Breed of the Week: English Bulldog

This week’s featured breed is the lovable English Bulldog! Commonly known to be the comic relief wherever they go. They can be couch potatoes one moment, then running laps at full speed the next! A wonderful breed that can always put a smile on your face with their antics.

Originally developed in England, in the 13th century, English Bulldogs were bred for bull-baiting & guarding. It is believed that they were crossbred from Mastiffs brought over from Asia and the Pug, and through years of specific breeding, we were able to have Mastiff type dogs that were shorter and lower to the ground for better grip and balance, as well as a powerful jaw and determination to lock on to their target and not let go. The Bulldogs were responsible to keep the bulls under control and butchers believed that when bulls were baited before slaughter, that the meat would be more nutritious.

The English Bulldogs you see today are much friendlier and are certainly not put into a ring to fight anymore! But they still have similar characteristics their ancestors had. Today, the English bulldog is known to be a very stubborn breed that will not give up easily if they really want something. This can sometimes make it difficult for training, but don’t worry, they are very food motivated! They love to spend most of the day on the couch with their family, but once in a while they will get a short burst of high energy and need to run laps around the backyard!

Their coat is fairly easy to maintain. Being short-haired, they won’t require hair trimming, but they do still need regular brushing. With that famous wrinkly face, don’t forget to wipe in between the folds of their face to keep it clean otherwise they can easily get infected. Some English bulldog owners will find that their little bully needs their face and under tail wiped daily, while others only need it 1-2 times a week.

English Bulldogs have quite the personality. They will make you laugh on a daily basis and love hanging out with their family. It’s no wonder they are one of the most popular breeds in North America! They easily adapt to living in a home or an apartment, as long as they are with you! The English bulldog is suitable for someone who already has some dog experience due to their stubbornness and may be difficult to train. But with the right owner, they will bring joy and laughter every single day!

Breed of the Week: Basset Hound

The wonderfully cute, short-legged, droopy-faced Basset Hound! This adorable breed just melts your heart with their goofy demeanour, but don’t underestimate them! This breed is as hard-working as they come and always determined to follow their nose!

With their amazing sense of smell, it’s no wonder the Basset Hound was bred to be a hunting dog. Some people believe Basset Hounds were actually created from ‘dwarf’ dogs of other hunting breeds such as Bloodhounds. The shorter pups were bred for many years to eventually give us what we recognise today as the Basset Hound. The breed was taught to hunt in both packs as well as alone so they easily get along with other new dogs and very rarely show signs of dog aggression. Having such short legs does make them a bit slower than most dogs, which is perfect for their masters who are hunting on foot as they are more likely to catch up to the dog when they are on a scent.

Basset Hounds are still a popular companion choice for hunters today. Their sense of smell is a very close second to the Bloodhound.

Not only for avid hunters anymore, this breed makes a wonderful companion and family dog. They are typically extremely friendly dogs that love life and love everyone! The Basset Hound absolutely loves to play, but be careful with this breed at off leash dog parks! Their great sense of smell will often have them forgetting about the rest of the world (including you calling them to come back!). Recall is definitely something you will have to train and manage throughout your Basset Hounds life. It is a great idea to teach them games that use their brain and sense of smell such as ‘search and rescue’.

If you are considering bringing a Basset Hound into your family, keep in mind that being a natural hunter, they will make you aware of every single squirrel on your walk! Sometimes they will alert you with that big bellowing howl (which they do not always limit to outdoors). Basset Hounds like to be couch potatoes when they aren’t chasing down a scent, so make sure to include enough daily exercise as they will easily become overweight (also very food motivated!). Just as with other short-legged breeds, make sure they aren’t jumping or doing too many stairs as this can put a lot of strain on their joints and back, causing future health problems.

The Basset Hound is a great breed for individuals or families. They easily adapt to many different lifestyles. They have a true love for life and will surely make their owners lives brighter too.