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The English Bulldog is a medium-sized, muscular dog (couch potato), who would love nothing better than to be a lap dog, even though their size often prevents it. This popular breed was developed in the British Isles and got the “bull” prefix from its association with bull baiting.
The English Bulldog today has a gentle disposition and is capable of forming strong bonds with families and children. Because they are prone to obesity, exercise is recommended to maintain a healthy weight. Their coat does not need to be trimmed, but English Bulldogs generally require more baths than the average breed.
The average Bulldog is probably not suited for obedience training, as its intelligence ranking comes in at a mere 78 out of 80, according to Stanley Coren’s work in “The Intelligence of Dogs.” But hey, at least they’re good looking!
Although English Bulldogs require little grooming, they are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Bulldogs are prone to include respiratory problems such as brachycephalic syndrome; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; eye issues such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye); heart disorders such as aortic stenosis; and skin conditions such as skin fold dermatitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of your pet as standard. Which means if your Bully inherits more than just his mother’s good looks, you’re covered.