This Friday is Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day! While some people may not think the wrinkly faces, stocky build, and slobbery mouth match their idea of the peak of physical specimen, the American Kennel Club ranked them fourth in the nation for all breeds in 2015 and 2016!
Since this day is to honor and recognize bulldogs across the globe, here are some fun facts about them:
- Bulldogs are related to the Asiatic Mastiff, which dates back to Mesopotamia circa 4,000 B.C.
- The general category of bulldogs originated from the British Isles, where they were officially recognized as a breed in 1886.
- According to the American Kennel Club, bulldogs are calm, courageous, and friendly.
- Today, there are over 40 different breeds of bulldogs, which include the English Bulldog, Australian Bulldog, Red-Tiger Bulldog, and Victorian Bulldog.
Thankfully, bulldogs are normally not targeted by the kind of breed-specific restrictions and bans that unjustly haunt other breeds. PIJAC opposes these breed-specific measures because public safety laws should be based on sound science in order to protect the public from dangerous animals. Furthermore, breed-specific ordinances and laws deny prospective pet owners their right to the healthy pet of their choice.
Breed-specific restrictions are often knee-jerk reactions to public outrage. Ownership prohibitions may offer comfort in the wake of a tragedy, but they simply do not achieve what advocates set out to do. In fact, research shows the two best ways to discourage violence in pets are to treat and train them well.
In other words, educated and ethical pet ownership lead to happy and healthy homes and communities. It’s PIJAC’s job to help policymakers recognize these realities with the help of pet owners and the responsible pet industry.