by Student A
Bulldogs are self-sufficient and determined, making them a lot more independent than others dogs. This confidence allows them to figure things out without looking at their owners for guidance, the way other breeds might. Bull baiting was a popular sport in the United Kingdom from 1206 up until it was banned in 1835. Bulldogs, which had been bred for the violent sport, would creep low to the ground and attempt to bite the bull’s (or bear’s, or horse’s) nose. These tenacious dogs would hold on for dear life—many times ending in them being thrown into the air by the bull. Many animals (and humans) suffered serious injuries and death during this “sport.” Bulldogs were bred to be bull baiting machines. Their stocky bodies were good for keeping them grounded against a bull’s best efforts to launch them into the air, while their loose skin worked almost like a shield to protect their vital organs. Their face wrinkles served as paths moving the blood down their faces and out of their eyes, and an undershot jaw pushed their bottom teeth up, giving them a better grip. Short snouts allowed them to breathe properly while holding onto a bull’s snout, and smaller back legs meant the dog could be shaken without sustaining any spinal injuries. The dog was bred for the purpose of bull-defeating features.