As a life long Bulldog lover, it deeply depresses me to say that the purebred English Bulldog is truly not doing so well. This fact was hard for me to accept, but the breed as we know it today should no longer be bred with one another--but this certainly does not mean that we will have to say goodbye to our wrinkly, wobbly friends. The traditional English Bulldog is in danger, but the Victorian Bulldog can save them. We are all aware of the health problems existent in the modern day English Bulldog (breathing problems, heart problems, ingrown tails, high risk of infections and cancer, low birthing rate, etc.), but these are all problems that the Victorian Bulldog breed has partly done away with, and more progress is being made as this breed gets older.
Over the past 150 years, due entirely to interbreeding, the English Bulldog has received a flatter face, shorter legs, and more wrinkles. Although these traits are more desirable among Bulldog lovers, the severity of these conditions has put the entirety of this gentle, loving breed at a very high heath risk, and we are to blame. The flatter face is linked to their smaller windpipes, which can cause suffocation and overheating; the short legs have reduced its athletic ability; and the wrinkles, although known as the cutest feature, if not cleaned properly on a daily basis, can cause pain and possibly dangerous infections. Not to mention that the female Bulldog can only successfully birth her pups very few at a time, and only with the help of a caesarean section.