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Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

English BulldogNo matter what your breed preference is for dogs, you can’t deny that there’s something special about the strong characteristics of the bulldog. Their short faces, wrinkles, stocky build, and drooling under bite might not be the epitome of what’s considered beautiful, but April 21st is a day to look beyond appearances for Bulldogs are Beautiful Day.

To celebrate, bulldog owners can treat their pets to a special adventure - a walk in the park, a special treat, extra cuddles, or a new toy. If you don’t have a bulldog but have always wanted one, consider adopting one from a rescue or shelter.

How did bulldogs get their name? Over the course of 350 years, until bull-baiting was banned in 1835, bulldogs were bred to guard, control and bait bulls by corkscrewing their own body around the bull’s neck, tossing the bull over. This was done prior to slaughtering a bull, as well as for entertainment purposes at the time. While powerful and courageous, bulldogs were also relentlessly loyal and loving to their owners. Once bull-baiting was outlawed, bulldogs were used to herd livestock over rough terrain. They became the short and squat dog we know today, and have become wonderful companions.

French Bulldog

There are quite a variety of breeds that bulldogs are related to, including the Bull Mastiff, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Olde English Bulldogge. Over time the English, American, and French bulldogs were created, and all are very popular today as working dogs or companions. They come in a variety of colours, such as brindle, piebald, red, fawn, fallow, and white.

What’s the difference between American, English and French bulldogs?

American BulldogThe American bulldog is the largest of all three, and is very athletic and agile. It has long legs and enjoys being active. The English bulldog is medium sized, with a large stocky body, big head with wrinkles, and short legs. The English bulldog would likely prefer to lounge on the couch than do any vigorous activity. The French bulldog is the smallest of all three, and while it maintains the stocky body, short legs and wrinkled face, they make great lap dogs and are playful and fun.

Whichever type of bulldog you prefer, they all share the same loyal, loving temperaments. And what better day to recognize them than on Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day! So give your bulldog some extra pampering and attention. They’ll be so grateful!