Today’s Bulldogs, widely adored l for their endearing wrinkles and thoughtful, gentle natures are one of America’s most popular breeds. This is in sharp contrast to their origins, as they were developed in the British Isles to participate in the violent sport of bull-baiting from which they get their name. Fortunately, when bull-baiting became illegal in England, fanciers of the breed were able to breed out the undesirable aggressive traits within a few generations, resulting in the amicable and reliable character we know today. Bulldogs a highly valued as family pets and they tend bond strongly with children. They are protective by nature but gentle with their loved ones. Bulldogs have minimal grooming and exercise needs but should get a daily walk. Their short noses to render them quite sensitive to heat so shady, cool spots should always be available.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.