April 21st

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We commemorate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day annually on the 21st of April. This special day is dedicated to celebrating the beloved bulldog breed, easily recognized by their strong physical form, characteristic snub-nosed face, and delightful folds of skin.

This day is meant for everyone to acknowledge and cherish these delightful, loyal pets, while also highlighting their distinct traits and appealing characteristics. It’s the perfect day to connect with other bulldog enthusiasts and lavish your own bulldog with an extra dose of attention and love.

History of National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day is an exceptional celebration observed annually on the 21st of April in the United States. The concept behind this special day is to appreciate this unique canine breed, draw attention to its unique qualities, and debunk misconceptions related to the breed.

Bulldogs, also known as English Bulldogs, originated in England in the 13th century. They were originally used for a bloody sport called bull-baiting, where dogs were used to pin and hold bulls by the nose. When bull-baiting was made illegal in 1835, bulldogs almost disappeared. However, breed enthusiasts worked to breed out their ferocity and emphasize their better qualities.

They were brought to America where they continued to grow in popularity and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886. Today, Bulldogs are known for being friendly, gentle companions.

National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day is a tribute to the Bulldogs’ endearing qualities of loyalty and gentleness. They might look tough on the outside, but they’re known to be friendly, easy-going, and patient. Part of the agenda on this day is to persuade people to adopt Bulldogs from animal shelters and rescue centers and to generate awareness about the breed’s potential health issues.

National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day Timeline

Origin of Bulldogs

Bulldogs have a long history and were originally bred in the United Kingdom. They were bred to participate in a brutal sport called bull-baiting.

Bulldog breeds diversify

With urbanization in England, the role of Bulldogs changed. They were selectively bred for temperament, which led to the emergence of the Bulldog as known today.

Recognition by the American Kennel Club

The Bulldog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club and quickly rose in popularity due to its unique appearance and friendly nature.

Inclusion as a mascot

The Bulldog is widely used as a school mascot in many colleges and schools across the United States including Yale University.

National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

An annual holiday to honor and celebrate the beauty of bulldogs.

Ideas to Celebrate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

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Bulldogs Photoshoot

Arrange a professional photoshoot for your bulldog. These pictures could be used to create custom calendars or canvas prints that you can give to friends and family as gifts, or hang them in your home as a way of celebrating your pet being part of the family

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Organize a Bulldog Meet-up

Gather all bulldog owners in your local area for a day of socializing and playing. Organize activities that bulldogs can participate in and enjoy. This could also include a bulldog parade where they show-off their unique personalities.

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Pampering Spa day for Bulldogs

Treat your bulldog to a day of pampering at a pet spa. This could include a doggie massage, a bath, grooming their coat, and trimming their nails. This will not only make them look and feel their best, it will also promote their health and wellbeing.

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Bulldog Themed Party

Throw a bulldog-themed party for your friends and their pets. Decorate your home with bulldog-inspired decor and serve dog-friendly treats. You could even ask the human guests to come dressed as bulldogs for added fun. It’s a perfect way to honor and celebrate the unique charm of bulldogs.

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Bulldog Adoption

Consider adopting a Bulldog from a local shelter or rescue group, to give it a loving home. If you can't adopt, consider donating supplies or money to bulldog rescue organizations in honor of the day.

8 Interesting Facts About Bulldogs


Origin of The Breed

Bulldogs were originally bred in the United Kingdom for bull baiting, a popular sport in the Medieval times. They got their name 'bull' dog because of this association with bull baiting.


Calm and Courageous

Despite their tough appearance, Bulldogs are known to be calm, friendly, and courageous. They make great pets because of their gentle and protective nature.


Prone to Heat Stroke

Because of their short snouts and compact breathing system, Bulldogs are susceptible to heat strokes. They prefer cooler environments and don’t fare well in highly humid or hot conditions.


The Marine Mascot

The U.S. Marine Corps unofficially use a Bulldog named Chesty as their mascot. The use of a bulldog as the Marine Corps' mascot started in World War I.


Swimming Challenges

Bulldogs are not the best swimmers. Their short legs and uniquely shaped bodies make it hard for them to stay afloat. If they go near pools or large bodies of water, they need to be monitored closely.


Rarely Bark

Bulldogs rarely bark unless there is a good reason. They are generally quiet dogs, but if they do start barking, it’s a good idea to see why as it could be something serious.


Celebrity Pet Choice

Bulldogs are a favorite breed among celebrities. David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, and Leonardo DiCaprio are just a few famous bulldog owners.


Frequently used as a University Mascot

Universities often use Bulldogs as mascots, with over 40 in the United States, including Yale University, University of Georgia and Georgetown University.

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