The bulldog has come a long way from where it started as a bull-baiting fighting dog.
Those were some pretty grim times for dogs, especially the bulldog. There’s lots of information on the subject of bull-baiting, so I won’t get into that here. Luckily society has come a long way, and so has the bulldog.
We now have a dog with an excellent personality, and virtually no aggressive tendencies. Bulldogs are as good a pet as any breed, and better than most. The bulldog adapts well to almost any living conditions: city or country life, small apartments or large houses. Best of all, as far as I’m concerned: they require very little grooming and moderate to low exercise. They do, however, have certain health problems, and that’s where proper breeding comes in.
Unfortunately, many breeders in the past have taken the approach that a certain look, a certain colour, or a certain size of dog are more important than overall breed health. This is very evident in the bulldog where short snouts, thick bodies, and broad shoulders trump all. Of course, without these features, you wouldn’t have a bulldog. But, when these or any other characteristics are taken to the extreme, the breed’s health suffers. Unfortunately, so do the individual dogs.
At Fraser Valley Bulldogges, we value health and temperament above outward characteristics such as colour. Our dogs are extremely affectionate, lively, and have no aggressive tendencies. We won’t breed any other kind of dog. The Bulldog is the nexus of everything we value in a dog.