The Victorian Bulldog breed is a medium-sized dog that is slightly larger and taller than English Bulldogs. Male Victorian Bulldogs measure around 41 to 48 centimetres (16 to 19 inches) in height and weigh around 32 to 34 kilos (65 to 75 pounds). Female Victorian Bulldogs stand about 38 to 48 centimetres tall and weigh approximately 27 to 29 kilos (60 to 65 pounds).
The male Victorian Bulldog is larger than his female counterpart. The female Victorian Bulldog, on the other hand, has a shorter build than the male. Litter sizes of this dog breed average between 3 and 6 puppies. A Victorian Bulldog puppy reaches his full size once he is around 1 to 2 years of age.
Victorian Bulldogs have a muscular and athletic build with thick bones. They have either button- or rose-shaped ears. Their eyes are low-set and spaced wide apart. They have a wide and well-defined chest.
Their large, wide nostrils have loose skin. Although they possess the short face and broad muzzle of a Bulldog, it isn't short enough to cause breathing difficulties.
The Victorian Bulldogs' thick necks have dewlaps on either side because of their loose skin. They have broadly spaced shoulders and strong, straight legs. Their feet are round and compact.
Their tails can be corkscrew-shaped, straight, or dangle downwards. However, it should not be carried over the back.
The Victorian Bulldog breed is single-coated. His fur is dense, short, and straight. His fur colouration greatly varies, but the most common are solid red and white.
There are also brindle, pied, and fawn coloured coats. Any coat that comes in solid black or a combination of black and other colours is considered undesirable.
Victorian Bulldogs shed moderately throughout the year. However, it becomes heavier during shedding seasons, which occurs twice a year. This dog breed is not hypoallergenic and may not be the right fit for dog owners with allergies.
Grooming the Victorian Bulldog is not as time-consuming as other breeds as he is low-maintenance. Brush your dog at least 2 or 3 times a week using a firm bristled brush.
As the Victorian Bulldog has loose skin on his face and neck, make sure to wipe it every day. Use a damp cloth to clean the folds. Check the creases regularly and dry these areas when they become too moist.
Bathe your Victorian Bulldog occasionally to keep his coat from drying out and keep skin problems at bay. Once a month or when necessary.
The Victorian Bulldog breed needs his ears checked and cleaned every week. Look out for any signs of infection such as swelling, foul odour, redness, and unusual discharge. Inform the vet if your dog shows these symptoms. Trim his nails weekly and brush his teeth every day.
As a smushed-face breed with loose jowls, the Victorian Bulldog is prone to drooling. Always keep a clean towel with you to wipe off his slobber. Other ways to prevent his drool from dropping on the floor or various furniture is by tying a handkerchief around his neck.
What is the difference between a Victorian Bulldog and an English bulldog?
Victorian Bulldogs are leaner and larger than English Bulldogs. They have smaller heads that are more proportional to their bodies. Their noses are also longer, allowing them to breathe more easily. English Bulldogs sport bigger, wider heads and stockier bodies compared to their Victorian cousins.
These breed's differences in physique largely affect their health. Victorian Bulldogs are considered healthier than English Bulldogs. They are less prone to breathing problems and other health issues that are common in English Bulldogs. These include genetic diseases and cardiovascular disorders.
Birthing is easier for the female Victorian Bulldog, as she has lower chances of delivering by caesarean section. In contrast, 80% of English Bulldogs give birth via caesarean section to avoid complications due to their large heads.