Often the most difficult part of getting a new dog as a pet is deciding which dog breed to welcome into your home. While some dog breeds are suitable for lazy lifestyles, others like to be active almost 24/7. It is always up to the new owner to ensure the next addition to the family – no matter how small or big that family is – to feel at ease and to integrate into everyday life and routines easily.
Characteristics of Male and Female Bulldogs
However, if you have weighed your options and the lovable bulldogs are a perfect match, you still need to know whether you wish to get a male or female dog.
But how do you choose?
Like with many dog breeds, the difference between male and female bulldogs is slight, but it can make or break your peaceful life. Therefore, in this post you can read about the main distinction between owning a male or female bulldog and make your choice later.
So, what are the main characteristic differences?
The short answer is that it comes down to the following aspects:
- Physical characteristics
- Temperamental characteristics
- Differences in training
- Health Differences
It might come as a surprise, but not all bulldogs are alike. While at first glance, male and female bulldogs might seem to be identical, there are slight weight and height differences that allow you to make a distinction more easily.
Firstly, male bulldogs are heavier than female ones. To be more specific, the difference in their weight is about 4 pound. Male bulldogs tend to be between 53-55 lbs, while female bulldogs are on the smaller side at 49-51 lbs.
Secondly, male dogs of this breed are taller than their female counterparts. There is usually about a 1 inch difference. This might not seem like much, but with small dog breeds every inch counts! Additionally, male bulldogs have bigger heads. Generally speaking, they have larger builds and have more muscle mass and definition than female bulldogs.
A bulldog is not necessarily an active breed. You will probably not go on long hikes with them. However, there is still a difference between the energy levels of a male and a female bulldog.
Male bulldogs are more energetic, from a your age, but they become more mellow as they get older. They are 50/50 when it comes to playfulness and napping. While they love smaller outdoor breaks, they will also demand their multiple naps during the day. On the other hand, female bulldogs are even less dynamic, and they emit a mature aura from the beginning.
Bulldogs are not aggressive. Well, male bulldogs are not territorial and are usually welcoming towards new people and surroundings. The only issue is their food possessiveness, so keep other pets and kids away from an untrained male bulldog. But female ones WILL protect their nest, in this case their future home. They are less trusting towards strangers and have a problem with food possessiveness.
When it comes to giving and receiving affection, male bulldogs are more likely to enjoy cuddling with family members. Female bulldogs are more givers, they will snuggle with you, but when they are done, they leave. Unless they feel your distress! Female bulldogs can sense uneasiness and as the female of the nest, she will try to comfort anyone with cuddles. However, females are also stubborn and will try to get their way no matter what. Treats are usually a good way to de-escalate their attitudes.
Both male and female bulldogs are good apartment pets. Their small frames and lazy attitudes allow them to live comfortable and fulfilling lives even in small spaces.
Differences in training
Training a male and a female bulldog will lead you to the same obstacle. They are not the brightest breed on the planet, they are stubborn, they will not want to learn from you, but positive reinforcement – preferably with food – will get the job done.
The main difference is the way they pick up on commands. Male bulldogs are easily distracted, by food and playing as a puppy and by just regular laziness when they are older.
Female bulldogs are more serious, and they will learn faster than their male counterparts. But, they are stubborn. Their attention will be on the trainer, but their temperament (or pride) will make them not want to listen to them.
However, if you are resilient, patient and consistent enough, both male and female bulldogs will pick up on the tricks and have good learning progress.
Unfortunately, this is a breed that has a TON of health issues. Most problems are shared between the male and female dogs – which is due to their physical traits. However, females suffer from more issues because of their reproductive systems.
It is highly recommended for bulldog owners to take their pets for regular check-ups.
Male or Female Bulldog: Which One Suits You?
As we have mentioned before, male and female bulldogs share physical, temperamental and health characteristics, and the difference between them is small. However, no matter how tiny something is, when you are thinking of bringing a new living being into your home, you need to make sure both the dog and the members of your household are comfortable.
For that reason, taking a step back and really thinking about what you can offer to the new pet and what you are looking for them to give is important.
If you wish for a bit more active pet, that is not as stubborn and loves to cuddle – think about getting a male bulldog. However, if you want a bit more independent dog, with a strong sense for comforting you even if they need their own space at times – look at options for a female bulldog.
But, whatever your final choice will be, you need to know this. Bulldogs are one of the most lovable and adorable dog breeds. They are little, fat rays of sunshine which will brighten up your everyday day life.