While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Bulldog to grow. Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult male Bulldog = 50 lbs
Average weight of adult female Bulldog = 40 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult Bulldog = 12-15 inches
A little about the Bulldog:
The Bulldogs origins are from a cruel “sport” called Bull Baiting in England. They were bread specifically for this sport. Bulls were tied to an iron stake with a thirty foot rope. Pepper was blown up the bull’s nose before the event to enrage the bull. At this time trained Bulldogs were sent in one at a time to immobilize the bull. A successful attack resulted in the Bulldog fastening its teeth onto the bull’s snout.
This practice was not only considered to be entertainment but it was also believed that the bull’s meat was of better quality if the bull was baited before being butchered. There were actually many towns that had laws requiring a bull needing to be baited before allowing it to be put on sale. Some Bulldogs were also set against bears for bear baiting, purely for entertainment.
In 1835, bull baiting was outlawed. With the Bulldogs primary function now lost their popularity dropped greatly. If it wasn’t for the respect they gained and a large group of admirers the bread would most likely have become extinct. The English Bulldog was eventually crossed with a pug to resemble what we now consider the modern Bulldog. The modern Bulldog looks tough but in fact could no longer perform in Bull Baiting. It is shorter and no longer has the athleticism to run and be thrown by the bull. Also, its short muzzle couldn’t grip the bull as it did before crossing it with a pug. The aggressiveness that the Bulldog needed has for the most part been breaded out. They are docile, friendly and often very comical. These characteristics make for a wonderful family pet.
Bulldogs don’t need a lot of exercise and are ideal for living in an apartment.
Remember that just because your Bulldog doesn’t need a lot exercise each day it doesn’t mean you can neglect the daily exercise they do need. Consider this when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Bulldog exercise requirements = 1 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the Bulldog = 8-12 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems.
Your Bulldog will show you that he’s not getting enough mental and/or physical exercise by not behaving well at home. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.