Movies

• Bulldogs known through a heroic deed
• Bulldogs known as the mascot of a sports club or business

Celebrity Bulldog owners

The English Bulldog is also a beloved pet
among the stars and celebrities.
Many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog as their pet.
Opposites attracts.

The bulldog seems to have
a calming and relaxing effect on their owners …
… or are the celebs the ones really being owned here?
Some of these celebrities
put their Bulldog in the spotlight
in such a way that
the bulldog itself is now a global star.

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A list of famous people owned by Bulldogs 😉


Ashlee Simpson

Chris Brown and his Bulldog Diamond

Gloria Estefan

Jason Aldean
Joe Jonas and his Bulldog Winstonjoe-jonas-winston-blue-bulldog

John Legend
John Legend knows that being a celeb
does not exclude you from the crazy things
you will do for your Bully. He even hosted
a wedding party for his two Bulldogs
I ♥ how the groom is
almost bursting out of his wedding suit 😀

Limp Bizkit

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit (Rockband)
has a bulldog named Bizkit.
Fred takes Bizkit everywhere he goes
and also comes along with the band on tour.

Louise Redknapp

Michael Jackson and his Bulldog Large in 1985

Ozzy Osbourne

Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz, singer, has a bulldog
who featured in the music video
The Take Over, The Breaks Over
and was also a ring bearer at their wedding


Pink (Singer)had a bulldog named Elvis,
that she got from Lisa Marie Presley,
daughter of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley.

Tragically Elvis drowned in the pool.
Although Elvis was a good swimmer at one point he got in trouble.
Pink and her ex husband Carey Hart
have tried to resuscitate but to with no success.
Pink has a tattoo of Elvis on her arm.

Roger Whittaker

Sugar Ray


Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler (Actor) has three Bulldogs:
Matzoball, Meat Ball and Babu.
Meatball was his first Bulldog and was present
at his wedding as ring bearer in full costume.

Furthermore, Meat Ball also appeared
in the comedy movie Little Nicky.

Check out this video of Meatball having fun at the Beach.
Wait for the slip and roll! 😀

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and his Bulldog, Jacques.
Pitt says, “I’m a firm believer
Bulldog owners are kindred spirits.
Mostly because we can and will have
very serious conversations about
snorts, farts, shit consistency, crusty eyes,
crusty noses, puke, and various forms of gas
with other Bulldog owners.”

Danny Trejo

He might look tough on screen
but in real life Danny Trejo is a real softie
when it comes to animals and especially dogs

Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal,
Danny is all heart when it comes to caring for his animals,
promoting the vital importance of spay/neuter
and encouraging fans to adopt their pets from local shelters.

I do see a resemblance …

Dennis Quaid and his Bulldog Peaches

Drea de Matteo




Jeremy Piven and his Bulldog Blue
Jessica Biel

Johnny Vaughan

Kelly Packard

Lindsay Lohan

Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon, had a bulldog named Frank Sinatra
and is now owned by a little puppy named Lou

Regina Hall

Sanaa Lathan

Shemar Moore
Actor from Criminal Minds, owns two English Bulldogs,
one named Shug and the other named Moe.

Tara Reid
tara reid bulldog

The Rock

Will Smith
Will Smith his Daughter Willow Smith
with their Bulldog Rockefeller



David Beckham

Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer, 
most decorated Olympian of all time 
and his Bulldog Herman

Valentino Rossi 

As said many people with a fast and hectic life
choose an English Bulldog.
Valentino Rossi is an excellent example.
Valentino Rossi is an Italian motorcycle racer with several world titles and Grand Prix victories to his name,
making it one of the most successful motorcycle racers ever.
This is what he said in an interview about
his love for the English Bulldog.

Quote V. Rossie:
‘They say that dogs are the best friends of man.
Well, that’s right. I have two English bulldogs.
A boy and a girl, she called Cesare and Cecilia.
I have a special relationship with them,
sometimes I even talk to them.
When I see them, they always make me very happy.
Even in difficult times they have a very calming effect on me.’

In 2000 I suddenly thought: f*ck,
I need to have a dog.
By that time I did not have a dog for over almost ten years.
I’ve long looked for what kind of dog I would take.
There was one that made my friends house into a mess
and others were too large.
Eventually it became an English bulldog.

I drove to Reggio Emilia a famous breeder of these dogs
and I bought a boy, that I named Guido.
I had a special and intimate relationship with him.
For the love I pasted a sticker on my bike from him,
so he always was with me during the race.
I had Guido for over eight years,
unfortunately he didn’t live long due to heart failure.
Guido died last year, just before the race in Malaysia.

I had a very hard time, but luckily I was home when he died.
It would have been much heavier if I was not there,
so I could make him  one last salute.
I then went to Malaysia, where I raced home
and drove directly to Reggio Emilia.
I called the breeder and said I was coming.
I looked and found a boy and named him Cesare.
I also saw that he had a sister from the same litter.
I thought, f*ck, this time I just take two.

I’m glad I did because two dogs are better than one.
They both love to have a friend to play with.


