Bulldogs-A History

– “The original Bulldog had to be very ferocious and so savage and courageous as to be almost insensitive to pain. In 1835 dog fighting as a sport became illegal in England. Therefore, the English Bulldog had outlived his usefulness and his days were numbered. However, there were dog lovers who felt deep disappointment at the passing of the breed, and they set themselves the task of preserving it. They proceeded to eliminate the undesirable fierce characteristics and to preserve and accentuate the finer qualities. Within a few generations, the English Bulldog became one of the finest physical specimens, minus its original viciousness.”

– “It has been theorized that bulldogs were bred in England as a cross between the Mastiff and the Pug, though their genetic origin is debated. Because cornering and leading wild bulls was dangerous, bulldogs were trained to seize a bull by its nose long enough for a rope to be secured around its neck. The use of dogs for fighting with other dogs or other animals was banned in the United Kingdom by the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835, but Bulldogs as pets were continually promoted by dog dealer Bill George.

“In time, the original Old English Bulldog was crossed with the pug. The outcome was a shorter, wider dog with a brachycephalic skull. Though today’s bulldog looks tough, he cannot perform the job he was created for, as he cannot withstand the rigors of running and being thrown from a bull, and cannot grip with such a short muzzle.”

I thought the need for a post about these animals was becoming neccasary. My family owns an female English Bulldog, her name is Stella Belle, and she’s just the sweetest thing. There very good animals, they’re great with kids and you nearly never have to walk them because they tire out so easily. Our dog doesn’t have the overbite that most of the breed does, but she’s still pretty darn cute. I’ll see if I can find a pic on my dad’s computer for you guys tonight.

Comments? Always appreciated.

~SAsammygirl

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6 Responses to “Bulldogs-A History”

  1. How could anyone think they are so harmful?? They are so adorible!!!

  2. That dog is soo cute. !)

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