English Bulldog Studs

The English Bulldog breed is native to the UK. Today the Bulldog specimens are very different from their larger, stronger and fierce-looking ancestors which were used in fights to the death against bulls in the so-called “bullbaiting” until they were banned in the seventeenth century.

The American Bulldog and the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog share the origins of the English Bulldog, the main characteristic of these breeds is their impressive appearance and great physical strength that can be very intimidating.

Is the English Bulldog an aggressive breed?

Unlike its appearance, these dogs are very friendly and docile. They retain few character traits of their ancestors due to a series of modifications that breeders made to achieve the temperament and appearance of today’s specimens. Today this breed is very popular as a companion dog.

Physical characteristics

An adult Bulldog reaches a medium height, is robust and strong. The head is very large in relation to the body, which is one of the characteristics that make it very striking. Its eyes are large and black, the muzzle is flat and has folds of skin. The lower jaw protrudes slightly forward from the upper jaw, thus showing the lower incisors. The cheeks are round, the lips are full and hang at the ends. The ears are small with a forward slant framing the forehead. The tail is short and curly, also characteristic of the breed.

The bulldog is part of the so-called shorthaired pointer breed, so the coat is close to its body and is soft to the touch. The chest is deep and stocky, connecting with a short, thick neck. Its shoulders are broad and muscular and it has short and strong legs. In general, it has a very defined muscle tone and an appearance of great strength.

The colours of the breed are very varied except for black, so it is possible to find bulldogs of red, white, beige, and brindle.

Physical proportions

There is still no consensus on the US and UK standards. The height ranges between 30 and 40 centimeters at the withers, and in the United States dogs weigh a maximum of 22 kilos and in the United Kingdom a maximum of 25 kilos.


This breed of dog has a mild and sweet temperament and is reliable and predictable. It makes an excellent family pet, as it loves home life and children. However, they are also excellent guardians. In general, they are affectionate and sociable with adults, children, and other dogs. Of course, it all depends on the training given as puppies but, in general, they are very calm dogs and easy to have around, unlike other breeds of the nervous type such as the Miniature Poodle which requires hours of play and physical activity, or other breeds that need intense daily activity such as the Labrador Retriever or Siberian Husky.

Attention and care

Regular visits to the vet are important. Maintaining a complete vaccination and deworming schedule is essential to make its life as healthy as possible.

The advantage of this breed is that their coats only need minimal care, unlike other breeds with long coats that constantly shed hair such as the Miniature Schnauzer, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Wirehaired Pointer, Shih Tzu, or the huge and dashing German Shepherd dog that requires constant brushing to control hair loss.

However, it is important to emphasise the need for a periodic bath and the special care that must be taken between the folds of its skin to avoid humidity, fungi, and allergic reactions or chafing and irritation.


The English Bulldog tends to be gluttonous, it will always be willing to eat, so it is important to maintain a balanced diet with adequate quantities, and it is advisable to divide their daily food into three servings.

Physical activity

The English Bulldog can gain weight easily, so it requires a daily walk of at least 20 to 30 minutes. However, you should not overdo it, as they lack stamina due to their breathing problems, especially if the weather is too hot.

Breeding the English Bulldog

Due to their lack of agility and the morphology of the specimens, natural breeding using a Bulldog stud is complicated and requires help. Often, artificial insemination is an option and in most cases, they are born by cesarean section because the puppies’ heads are too large to come out naturally, so special attention and vigilance to the female are recommended in the last days of gestation.

Why are English Bulldog puppies so expensive?

Due to the complexity of the reproduction of this breed and because it is one of the most difficult to reproduce, Bulldog puppies are especially expensive.

Important points when selecting an English Bulldog stud

It is important to look for an English Bulldog stud that improves the lineage rather than makes it worse. Standard beauty and health must be balanced to prevent breed-specific genetic diseases that are caused by poor breeding planning. An effective tip for locating a good stud is to look for a male that is registered with the UK Kennel Club (KC Registered).

When looking for an English Bulldog stud, it is important to consider whether it has been a champion or at least bred a champion, since breeding with a stud of these characteristics is most likely to produce pups with very good characteristics.

It should be mentioned that stud dogs do not govern the number of puppies produce, this depends on the female; the male stud only determines the sex of the puppies.

The best thing to do when selecting a stud is to evaluate all its characteristics such as symmetry, proportion, adequate movement, and that it does not share the defects that the female has. When selecting the stud, criteria for what is sought must be clear in order to carry out responsible breeding that will eliminate any weakness of this breed. The stud should also have a clean bill of health and be certified free of Hyperuricosuria (HUU clear).

What age should a stud be?

The appropriate minimum age for reproduction is when the dog is two years old, but there is always a complication when selecting a very young stud, as it has little or no progeny to define if it is a good stud or not. In such cases, you should investigate whether its parents are good quality specimens. If so, there is a good chance that the young stud will produce well.

Final thoughts

Take the time to check a variety of breeders before selecting a suitable stud for breeding. Review all the information provide on the breeder’s website and ensure that the stud is KC registered, HUU clear, and in good health, as this will improve the chances of producing a healthy litter.

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