10 things only Bulldog owners will understand

1.


Everything considered ugly in a human is cute on a Bulldog:
wrinkles, short legs, floppy cheeks and a fat butt or belly
It’s all good and beautiful when you are a Bulldog

2.

We are English Bulldogs but we kiss French
With a lotta tongue 😛
It might take some time to get used to
but you will learn to love these wet & slobbery kisses

3.

We know how to Chill
You will never know what true comfort is
until you have a Bulldog at home
Stressed?
Need to relax?

Get a Bulldog!
They will teach you
how to get into that totally Zen state

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4.

Snoring and farting sounds
have the same effect on Bulldog owners
as lounge or mediation music has on ‘normal people’ 

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The Bulldog Character index

This blog is to give more insight
into the Bulldog’s character.
Let me start by stating
that no Bulldog is the same.

These numbers are based
on averages and based on
my own personal experiences with Bulldogs
in over 20 years of having them as pets
and my experience as a foster parent
and dog trainer for the Baggy Bulldog Rescue.

Are you thinking about adopting a Bulldog?
These characteristics and stats will help
you understand the Bulldog’s character and needs.

Are you an experienced Bulldog owner?
Let us know if you agree with these stats
and let us know if we missed anything
in the comments or on the Bulldog Forum

Adoptability

Adapts well to apartment/city living


When choosing the perfect pooch
for your apartment, you should also
take into consideration the dog’s
energy level, noisiness, and friendliness.

The Bulldog is the ideal dog for city living.
Their mellow personalities
fit right in with city life.

They are content, they rarely bark, are very social
and don’t require much exercise.
Daily walks and lots of cuddles
and they’re all set.

Good For Novice Owners

The Bulldog is often labeled
as a dumb and untrainable dog

This is not true!
Bulldogs are in fact very easy to train
and they are also very smart
However what works for most dogs
will often not work with Bulldogs.

So even an experienced dog owner
who owned different dog breeds
can still be an unexperienced owner
when it comes to Bulldogs.

A Bulldog will need a soft approach
and may need some more repetitions
before a command is learned.
But a Bulldog will never forget
anything he or she learned.

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It’s a Thing: ComfortaBull

Comfortable and ComfortaBull are two different things.
The definition of comfortable is as followed:
being in a state of physical or mental comfort;
contented and undisturbed; at ease.

The definition of ComfortaBull is:
a total state of mental and physical relaxation
that incorporates a total togetherness of
body and mind no matter
the position or situation you are in.

You could say it is the doggy version of being Zen.
Where humans need to pratice years
of meditation and study before reaching a zen state.
The Bulldog is comfortaBull
by nature without any effort.
Being comfortaBull also includes
being able to handle some of the hardest yoga poses
and the ability to entirely shut off the world around you.

So in order it is:
At ease -> Comfy -> Relaxed -> Zen ——-> ComfortaBull

Some examples of being ComfortaBull:

In some cases it might look like
your Bulldog was dropped from a 10 story building


You can decide to go into that comfortaBull state
at any time, even during walks

First time Bulldog owners might think their dog
is broken but these extreme yoga positions are standard poses.

Don’t worry these poses are supposed to look uncomfortable
and should defy gravity.



True masters of Comfort know how to use their surroundings,
the earth is one giant pillow


Do not try this at home, only Bulldogs can handle
this level of comfortabullity


Any position, any time, any place …



No human can ever reach the state of comfort a Bulldog masters but they do have a very soothing and relaxing effect on their family members.
Need to chill out? Want to relax? Adopt a Bulldog and watch and learn.

Do you have a comfortaBull Bulldog who needs to be featured in here?
Upload your Bulldog’s photo in the comments or in the group with #ComfortaBull


The Bulldog a Guard Dog?



The Bulldog by nature is a very social and calm dog, who rarely barks and is not very observant of its surroundings. There is not much that can distract a Bulldog of one of its most important tasks: Beauty Naps. From experience, I can say that most Bulldogs would welcome any visitor into their home, known or unknown. If they wake up, the burglar will probably receive a happy, warm and wiggly welcome.

I always joked that they do have a preventive use against burglars… If the burglar would listen at the door, they will think you have a grizzly bear snoring on your couch and he will mostly likely skip your house.


But in most cases the Bulldog is not very protective. Of course there are always exceptions. I have seen Bulldogs who grew up on a farm with other guard dogs and who copied the behaviour. But if you are looking for a dog to protect your property the English Bulldog is definitely not a good match. The American Bulldog however is very fit as a guard dog.

The English Bulldog is commonly portrayed as a fierce, persevering or even aggressive, but in reality the English Bulldog is none of that. They are softies, highly social and loving couch potatoes.

But there is one very important exception to this rule; the Bulldog will not care much about your home or property but it will do anything for its family. Because Bulldogs are so highly social, loyal and devoted and they will do anything to protect their family and friends.

