An Illustrated Guide to the Bulldog Standard
: "why he is called Bulldog. Is it the shape of the head or because of his use in the barbaric sports of bull-baiting, bear-baiting and dog fighting?
Whatever the name or the origin, there is little doubt that centuries ago there was a canine resembling our present day Bulldog. Lighter boned and higher on leg, but with the courage, tenacity and determination that still exists today. Over the years, other breeders have crossed with the Bulldog to give these traits to their breeds, perhaps the best known being the Greyhound
After bull-baiting, bear-baiting and dog fighting were prohibited in 1835, a few dedicated fanciers worked diligently to breed out the aggressive, vicious tendencies and to modify the Bulldog to look more like we see him today, shorter faced and heavier in structure."
-genetic wonders indeed!