The term “Bulldog” includes several dog breeds recognized and not recognized by the FCI. The most popular of these is probably the French Bulldog and the English Bulldog.
Bulldogs are subordinate to the Molossians – bulky, muscular, and strong breeds of dogs. They are among this group’s small to medium-sized members and were initially bred to take on bulls in animal fights. In old breed lines, their physical abilities allowed them to grab the much larger animals and yank them to the ground.
Today, the nature and stature of the Bulldog inbreeding have changed significantly. Well-known representatives recognized by the FCI, such as the French Bulldog and the English Bulldog, have now become popular, peaceful and affectionate family dogs.
French Bulldog and English Bulldog
With its cute bat ears and friendly, funny character, the French Bulldog is a particularly popular representative among the bulldogs and is often kept as a family and companion dog. The breed only weighs between eight and 14 kilograms as an adult, and fans and owners love them for their playful, lively character. The English Bulldog is significantly bulkier, has a friendly, easily trainable and sometimes somewhat stubborn nature.
The FCI does not recognize these bulldogs
The rare and unrecognized bulldog species include the following dogs: The American Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, the American Bulldog, which is listed as a dog in many regions of Germany, and the Australian Bulldog.
An American cross between the American Bulldog and the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the Catahoula Bulldog. Other less well-known dog breeds include the Continental, the Leavitt, the Renascence, and the Victorian Bulldog. Not to be forgotten is the Olde English Bulldogge, a dog breed from the USA that was bred to give the English Bulldogge, which in some cases was heavily overbred, a healthier appearance.