Bull dogs owe their typical names to their use in bull fights as a popular bull bait. These fights were extremely violent where the bull's nose was packed with pepper. The bull dog were used as the bait to enrage the bulls into fighting.
Quite contrary to the image conjured by this, the bulldog is quite friendly and docile in its behavior. They are known to be loyal and faithful to the family they live with. Their loyal nature doesn't allow them to loiter beyond the garden fence unless accompanied by a chaperon. They are known to be quite compatible with other pets, humans and even with other dogs.
Bulldogs can live up to 10-11 years in the normal course. As per a survey, cardiac arrest was the main cause of the death of a bulldog, as many as 20 per cent of deaths o bulldogs were due to a cardiac disorder. This was closely followed by cases that died because of cancer, which was 18 per cent.
Bulldogs are extremely sensitive to heat. Most of their sweat comes out through the pads on their feet. They should be kept in air-conditioned places or where there is adequate ventilation. They can easily become overheated and die of hypothermia if they are subjected to unfavorable conditions for a long time.