No dog has ever been so deliberately created by generations of exceptional selective breeding for desired physical and disposition traits than the English Bulldog.
That statement just about says it all.
The Bulldog originated in the British Isles where they were used for bull baiting, which was extremely cruel. Back then the Bulldogs was ferocious and insensitive to pain. They would attack the bull from underneath aiming for the neck, making it very hard for the bull to fight back. One look at a Bulldog’s huge jaw and you can just imagine the trouble you would be in you encountered a vicious Bulldog. When dog/bull fighting became illegal, Bulldog lovers – primarily English working class – bred all the fierceness out of them. And today although the English Bulldogs appearance is still somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs. The Bulldog is a tribute to man’s love for dogs.
Bulldogs are uncomplicated, gentle, sensitive intelligent creatures that are perfect for the modern person who works too much, the child that needs a serious BFF or the empty nester looking for an constant companion. Tough on the outside, sweet on the inside, a Bulldog will easily fit any lifestyle. Bulldogs are growing in popularity and are now ranked at number 7 according to the AKC Registration Statistics.