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The Toy Bulldog, also known as the Miniature Bulldog, is an extinct breed of small Bulldog that averaged 8 pounds in weight. These Bulldogs are bred with the Pug. Many of them were pushed out of Britain during the mid to late 19th century, seen as a threat to the Bulldog breed. In France, they were bred with the Bulldog to produce the French Bulldog. Efforts are now underway to reinvent this breed, as it slowly disappeared during the early part of the 20th century.
The Toy Bulldog is also commonly referred to as the Miniature Bulldog. Having the same characteristics of the English Bulldog, this breed was basically forced out of Great Britain during the 19th century; largely because owners of the larger dog were threatened by this new breed.
Most experts believe the Toy Bulldog was crossed with the English Bulldog, producing the French Bulldog. It is believed that the Toy is a result of a cross between the Pug and English Bulldog; therefore, exact breed characteristics and standards vary by expert. Prospective owners need to research both parental breeds to gather an accurate picture.
Most breeders do agree that this breed is generally intelligent, affectionate and loyal to its owner. This extroverted dog is often described as gregarious, and only needs bundles of human interaction to be happy. This is a dog that gets along well with children and strangers. They do not make good guard or watch dogs. Some do have the tendency to pick fights with strange dogs. These dogs are not big barkers, but do have a propensity for snoring.
Currently, this is a very expensive pet. Most breeders attribute this to the fact that this dog is very hard to whelp, making artificial insemination and caesarian sections common practices. Also, new moms are not very attentive, contributing to the difficulty of raising healthy pups.
The Toy Bulldog usually stands between 10 and 14 inches and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. Their smooth coat is seen in brindle, fawn, red, white or a combination of all colors. This breed is considered a good apartment dweller, but does need daily walks to maintain health. Like their larger counterparts, they are very sensitive to heat. Most live between 12 and 14 years, yet the record to date is 17 years.