Bulldogs are a fan-favorite for many reasons. Their wrinkly faces, bodily folds and endearing personalities continue to charm Americans, landing them the #16 spot on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Learn more about the adorable Bulldog with these 6 need-to-know facts!
1. They have a not-so-proud history.
The Bulldog’s name comes from its history in bullbaiting, a popular sport in 19th century England which was later banned under the Cruelty of Animal Act of 1835.
2. They have easy-to-care-for coats.
Because of their short hair, grooming Bulldogs is fairly easy. In fact, they only need to be bathed once or twice a year!
3. They have a little in common with a British Prime Minister.
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was nicknamed the “British Bulldog” because of his looks and demeanor. He was not an owner of the dog, however.
4. They’re popular mascots.
While the Bulldog became a mascot for the U.S. military during the 60’s, they’re also a popular choice for about 40 universities across the country. While gentle-natured pets, the intimidating features they were originally bred for give a threatening impression of the sports teams they represent.
5. They run Los Angeles.
Bulldogs are a popular breed choice for the rich and famous. Some well-known celebrity Bulldog owners include Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Martha Stewart and Zac Efron.
6. They can be surprisingly sporty.
Bulldogs are known for being couch potatoes, but they can be trained to ride skateboards quite well! One Bulldog named Otto broke the Guinness World Record for “Longest Human Tunnel Traveled Through by a Skateboarding Dog” in 2015 by skating under the legs of 30 people in Lima, Peru.
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