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Different Breeds of Bulldogs with Pictures

Vibhav Gaonkar Mar 7, 2020
Bulldogs in the past were used by butchers to control livestock, and were trained to play the bull-baiting sport, which gives the breed its name. Bulldogs fall in the 'working dogs' category and make really good companions. Take a look at the pictures of different Bulldog breeds and a brief outline of each.

Can Bulldogs Swim?

No! Bulldogs aren't suited to water and are in danger of drowning when swimming.
The name Bulldog, in more general terms, refers to a wide variety of breeds, whereas in a narrower sense, it refers to the English Bulldog. The Bulldog breed is a very old one and can be traced back to around the 5th century.
As said earlier, this breed was used by butchers to control their livestock. It was also used to catch horses, cattle, and boars, which would be used for farming.
The ancient blood sport of bull-baiting also involved these hefty, strong doggies. In the sport, the dog used to creep as close as possible to the tethered bull trying to bite the bull's nose or head area.
Once the dog got hold of the bull's nose, the bull would attempt to get hold of the dog using its horns and toss it in the air. The fight would continue until either the dog had pulled the bull to the ground or the bull had killed the dog.
This sport was further banned under the Cruelty to Animals act. The Bulldog of today is seen to be a really fierce dog and very protective of its human companions. Let's learn about the different versions of Bulldogs in the section that follows.

Purebred Bulldogs

American Bulldog

Origin : United States of America
Height : 20-28 inches
Weight : 70-130 lb.
Lifespan : 10-15 years
Colors : White, white with red or brown patches, brindle, or fawn
Temperament : Social, active, child-friendly, and a great family pet
Health Concerns : Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, hip and elbow dysplasia, cherry eye, and bone cancer

English Bulldog

Origin : England
Height : 18-20 inches
Weight : 52-66 lb.
Lifespan : 7-8 years
Colors : White, red, fawn, brindle, and piebald
Temperament : Sociable and friendly, excellent watchdog, dignified, child-friendly, apartment dog
Health Concerns : Cherry eye, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, demodicosis, entropion, and head shakes


Origin : Germany
Height : 30-33 inches
Weight : 60-80 lb.
Lifespan : 10-12 years
Colors : White, brindle, or fawn; all with white undersides
Temperament : Playful, energetic, exercise-hungry, child-friendly, intelligent, modest, honest, loyal, and a great family dog
Health Concerns : Brain tumor, lymphoma, cell tumors, hip dysplasia, allergies, gastric bloating, corneal dystrophy, hypothyroidism, Boxer cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, and demodectic mange

Olde English Bulldogge

Origin : England
Height : 16-20 inches
Weight : 55-80 lb.
Lifespan : 9-14 years
Colors : Brindle, fawn, black, and white with ticks and patches of black, red, fawn, piebald; or completely solid
Temperament : Confident, friendly, alert, courageous, loving, and loyal
Health Concerns : Prone to severe bloating and hip dysplasia

French Bulldog

Origin : France
Height : 10-12 inches
Weight : 16-28 lb.
Lifespan : 11-14 years
Colors : Fawn, cream, brindle, or combinations of two colors
Temperament : Smart, loving, attention-seeking, sociable, and a perfect family and apartment dog
Health Concerns : Hip dysplasia, allergies, patellar luxation, cleft palate, brachycephalic syndrome, hemivertebrae, and intervertebral disc disease

Alano EspaƱol/Spanish Bulldog

Origin : Spain
Height : 22-25 inches
Weight : 75-89 lb.
Lifespan : 11-14 years
Colors : Brindle, sable, fawn, black, and brindle
Temperament : Sociable, very obedient, affectionate, child-friendly, powerful, and protective
Health Concerns : Very healthy dogs with no or negligible Health Concerns

Mixed Breeds

Catahoula Bulldog

Origin : United States of America
Height : 20-26 inches
Weight : 50-90 lb.
Lifespan : 10-14 years
Colors : White, black and white, brown, brown and white, black and brown, with black, gray, or tan patches
Temperament : Loving, protective, loyal, very active, and excellent watchdogs
Health Concerns : Prone to hip dysplasia and deafness

Bullmastiff/Ca de Bou

Origin : Spain
Height : 20-22 inches
Weight : 66-83 lb.
Lifespan : 8-10 years
Colors : Fawn, brindle, and black with tan or white markings
Temperament : Reliable, devoted, protective, loyal, loving, good watchdog and guard dog, courageous, and powerful
Health Concerns : Prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, lymphoma, arthritis, and bloating

Olde Boston Bulldogge

Origin : United States of America
Height : 14-17 inches
Weight : 12-24 lb.
Lifespan : 11-15 years
Colors : Brindle, black, or seal, with white markings
Temperament : Loving, friendly, intelligent, active, and child-friendly
Health Concerns : Prone to patellar luxation, cell tumors, cataracts, deafness, and allergies

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Origin : United States of America
Height : 19-26 inches
Weight : 55-99 lb.
Lifespan : 12-15 years
Colors : Blue merle, brown merle, red merle
Temperament : Loving, protective, responsible, child-friendly, and an excellent guard dog
Health Concerns : Prone to hip dysplasia and entropion
Apart from these, there are also a few extinct breeds that belong to the Bulldog category which include Bullenbeisser, Old English Bulldog, and the Toy/Miniature Bulldog.