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An Introduction To English Bulldogs
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There are many pets that make wonderful subjects for portraits. The English Bulldog is one of the breeds of dogs that are especially good projects. The English Bulldog is such a confident character. He often can get into a situation where the typical pet dog would be looking for guidance from his owner, but the English Bulldog'a attitude is "whatever".

This breed of dog has been manmade from the strong, powerful head and shoulders to their tight little rears. Please do not ask your bulldog to swim, because their heavy body and short little legs are not condusive to swimming.

Don't be surprised when your bulldog starts making funny sounds. These can be very entertaining from their little snorts to their funny breating that will make you laugh out loud. The personalities of the bulldog has changed drastically from the past eras. They were banned because of their fierceness on the streets of ancient Rome, but now have very lovable traits. During the 13th century in England, the breed earned its name by chasing and bringing down bulls. As these dogs have so much power behind them, they will knock anything down that is in their way when chasing something that they want.

English bulldogs almost died out after 1835 when bull-baiting was outlawed, but the breed was rescued by lovers of the English bulldog and they were mixed with dogs that were of a more tempered personality.

There were several characteristics that made the English bulldog appear menacing. A protruding underjaw showed their teeth and the loose skin hanging from their face actually helped the dog in a fight. They were still able to maneuver in a fight if an opponent had them in the grip. Their build is magified by its wide shoulders and stocky upper body.

Another quality that this breed has is the pushed-back neck and head. They are even know to pass gas frequently because their noses are small and they have to gulp a lot of air to breathe. Even though they are not the most polite dog, they still are able to capture the imagination of a nation by still being the national dog of England. They were even know as the "Churchill dog" during World War II because it stood as the courage and strength of England.

There are some drawbacks to owning this type of dog. English bulldogs can be very independent and do not normally do well with training. They also require a good bit of effort on the grooming end, as the folds of skin need to be cleaned every day so they do not collect moisture, thereby encouraging infections. Another drawback to this breed is the fact that they are prone to congenital diseases. These diseases range from heart conditions to various orthopedic conditions.

Perhaps if you are offended by slobber or smell you should choose another breed for your family. But, these dogs can provide love and comfort for the right family, getting along very well with children and they will be a good object for dog portraits with your family.


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