Here’s a picture showing all three different breeds together so you can visually see what the difference is. From left to right French Bulldog, American Bulldog and English Bulldog.
There are many breeds of bulldogs but by far the most popular and well known are the English Bulldog, the French Bulldog and the American Bulldog. Bulldogs are descendents of the Asiatic Mastiffs and were originally used in bull bating arenas as they were strong and brave enough to take on bulls, hence the name Bulldog. After bull baiting became banned bulldogs became pets.
With a large head, shortened muzzle, undershot jaw and a strong, square build, bulldogs appear formidable but these drooling, heavy breathers are big softies that are gentle and patient and one of the most popular dog breeds around.
The differences between the English, French and American bulldog are many. First of all the country of origin is respective to the name, the sizes and temperaments are different as well.
The English bulldog is considered the classic bulldog. It is a medium sized dog. It has a large, stocky body, big head, wrinkled face, short legs and a wide stance. Even though they can look gruff and intimidating they are actually quite gentle and attention seeking with their owners but are quite protective and make an excellent guard dog that intruders wouldn’t want to mess with. They are also bullheaded and determined and can be quite persistent and don’t give up easily. But with an adorable face like that how could you possibly say no?
The French bulldog, also known as the Frenchie, is smallest of the three bulldogs. It still has the sturdy, stocky body, short legs and the cute wrinkled face but everything is on a smaller scale. This dog is a great lap dog and is fun, playful and affectionate but not yappy. They have less health issues and a slightly longer life expectancy than English bulldogs and also get along great with other animals.
The American bulldog is the largest of the three. This is a large sized, athletic, agile dog. It has longer legs than the English and French Bulldogs. Where the English bulldog would prefer to lounge around the American bulldog loves activity and sports. This dog is very loyal, reliable, brave and determined and is known for its acts of heroism toward its master. It also genuinely loves children and is very protective of its owners.
Cute video compilation of some funny Bulldog moments. These little darlings will steal your heart!