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You can't mistake a Bulldog for any other breed. The furrowed brow, small ears, and hanging chops are immediate identifiers and are characteristics loved by many. Bulldogs can adapt well to apartment life and even make great companions for novice pet parents. They’re affectionate with all members of the family and are fairly low-maintenance pups.
Originally bred to fight in a gruesome blood sport called "Bullbaiting", the modern-day Bulldog is much happier taking a nap on the couch or playing with kids than fighting. Despite cartoon depictions of them as ferocious dogs, today's Bulldogs are bred to be affectionate and kind. They are fully capable of standing up to intruders when on guard dog duty, but are not out actively looking to pick fights or cause trouble.
Most Bulldogs stand at approximately 12-15 inches to the shoulder and weigh 40-50 pounds, giving them their iconic muscular build. Colored in a variety of coats including white and brindle, their unique physical makeup makes them prone to certain health issues that prospective owners should be aware of. Due to their facial structure, Bulldogs always have some degree of airway restriction, and they have difficulty panting correctly, which makes it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature.
The Bulldog makes a great apartment companion due to its size and love of inactivity. This laziness, however, can lead to rapid weight gain if not kept in check. A brisk walk is recommended every day in order to keep the weight off and avoid any unnecessary joint damage, which is another health problem that bulldogs are susceptible to if not monitored.
How dog-friendly is Alexandria?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Alexandria is ranked the most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its number of dog parks, pet sitters, and dog-friendly restaurants. Alexandria also received an A for its number of dog-friendly rentals and hotels.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Alexandria
Alexandria has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. According to The Swiftest, there are 10.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country.
Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Chambliss Street Dog Park, Simpson Stadium Dog Park, Fort Ward Park, and Dog Run at Carlyle.
Alexandria is also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Jones Point Park, Belle Haven Park, and Mount Vernon Trail.
Life in Alexandria with a dog
Alexandria has over 100 great pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Le Refuge Restaurant, Southside 815, and Jackson 20.
Alexandria has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, spas, and groomers. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Alexandria, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Lorien Hotel and Spa, The Alexandrian Autograph Collection, Hotel Indigo, and Westin Alexandria Old Town.
Popular dog breeds in Alexandria
Alexandria is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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