Bulldogs are known to be one of the best babysitters in dog form. They are very gentle with kids and they will follow them around everywhere. A Bulldog will try to save its family by jumping into a lake even when it cannot swim. They will protect the other pets in the home and they will stick up for their doggy friends in the park. No matter what the danger is, the English Bulldog will come to the rescue.

To me this is way more important than my home or my stuff. When you have a Bulldog in your Home you have a family protector. I don’t care if a burglar takes my stuff, my dog is my family and is therefor way more valuable than anything I own. With a Bulldog in your Home you know you have your own guardian angel.

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It’s the effort and intention that counts 😉

Bully to the Rescue!


The Character of the English Bulldog

As a Bulldog Addict, I talk a lot about my Fur Bully Babies. And a lot of times I get the question: But why Bulldogs? What is it that makes the Bulldog so special?

First of all, I have to state I love all animals and all dogs, but the Bulldog has a special place in my heart. Why? Well I’m gonna try to explain although I have to state in advance, the only way to truly understand a Bulldog Addict, is to become one yourself.

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You have to own one to understand it. Let me rephrase that last sentence; you have to care for a Bulldog to understand the Bulldog Love. No one really owns a Bulldog  ☺ That’s one of the reasons I Love them so much.

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General Characteristics 

Bulldogs are not just remarkable dogs in appearance; they also have an even more striking character. The Bulldogs’ character can be described as friendly, social, calm, balanced, compassionate, stubborn, cuddly, outgoing, proud and persevering. I personally believe that their friendly and peaceful nature largely determines their character.

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The Peaceful Bulldog 

The Bulldog’s character is what makes them 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 will almost never use his voice to clarify disputes. I often refer to Bulldogs as the Rasta among Dogs, they have a feel good mentality and if not today then tomorrow.

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Although it is a misconception that Bulldogs are Lazy and low energy dogs, Bulldogs do love to chill and relax. Laid back, would still be an understatement for the Bulldog. Have a crazy and stressful life and want to chill out? Get a Bulldog.

The Bulldog will teach anyone how to relax and chill properly. They are calm, gentle and laid back by nature in such a way they will have the same effect on their surroundings.


The Social Dog

All dogs are social animals by nature, but the Bulldog takes this to a whole new level. The Bulldog is and wants to be everyone’s friend, no matter if you are human or animal, the Bulldog will try to socialize with you. Although they might look tough they are all softy inside and are not afraid to show and share it. I have seen Bulldogs become friends with guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep and other farm animals.

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This loving and social character is what makes the Bulldog such a great Family dog. They are exceptionally loving and caring with people, little kids and elderly people, dogs and other animals.

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The Energy of a Bulldog

A statement often heard is that Bulldogs are lazy dogs.  Their characteristics, like their calm and relaxed nature, are often mistaken for laziness or a lack of energy.

These are false accusations; Bulldogs just use their energy very thoughtfully.
If Bulldogs feel like it, the will go for the full 100% energy explosion and when they do, 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.

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With the false idea of a lazy bulldog, a lot of owners get an English Bulldog for the wrong reasons. They think the Bulldog does not 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 creates a dog that is both physically and mentally in an unhealthy situation.

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Devotion and Loyalty

The Bulldog is extremely devoted and loyal to it’s Family. A Bulldog is happy when it’s with his Family it loves to get affection and be around the daily activities. You can have all the toys in the world, acres of playground and plenty of exercise but a Bulldog without it’s Family is an unhappy dog.

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The Bulldog is the ideal companion, always happy to see you and he is happy when you are happy. Try doing a work out on the floor, bring in groceries, take a nap on the couch or do chores around the house, .. you will never have to those things alone again. A Bulldog wants to engage in your activities and wants to be a part of it all.

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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 commands … but in bulldog pace  (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 these goals in agility competitions.

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Crazy Time

At least once a day Bulldogs have what I call ‘Crazy Time’ sometimes also referred to as ‘The Zoomies’. The best way to describe this is your Bulldog will have fun in goin’ crazy.

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This can be done in several ways.. .
some video examples will explain 😀

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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 would not move and would look in the direction he would normally walk. It is simply what he was used to.

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Most Bulldogs are not that fond of change. This is true of even the smallest changes such as 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 adapt in different situations. For more information on Dog  Training click here

 



Emotional Philosophers

The Bulldog might look tough in appearance but in reality is not tough at all. Bulldogs are very emotional dogs. They easily pick up on human vibes and emotions. They are easily scared and can be real wimps. A lot of people label the Bulldog as stubborn, but in my personal opinion, they are not stubborn but they do have a strong will. A Bulldog has to see the purpose of an action or following a command if not it will refuse.

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Bulldogs are real thinkers.
You don’t give commands to a Bulldog
You come to agreements with them 😀

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More examples of Heroic Bulldogs here

 

The Bulldog Sound

A strong character has a strong voice, and so it is. It is one more thing that makes the Bulldog special, their Sound. Although a Bulldog will rarely bark they do know how to talk. They have their own language which sounds hilarious.

