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English Bulldog insurance and breed information

Stocky, yet soft at heart - the English Bulldog is a lovable and courageous family dog.

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At a glance

20 to 40 minutes of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 8 to 10 years

Medium, between 18kg and 25kg

Docile, loyal, friendly

English Bulldog silhouette showing their height to  be between 30cm and 38cm

20 to 40 minutes of exercise a day

Life expectancy of 8 to 10 years

Medium, between 18kg and 25kg

Docile, loyal, friendly

English Bulldog silhouette showing their height to  be between 30cm and 38cm

The English Bulldog – your tender but tenacious companion

Sweet and gentle, the English Bulldog is a nice mix of courage, love and loyalty. Due to their low exercise needs and love of children, they often make a fantastic family dog. They can live with a small, or no, garden, and love to spend most of their time relaxing on the sofa.

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Buying or rehoming an English Bulldog

It’s possible to buy a Bulldog puppy from a reputable breeder, or you can rescue one. Either way, you’ll want to prepare before your new dog’s arrival. Consider the following:

  • Make sure there is a safe environment for your dog at home, and somewhere for them to relax
  • Have a look at the best diet for your Bulldog and get some food
  • Buy a lead, collar, ID tag and some durable toys
  • Prepare your family, especially children, to learn how to interact with your new pet
  • Secure your garden, checking for holes in fencing or bushes
  • Bulldogs can shed moderately year-round so read up on grooming routines and techniques. You may need to clean their wrinkles to prevent bacteria build-up
  • Plan the best way to exercise your Bulldog. This can include walks, play with other dogs or playing fetch. It's important not to overexert your Bulldog when planning their exercise routine
  • Bulldogs are prone to certain health issues, and any dog can get into an accident. Consider your pet insurance options.

Fun fact

Bulldogs are often referred to as ‘gentle giants’ and are known for being great with children.

Top 5 health conditions in English Bulldogs

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for English Bulldogs. Information is based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
23
£1,163.21
20
£1,910.88
9
£851.91
5
£917.99
5
£910.69
Condition
Number of claims
23
Average paid out
£1,163.21
Condition
20
Average paid out
£1,910.88
Condition
9
Average paid out
£851.91
Condition
5
Average paid out
£917.99
Condition
5
Average paid out
£910.69
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in English Bulldogs

A Bulldog's head shape and skin folds can make them prone to certain health issues. This includes respiratory illnesses and skin infections. The average lifespan for a Bulldog is between 8 and 10 years.

Click on the hotspots to find out more about the Bulldog’s most common health issues. Data provided by our in-house vet team (November 2023).

English Bulldog hotspots illustration
BOAS
Allergies/skin problems
Hip dysplasia
Cherry eye

How are premiums likely to grow for older Bulldogs?

As with any pet, the cost of insuring your English Bulldog will increase as they age. As they get older, dogs are more likely to develop health issues and are likely to need more veterinary care.

English Bulldogs are prone to breathing and skin problems. As your Bulldog ages, these issues become more likely to surface. This can result in higher premiums in comparison to other breeds, such as Labradors.

Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"Bulldogs may have a tough looking, muscular exterior, but they are loyal, brave, gentle and loving dogs that are great with kids. Due to their flat faces (brachycephalic) they can struggle with exercising, especially in warmer months. Keep exercise moderate."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet
Close up of an English Bulldog with its mouth closed
English Bulldog standing on the grass
Close up of a brown and white English Bulldog with its tongue out
Close up of an English Bulldog with its mouth closed
English Bulldog standing on the grass
Close up of an English Bulldog with its mouth closed
English Bulldog standing on the grass
Close up of a brown and white English Bulldog with its tongue out

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English Bulldog temperament and family friendliness

Bulldogs have a reputation for being great with families. They are gentle and affectionate and enjoy spending time relaxing at home. Suitable for households with limited dog walking time, or with a small to no garden.

Children must be taught how to safely interact with dogs, and to give them space. Although naturally good-natured, the temperament of any dog must be nurtured. 

Family friendly

  • Loyal
  • Gentle
  • Friendly
  • Docile