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The Bulldog: a Monograph by Edgar Farman

yours as a bonus when you purchase The Healthy Bulldog Guide.

It comes from the chapter titled
The Historical Sketch of the Bulldog
This part talks about the specialized breeding of the bulldog and
for what purpose.

This is just a short exerpt from the over 200 page book,
but it gives you an idea of the great content of this rare book.

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early english bulldog


"From the descriptions given by early writers,
we gather then that the Bulldog possessed
the characteristics of a short muzzle, a large
and massive head, and a broad mouth. The
necessity for these qualifications, having in
mind the work he was called to perform, is
obvious. The under jaw projects beyond
the upper, to enable the dog when running
directly to the front to grasp the bull, and,
when fixed, to give him a firmer hold. The
lower jaw being very thick and strong gives
to   the   mouth   an   appearance   of   curving
upwards across the middle of the face. The
top of the nose inclines backwards, so as to
allow free passage of the air into the nostrils
whilst " holding " on to the bull. It is evident
that did the mouth not project beyond the
nose, and had both jaws and nose been level,
the nostrils would be flat against the part to
which the dog was fixed, and the breathing
would be stopped. "When modern Bulldogs,
as is sometimes the case, have this defective
formation, they are "frog faced" as it is
termed.

Another subject which has caused much
discussion and division of opinion is the
matter of size, one side placing its faith in a
large and lumbering dog, the other advocating
the claims of a large skulled dog, but of
medium size, from forty to fifty pounds in
weight, with the short head approved by the
author of the " Mayster of Game." Here
again the original purpose for which the Bull-
dog was bred should be borne in mind. In
bull-baiting, not only could a smaller dog do
the work as well, probably much better
than a large one, but, as in attacking the
dog usually approached the bull crawling
upon his belly along the ground, the
result would be that a large dog would
be infinitely more likely to fall a victim
to the bull's horns than would a smaller one."


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