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No longer used for baiting bulls, the Bulldog just wants to love, eat, and sleep.

No longer used for baiting bulls, the Bulldog just wants to love, eat, and sleep.

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At first glance, that seems the most natural home for the Bulldog, who looks for all the world like a slightly tipsy committee of cartoonists designed him.

There’s the solid, wide body, with all the finesse of a bowling ball. The smushed-in face (to impress at cocktail parties, you want to use the correct term brachycephalic). The undershot jaw protruding in a perpetual pout. And the rolling gait that hints at Charlie Chaplin by way of the Buddha.

At once exaggerated and grand, ferocious-looking and affable, the Bulldog is a man-made meld of contradictions, culminating in a breed that grabs attention the way a cabbie grabs his tip.

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