English Bulldog

A companion and family dog, great with children and other animals. Loves attention, but expects you to come to him to give it to him.

Males: 50 – 65 Lbs / 12 – 14” tall.
Females: 50 – 65 Lbs / 12 – 14” tall.
Lifespan: 10 – 16 years

Temperament: A very affectionate and dependable animal, and gentle with children. It is known for its courage, and excellent guard dog abilities.

Environment: Families with children, singles, seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards. The English Bulldog is good for apartment life. They are very inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed is an indoor dog. Bulldogs do best in temperate climates as the breed can chill easily in cold weather and have trouble cooling off in very hot weather.
Group: Companion Dog

General Appearance:

The ideal English Bulldog must be of medium size, with a smooth coat. The English Bulldog should have a heavy, thick-set, low-swung body, and massive well rounded head with a short face and muzzle. The dog should have wide shoulders, and thick, though short and stubby sturdy limbs. The general appearance and attitude should suggest great stability, vigor and strength, with a matching great personality. The disposition should be laid back and kind, resolute and courageous (but not vicious or aggressive). The overall demeanor should be calm and dignified. These attributes should be exhibited by the overall expression of personality, and behavior.

Overall: The skull should be very large. circumference of head in front of the ears, should measure at least the height of the dog at the shoulders. Viewed from the front, it should appear very high from the corner of the lower jaw to the apex of the skull, also very broad and square. Viewed from side, the head should appear very high, and very short from the furthest point of the nose to occiput. The forehead should be flat (not rounded or domed), neither too prominent, nor overhanging the face. The temples or frontal bones should be very well defined, broad, square and high, causing a hollow or grove between the eyes. This indentation, or stop, should be both broad and deep and extend up the middle of the forehead, dividing the head vertically, being traceable to the top of the skull.

SKULL: The skull is relatively large in circumference, and appears high from the corner of the lower jaw to the apex of the skull. Almost a slightly rounded – squared face.

FACE: Wrinkles, loose and thick skin is preferred, but without a dish-face. (single fold of skin forming around the face). The face, measured from the front of the cheekbone to the tip of the nose, should be extremely short, the muzzle being very short, broad, turned upward and very deep from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth. The cheeks should be well rounded, protruding sideways and outward beyond the eyes.

EYES: Seen from the front, eyes are situated low down in skull, well away from the ears. Eyes and stop should be in a straight line, at right angles to furrow. Wide apart, but outer corners within the outline of cheeks. Round, of moderate size, neither sunken nor prominent. Color is very dark – almost black – showing no white when looking directly forward.

EARS: The ears should be set high in the head. The front inner edge of each ear joining the outline of the skull at the top back corner of skull, placing them wide apart. Set as high and as far from the eyes as possible. Size should be small and thin. Rose Ear is the most desirable shape. The rose ear folds inward at its back lower edge, the upper front edge curving over, outward and backward, showing part of the inside of the burr. (The ears should not be carried erect or prick-eared or buttoned and should never be cropped).
NOSE: Solid dark colors are preferred. Splotchy Grey/Red colors acceptable as long as the majority color is dark grey/charcoal.

MUZZLE: Short, but not snubbed muzzle. Short & blocky bridge, well rounded over the mouth. Jaws broad and square with six small front teeth between canines in an even row. Canines wide apart. Teeth large and strong, not seen when mouth closed. When viewed from front under jaw directly under upper jaw and parallel. Slightly loose skin with minimal wrinkles is acceptable.

NOSE: The nose should be large, broad and black. The tip is set back deeply between the eyes. The distance from bottom of stop, between the eyes, to the tip of the nose should be as short as possible and not exceed the length from the tip of nose to the edge of underlip. The nostrils should be wide, large and black, with a well-defined line between them.

LIPS: The chops or “flews” should be thick, broad, pendant and very deep. Should completely overhang the lower jaw on each side. They join the underlip in front and almost or quite, cover the teeth, which should be scarcely noticeable when the mouth is closed.

TEETH: The teeth should be large and strong, with the canine teeth or tusks set wide apart. The six small teeth in front should be set between the canines, in an even, level row.

Point Eliminating Faults: Long muzzle, Dish-face, frog-face, apple head,
Too short or too long of a muzzle. Whites of eyes showing while the dog is looking straight ahead. Overly high or droopy ears, or unevenly shaped ears.
Low set, large/heavy ears. Flyaway ears, button ears, pricked ears, tulip ears.
Serious Faults: Visible haw. Wry bite / Wry jaw. Misshapen, Bulging, displaced or evenly set eyes. Any nose color other than black. Over-nose wrinkle, even if a broken wrinkle, that covers any part of the nose.

Approved by UBKC – April 11, 2017