Carol Gardner from Zelda Wisdom
Baggy Bulldogs

Paris Hilton (famous rich girl)

Truman Capote (writer)

Warren Harding (29th president of the USA)

White House kennel master Wilson Jackson
introduces Laddie Boy to Oh Boy, an English bulldog.
Oh Boy was given as a gift to Florence Harding
after she moved into the White House.

A lot of people think Winston Churchill (British Politician)
owned Bulldogs, in fact Sir Churchill owned Poodles.
Churchill got his nickname the Bulldog
for being very persistant and never giving up.

churchill bulldog

Skateboarding Bulldogs 

The English Bulldog is not known for its sportsmanship
but there is one sport in which they excel, skateboarding!

Across the world there are skateboarding Bulldogs
and some even became global celebrities by skating.
Some of the most famous skateboarding Bulldogs are
Tyson, Otto and Tillman.
These Bulldogs have a glorious sporting career behind them
and  are still skating.

The bulldog has a sort of natural aptitude for skateboarding,
they will not only stand on it and skate off
but also do turns and tricks
by moving their weight on the board,
just like human skaters do.

Otto the Bulldog living in Lima, Peru,
is recordholder in the guiness book of records
by setting the record for the longest human tunnel
traveled through by a dog skateboarder

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The Bulldogs in movies and on TV 

Jake and the Fatman (and Bulldog Max)
Jake and the Fatman is an American detective series
with William Conrad and Joe Penny.
The series ran from 1987 to 1992.

William Conrad played Jason Lochinvar “Fatman” McCabe,
a prosecutor. He is usually accompanied by his English bulldog Max.
He works with the younger detective Jake Styles (played by Joe Penny)
and assistant officer Derek Mitchell (Alan Campbell).

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Little Nicky

Little Nicky is a silly comedy.
Satan (Harvey Keitel) decides that his youngest son,
Nicky (Adam Sandler), should be ruler of the underworld.
His other two sons are blazing over there!

The two devils go to New York and then all hell breaks loose!
Nicky is the only one who can stop his brothers.
With the help of a talking bulldog he tries fervently to master
all the strange human habits, like eating, drinking and sleeping.
The faith of humanity lies in the hands
of a devil who behaves like an angel!

Shamsky rom Everybody Loves Raymond

From the Movie Leatherheads

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Bulldog Heroes

Napoleon the Bulldog

English Bulldogs are not known as good swimmers.
Because of their heavy build and short legs
they have to work extra hard to keep
their heads above the water.
Especially since Bulldogs are known as poor swimmers
that is what makes the following extra special:

A bulldog owner from Michigan USA
was walking his dog when his bulldog, Napoleon,
suddenly yank hard and started to run to a nearby lake.

The owner of Napoleon hurried after him
and he saw Napoleon coming back
from the water with something in his mouth.

In his mouth he seemed to have a kind of cloth bag.
Napoleon dragged the bag out of the water and  brought it to his boss.
His owner suddenly heard  soft meows coming from the bag.
It appeared that there were six kittens in the bag,
two of them unfortunately did not survive
but because of the heroic intervention of Napoleon
four kittens were rescued and they all found good homes.

Napoleon got several prizes for his heroic deed.

A video of Napoleon: Napoleon the Doghero -> Video 

Alfie the Bulldog

Martin Bolton with Bulldogs Mille (left) and Alfie

Businessman Martin Bolton, 33,
was out for his nightly walk near his home in Essex,
when a man holding a craft knife
tried to grab one of his pedigree bulldogs.

Mr Bolton was slashed a dozen times
on the arm and leg as he fought off the robber
and believes he would have been killed
if his three-year-old dog Alfie
had not sunk his teeth into the man’s leg.

“It was horrendous,” Mr Bolton said.
He slashed at me and my older dog Alfie
just went mad and grabbed his leg
and the robber fell to the floor.

“Alfie is the quiet one,
he doesn’t bark and is so placid and gentle.
He has never done anything like that before,
he saved me, I dread to think what would have happened
if Alfie hadn’t bit him. I think it was just instinct,
he was protecting his owner.”

The robber fled in a scruffy white Transit van
with an accomplice and Mr Bolton crouched into a ditch
with his dogs until the police arrived.

He was treated in hospital for a broken finger,
a dozen cuts and slashes to his arms and his leg.

Mr Bolton, who runs a family engineering company
and has three young children, added:
“It all happened so quickly, I didn’t realise
I had been cut until I saw the blood on my hands.
My trousers were slashed to piece and my white jumper
was covered in blood.
I was worried the dogs had been cut.”

He believes the robbers may have been
laying in wait for his nightly walk
so they could snatch his £4,000 pedigree dogs,
Alfie, and 18-month-old Millie.

Alfie was awarded for his bravery
with a t-bone steak.

The dog may hold the key to catching the robber
Police have taken a sample of what they believe
to be the assailant’s blood from his mouth.

Mr Bolton, who was given two police commendations
for helping detain a man who was attacking a female police officer,
said: “We moved away from London to get away from things like this,
to keep the children away from knife crime and stabbing.
I cannot believe something like this has happened here.”

