How long do bulldogs live?

To give the right answer to the question, we will discuss about the genetic facts of all bulldog kind starting from history and then health of this dog breed.


In the 1500’s the term bulldog was mentioned in literature and the term used back then was Bondogge and Bolddogge. The modern spelling for the dog family came in the literature in 1631 and 1632 in a literature and in 1666 a scientist, Christopher Merret applied the term bull dog or bear dog as an entry in “Pinax Rerum Naturalium Britannicarum”

How long bulldogs lived in this era? Well, they lived for about 2 years since they were mainly used for the cruel animal sport of bull baiting.

When the 1800’s came bull baiting became an illegal sport and the bulldogs almost disappeared due to their ferocious nature cultivated during more than 2 centuries.

How long do bulldogs live by then? The bulldog’s life span extended to around 6 years at most. Since then, bulldogs were used for various strength based work as they were bulky with all that muscles.

At the turn of the 20th century the bulldog was became a famous breed for their unique appearance. Since then, good breeding practices has removed the aggression from this family of dogs.


How long do bulldogs live now? A 2004 UK survey of 180 bulldogs put their life span of about 8-10 years. The leading causes of death was cardiac related due to how the bulldog’s body is configured. Second leading cause of death is cancer.

They have a lot of health issues due to their build. The issues ranges from cardio-vascular issues, hip issues, Patellar luxation, interdigital cysts, cherry eye, and joints issues.

Also because of their built, over 80% of bulldogs were born with Caesarean section.


How long do bulldogs live with proper care? They can actually live until up to 12 with proper care, love, and attention.

They need to be cleaned thoroughly and every fold and bend on their skin must be cleaned of dirt and grime on a daily basis.

Like all dogs, these ones require exercise as excess fat and weight are dangerous for their bones and might lead to a plethora of health issues.

A bulldog is also prone to overheating as their nasal cavity is small unlike other breeds. This makes bulldogs sensitive to heat and will require lots of cooling in hot weather. They also need good ventilation due to that small nasal cavity.

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