The bulldog, sometimes known as the English bulldog, is unlike any other breed of canine. It is adored for its huge head, low-slung body, and characteristic scowl.
Bullbaiting, a brutal sport that was banned in England in the early 1800s, was practised there for hundreds of years using bulldogs. Compared to the calm couch potato we know and love now, the bulldog was bigger and more vicious back then.
The English bulldog is the ancestor of the French bulldog. Toy-sized bulldogs were being produced in England in the middle of the nineteenth century, and their owners who were leaving carried them to France.
These little bulldogs were crossed in France with other breeds, possibly pugs and little terriers, to create the modern French bulldog, a diminutive bulldog with enormous personality.
In the 1800s, immigrants from Britain brought their dogs, especially bulldogs, to America. Bulldogs were more bigger and taller back then than they are now, when they are short and stocky.
These bulldogs were used as working dogs by farmers and ranchers in the New World, where they excelled in guarding the property, herding, catching cattle, and hunting feral pigs.
The White English Southern Bulldog was the final name given to the breed before it was renamed American Bulldog. Loyal and devoted, American Bulldogs are renowned for getting along well with children.
The original athletic English bulldog, which was used for bull baiting before it changed into the smaller, stockier, roach-backed breed we know today, was attempted to be recreated and is now known as the olde English bulldogge.
The appearance of the olde English bulldogge should resemble the bull-baiting bulldogs from the early 1800s.
An old French breed known as the "Bordeaux mastiff" or the "Bordeaux Bulldog" is the dogue de Bordeaux.
The Dogue de Bordeaux, like the bulldog, was initially employed as a fighting and battle dog but eventually switched to guard dog duty, roving vast French estates.
The dogue de Bordeaux underwent yet another profession change following the French Revolution, this time becoming a cattle driver. The modern dogue de Bordeaux is a devoted and protective friend.