Updated: November 10, 2021


English Bulldogs are known for their friendly and gentle disposition and even temperament, making them the ideal family companion and watchdog. 

English Bulldogs tend to be a fairly laid back dog breed, sometimes choosing to remain inactive throughout the day, especially as the temperature climbs, making them popular with both house and apartment dwellers. English Bulldogs may struggle in the heat, therefore the temperature of their living environment must be carefully monitored. Luckily for owners living in hot climates, English Bulldogs do not require the same high levels of exercise that similar sized breeds need.


Pet profile

Best suited to home or apartment dwellers in cooler climates.

  • Small to medium (31cm to 40cm) 
  • Typically weighing between 18kg and 25kg
  • 8 to 10 years life expectancy

Exercise and nutrition

English Bulldogs require up to an hour of exercise a day when fully grown, but remember to watch out for the midday heat as walking them in the sun isn’t good for their health.

English Bulldogs need to be fed high quality food up to twice daily. Make sure your English Bulldog has fresh water available at all times to avoid dehydration. If you are unsure or have any questions about how much to feed your pet and how often, please consult your veterinarian.


Common health problems and illnesses 

English Bulldogs do have their share of health issues, mostly due to their short noses, wide torsos and narrow waists, which is why it’s a good idea to take out insurance for your English Bulldog while they’re still a puppy.

English Bulldogs often experience respiratory problems, the most common of which is an elongated soft pallet. With this disorder comes the risk of breathing difficulties, vomiting and excitability. Laser surgery is often the most viable option for correcting this common condition.

Bloat is a serious concern amongst English Bulldog owners, and this problem arises when the canine swallows too much air while eating and the stomach subsequently fills with air. This can then lead to a dangerous condition known as gastric torsion, which involves the stomach twisting and cutting off circulation to the stomach and spleen. Gastric torsion can be fatal, so it’s important to seek advice from your veterinarian as soon as possible if you think your dog may have this condition.

Eye problems are also common in English Bulldogs, and the breed can frequently suffer from conditions known as cherry eye, ectropion and entropion. The latter are caused by the excess skin on the dog’s face, while cherry eye is caused by the protrusion of the lachrymal gland out through the eye. All three of these common conditions require surgery to correct.

Eczema and acne are also common conditions that require continual maintenance once they have developed in your dog. However, your veterinarian will be able to offer advice around how best to manage these conditions.


Fun facts 

  1. English Bulldogs are the 6th most popular breed in America.
  2. English Bulldogs date back to the 16th century where they were originally bred in England.  They are believed to be a mix of Mastiffs and Pugs.
  3. Due to the breed’s large head, over 80% of English Bulldogs are delivered by cesarean section. 
  4. English Bulldogs aren’t very strong swimmers.  Like many other breeds with larger skulls, they are at risk of drowning when in the water.
  5. Many celebrities own English Bulldogs, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Ashley Olsen, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Martha Stewart.