The Bulldog weighs between 40 and 50 pounds, and stands 28 to 38 centimetres at the withers. It has an iconic appearance, which is why the breed often becomes a mascot or part of cartoon shows. The Bulldog is a compact and broad dog with a big head and a wrinkly forehead. It has thick shoulders and chest, and sturdy limbs. It has a droopy upper lip and undershot lower jaw. Because of its flat nose, expect a lot of snorting, snuffling and flatulence.
According to The Kennel Club, the colour of the Bulldog should be whole or smut with black mask or muzzle. The standard colours are brindle, red, white, fawn, fallow, as well as pied. Black, Dudley and black-with-tan are considered highly undesirable. The breed is relatively low maintenance, clean and a moderate shedder. It has a short, smooth, straight and glossy coat that only requires weekly brushing. Bathing can be done as needed, when it is visibly dirty or it starts to have that doggy smell. It is important to wipe its face with a damp cloth or baby wipes to clean its wrinkles and tear stains.
To avoid dental problems, make sure that you brush the Bulldog’s teeth at least twice a day and provide it with dental chews, which can help in maintaining good oral health. Also trim its nails to prevent painful overgrowth. Its ears should regularly be cleaned and skin checked for ticks and fleas.