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English Bulldog breed information

The medium-sized, muscular English Bulldog may not be a typical lap dog, but their friendly, personable nature means they are often game to sneak in a snuggle. Commonly known as “British Bulldogs”, these lovable pups were originally bred for bull baiting, a particularly cruel game of sport popular in the 19th century. These days, bulldogs are one of the AKC’s most popular breeds thanks to their affable dispositions (and their adorably wrinkled faces).

  • breed stats
  • Average size: 50-55 pounds
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Features: Brachycephalic, thick neck, heavy wrinkles
  • Coat: Short, fine textured
  • Energy level: Low to moderate
  • Temperament: Affectionate, friendly, gentle
  • Weather tolerance: Vulnerable to hot and cold conditions
  • Health concerns: Hip dysplasia, Brachycephalic syndrome, skin fold dermatitis, aortic stenosis

common health issues

condition risk cost without Petplan cost with Petplan*
hip dysplasia high risk $1,850 $275
keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) high risk $520 $142
skin fold dermatitis high risk $350 $125
brachycephalic syndrome high risk $1,617 $252
aortic stenosis high risk $5,000 $590
*Cost with Petplan reflects the total cost to the policyholder after reimbursement from Petplan. Assuming a 90% reimbursement plan with $100 annual deductible.

Bulldog pet insurance

English Bulldog

Although they are widely regarded as a popular canine companion, English Bulldogs are also prone to chronic and hereditary health conditions (like hip dysplasia and brachycephalic syndrome) that can quickly lead to unexpected veterinary bills — and an unexpected strain on your budget.

Genetics play a big roll in a pure breed bulldog’s health profile. According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, over 71% of English Bulldogs surveyed from 1974-2016 showed signs of hip dysplasia, a painful disease which causes deformation of the the ball and socket joint. On average, it can cost $1,850 (on the lower end) to almost $5,000 to treat this condition in dogs, but for a fraction of the cost, you can purchase a pet insurance plan for your up early on that will ensure she's covered at all stages of her life. 

The easiest way to plan ahead for surprise veterinary costs is to protect your pet with a comprehensive dog insurance policy. Pet parents who have Petplan pet insurance for their English Bulldogs get help covering the cost of treating injuries, illnesses and hereditary and chronic conditions. With Petplan by your side, you get the peace of mind that your beloved bully will get the care they need without breaking the bank.

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breed history

overall breed history

This popular breed originated in the British Isles and got their “bull” prefix from their association with bull baiting.


Though English Bulldogs were first bred to be ferocious fighting dogs, the end of bull baiting marked the start of a new era for the breed. Today they are known as gentle, family-friendly pets.

activity level

Moderate activity best suits the English Bulldog. They enjoy short walks followed by a comfortable nap.


The English Bulldog’s short coat means they do not require frequent grooming, but because of their wrinkles, they do require frequent wrinkle cleaning. Maintaining good health habits helps keep this breed in top-dog condition.

pet parent testimonials

English Bulldog
A must for Bulldogs

"Getting Petplan insurance was one of the best decisions I made when I brought my Bulldog Thor home at 8 weeks old. At about 10 months old, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He has since had both hips replaced (at about $7,000 each), had corrective eyelid surgery for entropion, and some other issues — all covered by Petplan. When my other Bulldog had to go to the ER twice for accidents, that was covered by Petplan, too. It’s good to have peace of mind that if a major expense comes up, I can put in an insurance claim and I won’t be hit by a major bill."

Janel, via PetInsuranceReview.com
If you own a Bulldog, you need this insurance!

"I have two English Bulldogs, and one dislocated her knee when she was about 3 years old. The cost, out of pocket, was around $5,000. So we opted for Petplan pet insurance, and lo and behold, our other Bulldog tore his meniscus a few months later. I submitted my claim by fax, and within two weeks I received a check from Petplan. In the end, we spent about $1,000 out of pocket — a big relief after our previous vet bill! Thank you, Petplan, for your great customer service and no-hassle claims process!"

Beth, via PetInsuranceReview.com
The best possible policy for my aging Bulldog

"My English Bulldog just turned 5, and so far has been very healthy. She is very athletic and active, especially given that genetically Bulldogs aren’t dealt the best hand, and this manifested for the first time recently with a torn ACL and meniscus, which required surgery to reconstruct her knee joint. Of the $4,900 I was billed, Petplan reimbursed $4,700. I can’t see there being a scenario where I wouldn’t have Petplan for my dog; it is my safety net and protection against life and old age."

Tony S., via PetInsuranceReview.com

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