Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC(GB), KUSA
Weight: Dog: 50-55 lb (22.5-25kg) Bitch: 40-50 lb (18-22.5kg)
Coat: Short, smooth, close and finely textured
Color: Uniform color or with black mask or muzzle; reds, red brindle, piebald; black undesirable

The Bulldog's proud ancestry can be traced back to the Molossus, the fighting dog named from an ancient Greek tribe, the Molossi. As its name suggests, it was bred to bait bulls. According to one story, this "sport" commenced in Britain in 1204 or thereabouts, when Lord Stamford of Lincolnshire in England was greatly amused by the sight of some butchers dogs tormenting a bull. This gave his Lordship the idea of providing a field in which bull-baiting tournaments might take place on condition that the butcher would provide one bull a year for the "sport." Later, pits were set up in various parts of Britain where dogs would also fight other dogs. When bull-baiting became illegal in 1835, the Bulldog was in danger of extinction. Fortunately, however, a Mr Bill George continued to breed Bulldogs and, in 1875, the first specialist club for the breed was formed, known as the Bulldog Club Incorporated. This was followed in 1891 by the London Bulldog Society, which still holds its annual meeting at Crufts Dog Show. Despite its fearsome appearance, the Bulldog is now a gentle, good-natured dog. It adores children and makes a delightful pet. The only grooming it requires is a daily run through with a stiff brush and a rub-down. Care must be taken that it is not over-exerted in hot weather.
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