The English Bulldog Temperament Overall

The English Bulldog actually has a background as a fighting dog, which gives the breed strong shoulders and scowling faces. But years of careful breeding has tempered down their aggressive tendencies, and in spite of being strong willed, they are very eager to please, and will be devoted companions.

This breed’s temperament is influenced by a number of factors and will vary from dog to dog. Each dog’s family line will play a big role into your pups disposition, so try to meet your puppy’s parents if you’re getting your dog from a breeder. If his parents do not seem to have a good temperament; it’s more likely the puppy will as well. However, it’s not a guarantee.

Training and socialization will also play a part in your old English Bulldog’s temperament. Those that have been trained early on, despite their resistance, and have also been introduced to other animals at an early age, will be more likely to have a nice dog they can bring anywhere.

An English Bulldog does make a great family pet despite their aggressive past, and is known just as much for their patience and affectionate nature around children as their bravery. Your Bulldog will be happy to play and wrestle around with you and your children (unless it’s nap time) and will prove to be very gentle and patient with children who don’t yet understand the dog’s boundaries.

This doesn’t mean a little nip is out of the question if the child pushes the dog too far, but it typically takes a while for things to reach that point. Make sure to always supervise your children around your English Bulldog just to be sure. Your child needs to learn to be gentle with your dog just as much as the other way around.

English Bulldogs can be a bit protective of their family when strangers are around, and some can be slightly hostile toward unfamiliar dogs. However, most can be compatible with other pets, especially if they are raised together with other animals. Just remember to keep your pups food bowl away!