Roxanne the Bulldog

An English Bulldog named Roxanne
saved her family from a blazing fire.
The fire was believed to have started in an office
on the first floor of the family home.

Roxanne began barking around 1:30am as the fire began.
Kevin Herlihy, the 24-year-old son of Susan and Michael,
had been in bed with Roxanne when the whole thing started.

Kevin, Susan and Michael Herlihy are all alive and well today,
thanks to some quick thinking by Roxanne their English bulldog.
As a fire broke out in their home while they slept,
Roxanne was awakened by it
and managed to bark her warning out,
waking everyone up and managing to get everyone,
including herself out safely.

When Kevin awoke to Roxanne barking her little head off,
he noticed the blaze was really beginning to pick up speed.
He knew time was short, and thanks to Roxanne,
was able to get everyone out safely.
No one was injured in the fire.

The blaze grew so big, it took almost 50 firefighters
and seven fire trucks to get things under control.
Way to go Roxanne!

The Bulldog mascots

The Bulldog is known to most people,
usually they remember the funny and striking appearance.
The Bulldog as a breed is a symbol of strength and perseverance.
This is one of the reasons why the bulldog became
a mascot or symbol of one of many brands, sports teams, etc.

Below some of these famous Bulldog mascots and logos.

Blue II & III, the mascot of Butler University

Bully the mascot of Mississippi State University

Handsome Dan from the Yale University

Some more info on all the Handsome Dan’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsome_Dan

Jack the Bulldog mascot of the Georgetown University

Uga the Bulldog, the mascot of the Univeristy of Georgia
Uga is one of the world’s most famous Bulldog mascots.
He has starred on the cover of the Sports Illustrated
and has played a supporting role
in the movie Midnight in the Garden with Clint Eastwood.
He made himself extra popular with the fans
when he stood at the sideline and ran on the field
to tackle a member of the opposing team.

Tupper the official mascot to Bryant University in Smithfield

You can find Tupper on Twitter: @BryantTuppy

The English Bulldog is the mascot and logo of the U.S. Marine Corps

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Since 1922, the United States Marine Corps
has used Bulldogs as its official mascots.

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
introduced the first Marine mascot, named “Pvt Jiggs,”
who lived at Marine Barracks, Quantico.
He quickly rose in the ranks to Sergeant Major.
He was the first in a series of Bulldog mascots.

The current mascot is the 16th, in a series of mascots
and is named “Chesty” in honor of famed
Marine Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Jr.
This Bully lives at the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.,
where he appears in weekly parades.

But there are stories even before 1922
stating the Marine was using the Bulldog as it’s mascot
dating back somewhere in the start of the 1st world war.
Where Americans were fighting the Germans
and where the marines with grea fighting spirits
were soon described as Bulldogs.

The first unofficial mascot was King Bulwark.
He was an English Bulldog pup sired by Rob Roy,
another well known and famous English Bulldog.

King Bulwarks, born May 22, 1922, changed his name
and the pup’s royal registered name was quickly changed to Jiggs.
Private Jiggs was enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
at a formal ceremony on October 14, 1922
by Brigadier General Smedley Butler.

Jiggs quickly rose through the ranks.
His promotion to corporal
came less than three weeks after his enlistment.
On New Year’s Day 1924, he was given the rank of Sergeant,
and promoted to Sergeant Major in July 1924.

Jiggs was kind of a rebel.
He was court-martialed several times
for lack of proper manners, but he was always forgiven
and his rank reinstated.
The pampered pooch lived his life in the limelight,
even starring with Lon Chaney in the 1926 movie, “Tell It To the Marines.”

In 1927 Jiggs passed away and many Bulldog mascots
would follow in his pawprints.
Jiggs was burried with full military honors
and was mourned thoughout the Marine corps.

Since 1957, new mascots were named Chesty,
a tribute to Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, Jr.,
the most decorated Marine in history
who earned five Navy Crosses
throughout his military career.

On July 5, 1957 the first Chesty,
decked out in specially made Dress Blues,
made his first public appearance
at the very first Friday Evening Parade
at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington DC
and immediately won the hearts of the media.

The official Marine Corps motto is:
Semper Fidelis (Semper Fi)
meaning Always Faithful.
The English Bulldog is loyal, tenacious, resolute and faithful,
with a never give up attitude, which is why
the Bulldog is the perfect mascot for the Marine Corps.

President Obama greeting Tillman as the Marine Mascot.

Chesty the new Marine Corps Mascot

Do you know any Bulldogs that are missing?
Leave a comment or let us know in the Bulldog Forum

Bulldog Poem Bulldog Friend

A bulldog friend who’s always by your side,
and in a fight he does not hide.
He’s always there whether it’s near or far,
and will not judge you because he loves who you are.

He comes when you call, and does what you say.
He is there every minute, and will never fade away.
He walks by your side, and runs when you’re late.
He urges you to hurry, and helps you clean your plate.

You can always count on him, he will never let you down.
He will always make you happy, and never let you frown.

Your bulldog friend.

Author: Michelle Orrison