Celebrate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day!
April 21st is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day. While they may not be the stereotypical image of canine beauty, bulldogs are wonderful animals whose inner beauty is matched by a unique and lovable exterior. Their short, stocky body, and chubby, rolling face, often with tongue hanging out, never fail to elicit a smile. Whether they are waddling across a room on stubby legs or drooling on the couch again, bulldogs are wonderful companions who deserve this day of appreciation! Any bulldog owner will tell you that their pet is a wonderful companion and a shining example that traditional beauty is only skin deep. Bulldogs are goofy, and down to earth, and don’t take themselves too seriously, and while Westminster may not show much respect for the bulldog in dog shows, we other animal lovers sure can.
What exactly is a Bulldog?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes Bulldogs as any medium-sized breed of dog commonly referred to as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog. A perfect Bulldog, according to the AKC, must meet the following requirements: A medium-sized stance; a smooth coat; a thick and stout body; a huge head with a short snout and wide-set eyes; wide-set shoulders; and bowed, short legs with wide paws.
What are some other types of Bullies?
1. American Bulldog
The National Kennel Club (NKC) describes the American Bulldog as a family protector, as well as a farm-working dog. The temperaments are intelligent, alert, and confident, yet aloof or protective against strangers. Slight assertiveness over other dogs is acceptable, but aggression is never tolerable. Their bodies appear perfectly proportioned, muscular and well balanced. Their coats are short and smooth and can contain any color pattern except for blue or merle.
2. Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers may first be recognized by the bowed or egg-shaped snouts and flat forehead, but they are adorable, playful, and mischievous nonetheless. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) says that Bull Terriers are the only breed of dog with deep-set, triangle-shaped eyes. With a stout round body and strong muscles and legs, “Spuds MacKenzie” became a popular commercial dog for Budweiser in the 1980s.
Most dog lovers around the world quickly identified the breed of “Fang” in the Harry Potter movies as a Neapolitan Mastiff. It is no wonder that this gigantic dog was used to play the beast. Officially recognized by the AKC in 2004, this dog is described as being a “heavy-boned, massive, awe-inspiring dog bred for use as a guard and defender of owner and property:”
4. French Bulldog
Much smaller than her counterpart, the adorable little French Bulldog, which is often mistaken for a Boston Terrier, is a little Bully in her own right. Bred in France during the 1800s when owners bred a few of their smaller bulldogs with rat terriers, the French Bulldog is the 4th most popular dog breed registered with the UKC and the 9th most popular breed in the AKC. Their adorable squished faces, wide eyes and sweet nature make them such a popular dog among unethical breeders that the breed is plagued with horrible genetic issues, most commonly among their spines.
How should I celebrate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day with my own Bully?
1) Get your bully some yummy new treats.
2) Spoil him with spa day at the groomer’s
3) What Bully doesn’t need something new to chew on?
4) Don’t forget her nails!
Own a Bulldog or Bulldog Mix?
Show them off with a pic below in the comments!