Bulldogs are a type of dog that were traditionally used for the blood sports of baiting and dog fighting, but today are kept for other purposes, including companion dogs, guard dogs and catch dogs. Bulldogs are typically stocky, powerful, square-built animals with large, strong, brachycephalic-type muzzles. "Bull" is a reference that originated in England that refers to the sport of bull baiting, which was a national sport in England between the 13th and 18th century. It is believed bulldogs were developed during the 16th century in the Elizabethan era from the larger mastiffs, as smaller, more compact dogs were better suited for baiting.
List of bulldog breeds
- Alano Español (Spanish Bulldog)
- Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
- American Bulldog
- Campeiro Bulldog
- Continental Bulldog
- French Bulldog
- Olde English Bulldogge
- Perro de Presa Mallorquin
- Serrano Bulldog
- Bullenbeisser (German Bulldog)
- Old English Bulldog
- Toy Bulldog
Old English Bulldog in Paris, 1863
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