Fun English Bulldog Facts For Kids

Joan Agie
Oct 20, 2022 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Kidadl Team
Here are English Bulldog facts about the popular dog breed that is a perfect companion for kids
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.5 Min

The English Bulldog is also called the Bulldog and the British Bulldog. According to history, they originated in the British Isles in the 13th century but were not recognized as a breed until the 19th century. These dog breeds were used in World War II. The Blue English Bulldog, merle English Bulldog, white English Bulldog, black English Bulldog are some of the commonly found British Bulldogs. History suggests that they were used in bull baiting sports, in England, as a bull baiting companion due to their thick set body. This was until bull baiting sports were completely banned in England.

This British Bulldog was the favorite of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. After reading about this popular dog breed, you may also look at Catahoula bulldog facts and valley bulldog facts on our website. 

English Bulldog Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an English Bulldog?

An English Bulldog is a dog species. This dog breed has a docile personality and they are extremely friendly. They have unusually large heads. These breeds are actually bred to have larger heads over time. These dogs with medium energy levels are known to be a symbol of courage all over the world among communities.

What class of animal does an English Bulldog belong to?

An English Bulldog belongs to the mammals class of animals. This dog breed is one of the purebred dog breeds. It is one of the three Bulldog breeds in the world: the English Bulldog, the American Bulldog, and the French Bulldog. They have natural wrinkles on their face.

How many English Bulldogs are there in the world?

The total population of English Bulldogs in the world has not been disclosed. The American Kennel Club keeps track of the mating and reproduction of the English Bulldogs.

Where does an English Bulldog live?

An English Bulldog lives in a house. They are friendly breeds who get along well with families. They should not be left outside the house for much longer.

What is an English Bulldog's habitat?

English Bulldogs are family pets. This dog breed lives in the houses of its owners. They are almost large sized dogs. They need their space for comfortable resting. English Bulldogs prefer to have their food and clean drinking water at an accessible position.

Who do English Bulldogs live with?

English Bulldogs live with people. Well adapted personality of this dog breed makes living with people easier. They get along with dogs very easily. They not only get along with dogs but also with pets.

How long does an English Bulldog live?

The English Bulldog lifespan is of three to 12 years. The short lived ones mostly die due to some health conditions or illness. These long-lived English Bulldogs are known to live peacefully and enjoy their life if proper care of their health is provided.

How do they reproduce?

English Bulldogs cannot reproduce naturally without human help. Females of this breed come into heat every six months. They show a red vaginal discharge when they are near their mating period. After the red discharge stops the males can be brought in for mating. Mating can be done in the next two to three weeks in order to get the female pregnant. Allow multiple matings with safe resting periods on multiple days. Do not leave the male and female alone because they might need help in mating. Due to their body build the males face difficulty in mounting the female. The incubation period is 65-67 days. This period is counted from the day the first mating was conducted. Natural vaginal delivery is very difficult in females of English Bulldogs due to the large heads of puppies. Most commonly C sections are performed by doctors which have a longer recovery period than normal delivery.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of English Bulldogs is Least Concern. This dog breed is constantly bred all over the world. Hence, their population has no endangerment issues as of yet.

English Bulldog Fun Facts

What do English Bulldogs look like?

English Bulldogs have a muscular body. Their appearance is very hefty looking. They have a short fur coat. They come in colors such as brindle, solid white, red, fawn, yellow and piebald. They have wide shoulders and heads. The shoulders even have biceps. They also have thick necks. Their faces have a lot of loose skin and wrinkles. The wrinkles are also thick. The nose of an English Bulldog is short and flat. It looks like it is pushed in. They have a short tails. Their teeth are very sharp. Their eyes are set low as well.

An English bulldog has thick wrinkles and a short coat.

How cute are they?

English Bulldogs are very cute. Their faces are covered in wrinkles which look extremely adorable. The wrinkles give them a cute look. Their short height appeals the most to the children. It becomes easier for this dog breed to play with someone having the same height as them.

How do they communicate?

English Bulldogs can communicate within themselves as well as with other breeds of dogs. They also communicate with humans through various gestures like tail wagging, rolling, and jumping. Their vocals include snoring, wheezing, burping, snorting, grunting, purring, and extremely heavy breathing. They are outstanding commutators and express their feelings very well through gestures and sounds. They spread their liveliness in the household they live in.

How big is an English Bulldog?

The English Bulldog is a medium sized dog. These dogs are short heightened breeds with their height standing between only 14-15 in (35.5-38.1 cm). An English Bulldog is two times bigger than a cat.

How fast can an English Bulldog run?

An English Bulldog is a fast runner. It can run at a maximum speed of 14.9 mph (23.9 kph). Running makes an amazing exercise for this breed.

How much does an English Bulldog weigh?

Males and females of the English Bulldog breed have different weight ranges. Males weigh in the range of 50-55 lb (22.6-24.9 kg) while females weigh between 40-50 lb (18.1-22.6 kg). On average the English Bulldog weight is between 45-50 lb (20.4-22.6 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Males of the English Bulldog breed are called dogs and females are called bitches.

What would you call a baby English Bulldog?

A baby English Bulldog is called a puppy.

What do they eat?

The English Bulldogs are fed dog food. Along with that, they can eat bananas, uncooked chicken, grains, peanut butter, cooked eggs, carrots, strawberries, cheeses with less mold, yogurt, oranges, kiwis, and seedless apples.

Are they dangerous?

The English Bulldog has a great temperament and personality. They are friendly in nature and harming anyone is never on their to do list. Hence they are not at all a danger to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

English Bulldogs can be great companions to children, other dogs, and animals. English Bulldog puppies are very friendly, have great energy levels, and are popular dogs. They need regular exercise. They are prone to skin infections. Overall they make amazing pets.

Did you know...

The English Bulldogs coat needs grooming two to three times a week.

Labored breathing is very common in healthy English Bulldogs and is not a sign of concern.

English Bulldogs have the honor of being a mascot of the United States Marine Corps. Many bases in the United States have their mascot with them.

Around 40 universities in America have English Bulldogs as their official mascot.

Characteristics and health

The English Bulldog temperament and characteristics are equable, kind, resolute, friendly, stubborn, patient, and courageous. They are generally a healthy breed of dogs. But they are prone to common health problems including hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, skin infections, and cherry eye. Their nose should be checked and cleaned frequently.

Getting your own English Bulldog

An English Bulldog puppy on average costs $1,400-$1,600. This is the standard English Bulldog price.  You can get an original purebred from breeders in your neighborhood. English Bulldogs are extremely friendly, healthy, and excellent family dogs. They get around super well with children. Training, exercise, and sports are necessary for obedience. They are easy to train dogs and will fit perfectly as your family pets. Their coat grooming needs are not too much.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these bulldog facts and American bulldog pitbull facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our bulldog coloring pages.

English Bulldog Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Small animals and birds

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?

4-6 puppies

How Much Did They Weigh?

Males: 50-55 lb (22.6-24.9 kg) Females: 40-50 lb (18.1-22.6 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

plains and grasslands

Where Do They Live?

australia, europe, the united states of america, asia, and africa

How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?

14-15 in (35.5-38.1 cm)







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Brindle, solid white, red, fawn, yellow, and piebald

Skin Type

Fur coat

What Are Their Main Threats?

health problems

What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern
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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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