More in the Compilation of funny Bully Talk videos

 

Forever Babies

Bulldogs are forever Babies, yes they grow up but on the inside a Bulldog will keep those childlike features forever. They will stay untroubled, keep exploring and want to be Daddy’s or Mommy’s little Baby Bull forever. They also tend to keep up the childish behaviour of having Tantrums by the way 😀

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Little Cry baby

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For me, the English Bulldog is THE dog.
No words can describe the connection I feel with these dogs.
They are truly one of a kind

 


What makes the Bulldog so Special?

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As a Bulldog Addict, I talk a lot about my Fur Bully Babies. And a lot of times I get the question: but why Bulldogs? What is it that makes the Bulldog so special? First of all, I have to state I love all animals and all dogs, but the Bulldog has a special place in my heart. Why?

Well I’m gonna try to explain allthough I have to state in advance, the only way to truly understand a Bulldog Addict, is to become one yourself. You have to own one to understand it. Let me rephrase that last sentence; you have to care for a Bulldog to understand the Bulldog love. No one really owns a Bulldog 😉 That’s one of the reasons I love them so much. Here are some more reasons I think the Bulldog breed is so special.

Social Dog
All dogs are social animals by nature, but the Bulldog takes this to a whole new level. The Bulldog is and wants to be everyone’s friend, no matter if you are human or animal, the Bulldog will try to socialize with you. Allthough they might look tough they are all softy inside and are not afraid to show and share it. I have seen Bulldogs become friends with guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep and other farm animals.

This loving and social character is what makes the Bulldog such a great Family dog. They are exceptionally loving and caring with people, little kids and elderly people, dogs and other animals.

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Devotion and Loyalty
The Bulldog is extremely devoted and loyal to it’s Family. A Bulldog is happy when it’s with his Family it loves to get affection and be around the daily activities. You can have all the toys in the world, acres of playground and plenty of excersize but a Bulldog without it’s Family is an unhappy dog.

The Bulldog is the ideal companion, always happy to see you and he is happy when you are happy. Try doing a work out on the floor, bring in groceries, take a nap on the couch or do chores around the house, .. you will never have to those things alone again. A Bulldog wants to encage in your activities and wants to be a part of it all.

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Crazy Time
At least once a day Bulldogs have what I call ‘Crazy Time’ sometimes also referred to as ‘Zoomies’. With James and Bean it is clockwork, after their ‘after dinnernap’ it’s Crazy Time 😀 The best way to describe this is your Bulldog will have fun in goin’ crazy.

This can be done in several ways.. James will usually grab his blanket, throws it on its own head and will roll around, so I will have a little ghost barking and rolling around my living room and Bean usually does sprints and jumps on and off the couch and running and jumping around with her butt low like a crazy high energy bunny. Some video examples of Bulldog and their ‘Crazy Times’.

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Face and Expression
Bulldogs have such a Beautiful face. Their characteristic and distinguished faces really gives them the most diverse and cute facial expressions. Their loving eyes, those wrinkles and floppy cheeks, it is all part of the Bulldog charme.

It is no coincidence that Bulldogs are frequenly used as mascottes, in commercials etc., the Bulldog’s Face speaks to everyone and says it all.

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Laid back and Relaxed
Allthough it is a misconception that Bulldogs are Lazy and low energy dogs, Bulldogs do love to chill and relax. Laid back, would still be an understatement for the Bulldog. Have a crazy and stressful life and want to chill out? Get a Bulldog.

The Bulldog will teach anyone how to relax and chill properly. They are calm, gentle and laid back by nature in such a way they will have the same effect on their surroundings.


Emotional Philosophers
The Bulldog might look tough in appearance but in reality is not tough at all. Bulldogs are very emotional dogs. They easily pick up on human vibes and emotions. They are easily scared and can be real wimps. A lot of people label the Bulldog as stubborn, but in my personal opinion, they are not stubborn but they do have a strong will. A Bulldog has to see the purpose of an action or following a command if not it will refuse.

Bulldogs are real thinkers. You don’t give commands to a Bulldog you come to agreements with them 😉

More examples of Heroic Bulldogs here

The Bulldog Sound
One more thing that makes the Bulldog special is their Sound. Allthough a Bulldog will rarely bark they do know how to talk. They have their own language which sounds hilarious. To understand it you have to watch, listen and learn: Bully Talk

Forever Babies
Bulldogs are forever Babies, yes they grow up but on the inside a Bulldog will keep those childlike features forever. They will stay untroubled, keep exploring and want to be Daddy’s or Mommy’s little Baby Bull forever. They also tend to keep up the childish behaviour of having Tantrums by the way 😉

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Little Cry baby

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For me, the English Bulldog is THE dog. No words can describe the connection I feel with these dogs. They are truly one of a kind.