English Bulldogs are known as gentle, fun to be around and friendly companion dogs. Sadly, they are also known to suffer a lot from different serious health issues, mostly breathing issues, but also skin, dental and joint problems. But it was not always like that! When you look at photos of English Bulldogs that were taken 100 or more years ago, the breed looked very differently, and most importantly, the Bulldogs back than vere much healthier.
And it is no coincidence, because in the past, Bulldogs were used for working purposes. They were used to catch cattle or horses and to help butchers control their livestock. Later they were also used for a bloody so called dog sport bull baiting. But over the time, the bull baiting was banned and there was no other utilization for them, which is why, they started to be bred to be smaller sized dogs which would be good for companionship. But this breeding also destroyed their health.
That is a reason why over the time, several breeders tried to recreate the original English Bulldog. Basically they wanted to keep their amazing temperament, but to increase their health. The most famous recreations are probably Leavitt and Olde English Bulldogges, but those are not the only one, because there is also, for example, the Victorian Bulldog, which this video will be all about!
The Victorian Bulldog started to be developed in 1985 by a breeder Ken Mollett. He wanted to recreate the healthier Bulldog type, similar to those of Victorian era.
He found the best English Bulldogs he could find and crossed them with other bull-breeds that could have been found in Great Britain, which includes Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Bullmastiffs.
He wanted to change the appearance of modern Bulldog to the Victorian Bulldog mainly by prolonging the muzzle, give them more athletic build, longer legs and smaller head.
And today we can say that he was succesfull, at least partially. The Victorian Bulldog is not the exact copy of Bulldogs from Victorian era, but it is definitely healthier breed than the English Bulldog, and is more athletic and fit.
It also remained similar temperament of the English Bulldog, which is why it is beloved and favourite companion dog of many many owners. One of the main difference between the English Bulldog and Victorian Bulldog is the size, because the Victorian Bulldog is visibly larger.
The average height of the Victorian Bulldog is between 16-19 inch, which is 40-50 cm and weight between 55-75 lbs, which is 25-35 kg. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
Victorian Bulldogs typicaly also do not have that deep wrinkles, which are causing skin irritations and thanks to the slightly longer nose, they should not have that much breathing issues neither.
But still, even though different than the English Bulldog, you can still see that these two dogs are closely related. They share many appearance and temperament traits.
Speaking of temperament, what is the Victorian Bulldog like? They do posses gentle, friendly, trustful and tolerant personality. Thanks to that, they also make perfect dog partners for kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised. Victorian Bulldog can also share its home with other dogs or other pets, especially if socialized together from the puppyhood.
Even though more athletic than the English Bulldog, they do not have some extreme exercise needs. Few daily walks accompanied with some playtime are enough to keep this dog happy and healthy. But they are capable of going for longer hikes and walks without any problems. Of course, daily walks are essential for their health and to prevent obesity, which these dogs are prone to.
The Victorian Bulldog might be very friendly towards its family, but they are definitely not pushovers to train. It is not because they are not smart, but they are kind of stubborn. They will learn all the basic obedience commands quickly, but sometimes, they just dont feel like to obey them. It is important to train your Victorian Bulldog patiently, kindly, consistently, but also firmly.
When it comes to the health of Victorian Bulldog, they can still be prone to similar health issues as the English Bulldog, but they are much less common and the breed truly is much healthier. But they can still suffer from some breathing difficulties, even though they are pretty rare. The main health issues are associated with skin conditions and obesity, which can be easily prevented by regular exercise and healthy diet. The breed has a good lifespan around 13 years.
The maintenance and grooming of Victorian Bulldog is also quite easy. If you want to keep the coat in best possible condition, you can brush it from time to time, but even without any grooming, the coat will stay in good condition.
Special attention should be paid to the dental hygiene of dogs with undershot jaws such as the Victorian Bulldog. It is also important to clean and dry the skin around the wrinkles, so you prevent any possible infections. Just like with any other breed, you should also regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
To bred a teacup dog, breeders pair the smallest dogs of the litter (runts of the litter) together. The health of these dogs is not important, only thing that matter is their size. Another way how you can bred a teacup dog is malnourish the puppy, which is againg, causing a lot of health related problems.
Teacup dogs are also too fragile for this world. They can be injured while playing with you or other dogs and they can even injure themselves by jumping down from the sofa.
Dogs life is short, too short. Most of the dogs have average lifespan between 10 to 15 years. But there are some proven ways how to make your dogs life better, healthier and longer.
Healthy diet is the most important thing. Do not buy the cheapest dog food from Walmart. If possible, try to buy no grain dog food. Especially avoid corn and wheat, which are common causes of allergies. Also try to buy dog food that has high amount of meat in it. Or you can feed your dogs with BARF diet.
Obesity is a big risk factor in your dogs health. And some veterinarians are saying, that more than 40% of dogs are overweight. Easy way how to keep your dog on its healthy weight is not to give him our humans food. Never. And closely monitor the amount of dog food we are giving to him. There are always feeding information on labels.
Take care about your dogs teeth. Its very common that dogs, especially the older ones, suffer from gum disease. If your dog will have bad bacterias in its mouth, it can cause a lot more serious problems like infections. And its not hard to brush your dogs teeth, there are special dog toothbrushes for this purpose.
Its important that your dog is having medication or vaccination against fleas, ticks and heartworms. These tiny creatures are spreading some very serious, sometimes even lifethreatening diseases. Vaccinations are not evil, they are helping dogs just as they help us. And today, you dont need to use chemical medications, there are a lot of natural remedies you can use.
Regular veterinarian visits can actually save your dogs life. Its important to monitor dogs health and it is giving the veterinarian chance to spotting any serious health problems before they become too serious. Even if you are sure that your dog is healthy, you should go for a regular vet visit.
I am sure you wondered, what is going inside your dogs brain when they are asleep. If you see your dog appear to running during sleep it just looks like they are dreaming about chasing something. But is this true? Do dogs really have dreams? We do not have ability to talk to dogs, so we cant ask them. But scientist are pretty sure, that dogs do dream during their deep sleep stage.
Its unlikely that dogs are dreams are complex and detailed just like ours. This is just guesses, but scientist believe, that dogs dream about things that are front of mind - protecting you from dangers, chasing birds or squirrels, or romping around with other pups at the dog park. We don’t know with certainty that dogs are dreaming, but the best evidence available supports the idea. And if they are in fact dreaming, we’ll never know for sure what they are dreaming about.
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People loves getting massage. And guess what, dogs like that too. It have lot of benefits for them, it can reduce anxiety and stress level, it can help healing your dog after injury, improves their body functions and it will make better human to dog bond.
It is important, that you will be doing massage on place without distractions. It can be on your garden or in your home, but i would not give my dog massage in a park full of people and other dogs. The massage must be very gentle. The human like massage might be too rough for a dog and he would not like it.
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