|Country of origin|
|FCI:||Group 2 Section 2|
|ANKC:||Group 7 (Non-Sporting)|
|CKC:||Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs|
|Breed standards (external links)|
|FCI, AKC, ANKC, KC(UK), NZKC|
Bulldog is a medium-sized dog breed, originally used for the cruel practice of bullbaiting, in which trained bulldogs attacked and killed tied-up bulls for amusement during the 17th century. The practice of bullbaiting was banned in England in 1835. Bulldogs are similar in appearance to the Boston Terrier.
The bulldog has a very smooth coat, wrinkly cheeks, powerful front legs and smaller hind legs. Contrary to classic cartoon parodies which depicted the bulldog as ferocious and wearing a spiked dog collar, the bulldog is not a vicious dog breed and gets along well with both humans and other dog breeds.