The English Bulldog was originally used to drive cattle to market and to compete in a bloody sport called bullbaiting. Today, they are gentle companions who love children.
The English Bulldog has the image of a pusher, powerful and compact, with the determination of a steam locomotive, well-oiled and strong. The medieval version of the English Bulldog (or British Bulldog) is quite different from the Bulldog we know today. The first Bulldog was very mastiff-like in type. This dog was the fearsome 'bull biter' who had to fight with bulls. From the early Middle Ages until well into the 19th century, English people loved to watch this 'sport' and bet on the outcome. In the middle of the 19th century, "bull biting" was banned. This almost put an end to the English Bulldog. However, the dogs with the softest temperaments continued to be bred and the modern Bulldog was born. Nowadays, it is sweet, affectionate and also gentle with children.
Social and lovable, but with a reputation for bravery that makes it an excellent watchdog, the English Bulldog is a lover, not a fighter. He is dignified rather than lively and has a friendly though sometimes stubborn character. The English Bulldog is friendly and easy to get along with; he gets along with everyone. He can be a slow learner, but once he knows something, he has it forever. Bulldogs do not tend to bark. Usually their appearance alone is enough to scare off intruders.
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