We may be justly proud of the Bulldog we know today, and we must express our gratitude to our British cousins, who realized the value of the English Bull sufficiently to preserve him for
The Bulldog, to the best of our knowledge, had its origin
in the British Isles. The name "bull" was applied because of the dog's use in the sport of bull baiting, which was extremely cruel. The original Bulldog had to be very ferocious and so savage and
courageous as to be almost insensitive to pain.
In 1835 dog fighting as a sport became illegal in England.
Therefore, the English Bulldog had outlived his usefulness and his days were numbered. However, there were dog lovers who felt deep disappointment at the passing of the bred, and they set themselves
the task of preserving it. They proceeded to eliminate the undesirable fierce characteristics and to preserve and accentuate the finer qualities. Within a few generations, the English Bulldog became
one of the finest physical specimens, minus its original viciousness.
Taken from http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog/history.cfm
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