The Victorian Bulldog is a muscular and athletic breed of dog. Their stout limbs, wide nostrils, broad muzzle, rose or button ears and loose-hanging skin give them the typical look of the bulldog. The eyes of these dogs are set low and wide apart, and their canine teeth are large. Their wide chest, straight and muscular forelegs, broad shoulders, all added up to their stocky look. This loyal and trustworthy dog is said to be a ‘favorite to the elite classes’.
|Colors||Solid white or pied, fawn or fallow, all brindles, solid red|
|Group (of Breed)||Bulldog|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Height (size)||Medium; 16-19 inches|
|Temperament||Reliable, loyal, affectionate|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with other Pets||Yes|
Some opine that this Bulldog is the successful result of the efforts of an enthusiastic breeder Ken Mollett in 1980, who wanted to bring back the bulldog that existed during the Victorian era. However, it has also been debated whether this bulldog, available now for sale in the US states, is one and the same as the Mollett Victorian Bulldog.
Loyalty and sobriety are the prime lineaments of the Victorian bulldog. This trustworthy dog has the typical temperament of a bulldog.
Rightly termed as the ‘people’s dog’, they love all kind of people, enjoying every moment of their company, and looking forward to their attention. So do they love kids, and are even good with other pets in the family, making them a complete family dog. However, at times, they would tend to get fussy with other dogs, if proper leadership training is not imparted.
Although one might easily get intimidated by its appearance, they are one of the most docile, affectionate and dependable dogs. With a strong protective instinct, the VB makes a great guard dog as well. These dogs do well in a moderate climate since they tend to chill down easily and take a long time to cool down, once heated up in the hot weather.
Like all bulldog breeds, the most important part in grooming your VB is cleaning its folds. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean your dog’s folds thoroughly because it is easy for the dirt to settle inside the folds and might give your dog frequent skin issues.
The Victorian Bulldog responds well to simple obedience training. Being intelligent and interactive, they would relate well with their human masters and pick up training fast. However, they respond best if your training process is gentle. Be sure to give pack-leader training to your puppies well in advance.
Like other breeds of bulldogs, insist on a raw diet for your Victorian bulldog. However, a meat-only diet is not recommended since bones, stomachs, intestines were also a part of their primitive dietary habits.
Also remember, amongst the dogs, especially bulldogs cannot tolerate excess of protein in their diet since this might give them hot spots.
Other than meat, bones, and other animal parts, also serve them with raw eggs, fruits, semi-cooked vegetables, yogurt, etc. in order to ensure a balanced daily meal.