10 Cute Bulldogs to Bring a Smile to Your Face

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Bulldogs vary in color, size, and temperament but are generally very happy and moderately active dogs. They make excellent family pets and get along with everyone and everything after proper training. Bulldogs have a whole lot of love to give. A stocky build, soft coat, and extra wrinkly skin are just a few of their endearing qualities.

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    All Bulldogs Are Adorable

    Cute bulldog in pink collar
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    American Bulldogs are gentle and affectionate pups with big heads and soft coats. They can weigh up to 120 pounds when fully grown, but they still like to think that they're lapdogs. These dogs have big heads and strong jaws that, when combined with their unwavering loyalty, make them top-notch watchdogs.

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    “Frenchie” Is Another Name for a French Bulldog

    Grey French bulldog
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    Also known as miniature bulldogs, these little pups are the smallest type of bulldog. They weigh less than 30 pounds, but they make up for their small size with playfulness and ferocity. They don’t need very much exercise and can even develop breathing problems if exerted in hot weather.

    Because they do well in both the city and country, Frenchies are one of America's most popular small dog breeds. French Bulldogs are quiet, but alert, making them almost as effective as their American and English watchdog cousins.

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    England Loves Bulldogs

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    English Bulldogs are a national symbol of England, probably thanks to their strong and loyal personality. They were originally bred as working farm dogs and were used in grisly bull-baiting events. Don’t worry, the “sport” was banned in 1835.

    Now, bulldogs are mascots for several popular sports teams and businesses in both the U.S. and the U.K. Their tough appearance and intimidating size made them the image of California State University, Yale, and the University of Georgia.

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    Bulldogs Need Their Exercise

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    American bulldogs have a muscular build and love showing it off on long walks. Regular exercise will help them maintain a healthy weight. Despite their big build, they’re surprisingly agile.

    Their stocky appearance is often confused with poor weight management. This shouldn't be used as an excuse not to exercise them. Instead, make regular walking and running a habit. Exercising your bulldog will lead to a healthy weight, strong muscles, and a long lifespan while preventing problems such as hip dysplasia and heart disease.

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    But They Also Love Naps

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    Bulldogs are happy, family-loving dogs and often sleep the day away. Sometimes they even fall asleep while sitting up. Their short snouts can cause labored breathing, so what may seem like an unusual sleeping position is a comfortable one.

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    Relaxation Is Key

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    Frenchies always have their ears perked up, making them quite recognizable. "Bat ears" and their small but muscular body are their trademarks. French bulldogs have a long history as companion dogs because of their loving, playful, and overall calm nature–they certainly won't mind spending the day poolside with you.

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    Bulldogs Are Good Sports

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    The easygoing personality of the American bulldog makes them pretty great at putting up with human shenanigans. He may not like it, but your bulldog will allow you to dress him up in a Halloween costume and birthday crown every year. Just don't be surprised if you get big, wide puppy-dog eyes asking for mercy.

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    Loyalty Is a Bulldog's Best Quality

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    Man’s best friend is exactly what bulldogs strive to be. American bulldogs are fiercely loyal and love their owners to no end. They are exceptionally affectionate but can get territorial and suspicious of strangers. They'll socialize with ease once proper training is enforced. There’s no doubt about it; bulldogs love their humans.

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    English Bulldogs Are the Perfect Medium-Sized Pal

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    English bulldogs are smaller than their American counterparts, typically weighing about 50 pounds with a stocky build.

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    A Romp in the Yard Is Their Favorite Way to Beat Boredom

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    Leaving American bulldogs home alone all day isn’t the best idea. They can experience rough separation anxiety, leading them to become destructive. A brisk walk or playtime in the yard is a great way to prevent any destructive behavior.