The English Bulldog has been in existence for several centuries, the native home of the breed being the British Isles, where it was created for the purpose of bull baiting and bear baiting. These sports were very popular in Britain for a time and as a result the breed developed rather rapidly. Later, dog fighting came into vogue and supplanted the baiting sports, so the English Bulldog was adapted to the ” pit.” In all the sports in which English Bulldogs have been used, courage, tenacity, determination, and strength have been the ruling factors. Many of these qualities were no doubt inherited from the Mastiff, of which the English Bulldog is a descendant, and some were acquired from the terrier blood which is likewise reported to have been used in the formation of the breed.
The standard of the Bulldog Club of America states that the various colors found in the Enerlish Bulldog are to be preferred in the following order: Red brindle: all other brindles; solid white; solid red, fawn, or fallow; piebald; inferior qualities of all the foregoing. In brindles and solid colors a white patch on the chest is not considered detrimental. Average heights for aged individuals of the breed are between 15 and 16 inches. The weight desired for mature dogs 50 pounds and for females 40 pounds.
In general appearance the English Bulldog should suggest power, courage, determination, and stability. The undershot jaw, the so-called “wheel” or “roach-back” and a loose-jointed, shuffling, “roll” gait are breed characteristics. English Bulldogs have long been noted for courage and fighting ability, and it was to these qualities that they owed their former utility as sporting dogs. Nowadays bull baiting and pit fighting, are fortunately, against the law, so the breed’s popularity is dependent on owners and fanciers who admire it for it’s companionship, devotion, and guarding ability. Furthermore, it is asserted that this dog makes a particularly suitable comrade for children. The breed’s popularity has slightly decreased in recent years, yet there are numerous owners and fanciers in the United States who remain staunch admirers of the English Bulldog.
Here’s a video from YouTube: “English Bulldog Rescue Stories- Then And Now”
As it warns in the beginning of the video, some of these pictures are explicit. They have photos of English Bulldogs that have been abused. On the bright side, they were rescued and have great AFTER photos; and the chance to live a better life.