Breed Profile

British Bulldog

British Bulldog
Bulldogs – a breed developed from Mastiffs and which acquired their name about 1630 – were also used to bait bears and badgers. The tremendous upswept jaw, with a broad nose set back almost between the eyes, was developed so that the Bulldog could breathe while it was hanging on to the neck of its unfortunate opponent. Horrifying accounts relate the animal's courage and tenacity in the bullring. Originally bred for the sport of bull baiting, which was popular in England for more than 700 years before it was made illegal in 1850.

Today's Bulldog is a far cry from its ancestors. It is more heavily built and less athletic than those dogs that were used to torment the bulls.


Bulldogs will normally live for about eight years, but given the right environment and sound nutrition will usually live up to 10 years of age.


The British Bulldog is usually placid and gentle, but can be jealously territorial around that which it regards as "its own". Its appearance, rather than its temperament, is its only asset if looking for a "watchdog". But it certainly has courage when called upon to defend its property. Its burly figure and massive head and jaw would undoubtedly deter any marauder. The Bulldog enjoys the company of its owner and displays a loving nature at every available opportunity. It is stoic to a fault. As with all animals, training and kind discipline should begin at eight weeks.
If a puppy is not discouraged when it jumps up on its owner, it will not be its fault if it is a nuisance later on. It is primarily as a family pet that the Bulldog scores well and it will repay you with many years of devotion and good health in return for your care and companionship.


Most will be amenable with other dogs, but there are individuals within the breed that do not care to share their home comforts with other species. It would be advisable to introduce any Bulldog to cats at an early age.


It is recommended would-be purchasers learn a little about the breed before purchasing. A smooth-coated breed, the British Bulldog is generally a clean animal. Folds in its face need to be cleaned daily by drying them out with cotton wool, applying a petroleum jelly, and then wiping it out to create a barrier against tear stains and to prevent chafing.

The area underneath the root of the tail requires the same attention. And a little smeared over (and left on) the nose daily prevents it becoming crusty. Toe-nails (especially the dewclaws) should be inspected weekly to ensure they have not become too long and require clipping.

Daily brushing for five minutes, and a wipe over with a damp flannel should keep your dog looking and feeling in top condition. Cooked bones should never be given nor any small bones that could become caught in the throat. Fresh clean water should be available at all times. A daily walk around the block should suffice for exercise, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening. These dogs do not enjoy getting overheated and great care should be taken to ensure that they are in a comfortable temperature at all times.

Please take note:
Agitation, particularly during hot weather, can prove fatal. The build of this breed determines that it is not a dog to be vigorously exercised, but nevertheless should always be maintained in top muscular tone.


Recommended for all those both sensible and sensitive to the needs of this breed. Very young children would need to be taught to respect the animal and its requirements. It is not suitable for exercising by anyone of a frail build, as the breed can be quite rambunctious.


If you have decided that the British Bulldog is the dog for you and you are prepared to keep the folds in its face clean, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Cherie Terry Preciousbull SA Contact
Sharon and Glenn Edmunds Bratrice NSW Contact
Shannon Bailey Bull-Acre QLD Contact
Pauline Cattell Kervilees SA Contact
Janet Dahlgren Namaskar SA Contact
Justine Clegg Royalicious NSW Contact
Susan Dodt Memrabull QLD Contact
Jenny Brown Thorney QLD Contact
Narelle Redmond REDBULLIES QLD Contact
Kristy Hunter Karingal QLD Contact
Andrea Hanson Gordonshere NSW Contact
jodie stevenson jodarysbull VIC Contact
Kerrie Love BULLYBRATZ NSW Contact
Kirsty Buchan Bullybourne NT Contact
Ben Bryant AustraBull NSW Contact
charmaine Scanlon BROORY QLD Contact
Angie Cassell Tantras Pugs QLD Contact
Shirley Hall Socialbull SA Contact
Lorell Sheppard Bekaa VIC Contact
Dee Gavin Bulldust NSW Contact
Hailey Lefleur Butterballbullies! VIC Contact
Laura Barnes Lorabull VIC Contact
michelle clark ichellemay VIC Contact
Adrian Avery Bullfellas SA Contact
lynn sutton bakersbullys NSW Contact
Lisa Moore Mooreabull VIC Contact
Ashlee Silk Bullysh TAS Contact
Tracy Bourke LABELLEZA VIC Contact
Susan Keain Kanoobra NSW Contact
Maddison Smith Tamad NSW Contact
Kellie Harch Fair Dinkum QLD Contact
Tricia Cumner Majestueux QLD Contact
Kirsty Weeks Amazabullz QLD Contact
Aida Quarry Karma QLD Contact
Korinna Butler Meanderbull TAS Contact
Tracy Binge Karinya QLD Contact
Eliesha Laird Leashabull VIC Contact
Yanina Smith paseya TAS Contact
Lisa Robinson Headshot NSW Contact
HELEN HOLMES Lakeside VIC Contact
Courtney Basa BullMajesty NSW Contact
Vince Henebery Wonderbull NSW Contact
Ian Cottrell Turangawewi TAS Contact
marley lucas maluca QLD Contact
Melissa Kilby melzbigbullz QLD Contact
Megan McNeill Bullsbymac VIC Contact
Wayne Noonan WAYSAM VIC Contact
Kerrie Austin Culurdane TAS Contact
Rachael Robins tybrobulls QLD Contact
Tegane Keevers Bullievable NSW Contact
Kylie Milligan ALLBULLZ NSW Contact
mary mcnamara courtamar SA Contact
Denice Charnock Charmccoy VIC Contact
Amanda Dattoli Eureka Kennels VIC Contact
Robyn Georgiades Tenuke VIC Contact
Vickki Lamb Britishbliss QLD Contact
Nicole Stafford Fanceabully VIC Contact
Chelsea Kviklys Ocean Buldoga QLD Contact
Melissa Doherty Paivabulls QLD Contact
Janine Flanagan NINISBULLZ NSW Contact
Nikki Johnson Indavalebull VIC Contact
Kim Harvey Glenarvey SA Contact
Deb Bartholomew KAHUHLUAH SA Contact
Melissa Plunkett Extreme NSW Contact
Lyndal Steggall Dependabull QLD Contact
Ryan Weng Reign NSW Contact
Karla Lacey Toplace QLD Contact
David Beacock Ikonic ACT Contact
Kylie Underhill Bullhaven Bulldogs QLD Contact
Helen McNeill CUDABULL Australian Capital Territory Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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