If you're in the market for a canine friend who doesn't require much in the way of exercise, the English bulldog might be for you. His weight and height range fall into the medium size category. One caveat: This easygoing breed readily packs on the pounds, so it's important to keep him at a healthy weight. Your vet can advise you on the best diet for your wrinkly pal.
Bulldog Breed Standard
At maturity, the male English bulldog weighs about 50 pounds, with females 10 pounds lighter. Since it's so easy for this dog to gain weight, it's not uncommon for either gender to weigh a few pounds more than this breed standard. (ref 1) The American Kennel Club breed standard doesn't specify a height limit, but males generally stand about 17 inches tall at the shoulder, with females about 1 inch shorter. (ref 3) However, either sex can range in height from 12 to 17 inches. The AKC standard notes that the bulldog's appearance should indicate "great stability, vigor and strength." (ref 1) This good-natured dog gets along with kids, cats and other canines, and his short coat requires little grooming.
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