Great Names for English Bulldogs
English Bulldog Puppy
The English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is something of a conundrum. Here is a breed of dog originally bred to be ferocious so as to bait bulls yet which is known as a great family pet. The answer lies in the outlawing of bull baiting. Once the "sport" was outlawed, breeders worked hard to breed out aggression. Nowadays, bulldogs are gentle, docile and great with kids. Intelligence isn't one of their great qualities; they are not easy to train and can be stubborn.
If you've fallen for the friendly yet courageous bulldog and need a name to suit, try some of these suggestions for bulldog names inspired by:
- British Bulldog Spirit
- Bulldog Characteristics, whether yours is calm or stubborn
- Tough Guys and Girls
Winston Churchill and British Bulldog Spirit
Winston Churchill is popularly linked with bulldogs. In fact, he didn't own a bulldog, he kept poodles. However, his jowly face and resolute demeanour during World War II have ensured that he is associated with the bulldog. British bulldog spirit is the stubborn attitude displayed by the British in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
Take some inspiration from the war for your dog's name!
World War II Names for English Bulldog Girls
Clementine - Winston Churchill's wife
Gracie - Gracie Fields as a favourite singer of the forces during World War II
Rosie - for the famous US World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter
Vera - singer Vera Lynn was immensely popular during World War II
Winnie - the female version of Winston
British Bulldog Spirit Names for Boys
Blitz - great Bulldog spirit shown in the cities of Britain during the Blitz
Cliff - for the popular song "There'll Be Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover"
Monty - for Field Marshall "Monty" Montgomery
Spencer - one of Churchill's family names
Winston - for the great man himself
As well as representing Britain, the bulldog is a popular mascot. The United States Marine Corps has a bulldog mascot, as does Yale University. Countless rugby, soccer and football teams across the world, as well as universities, colleges and schools, have chosen to represent themselves with a bulldog.
Bruno the Bulldog
Character Names for English Bulldogs
Although bulldogs are gentle, they are also strong and have a "tough guy" appearance. They tend to be slow, with a rolling gait, but they can occasionally put on a spurt of speed (for a short distance!). Think about the characteristics of your dog and see if you can come up with a suitable name. Here are a few suggestions.
Kind and Gentle Names for Bulldog Girls
Aggie - short for "Agnes", meaning gentle or pure
Alma - kind
Leala - Loyal, faithful
Millie - short for "Mildred", meaning gentle strength
Calm and Peaceful Names for Bulldog Boys
Ellis - kind
Frank - for St Francis, the kindly patron saint of animals
Fred - short for "Frederick", peaceful ruler
Humphrey - peaceful warrior
Noah - peaceful
Rei - short for "Reizo" - calm and well-groomed
Strong and Courageous Names for Bulldog Girls
Bo - for Boadicea/Boudicca, heroic British queen
Ebba - strong as a boar
Gertie - short for Gertrude, strong spear
Riley - courageous
Tilly - pet form of Matilda, mighty in battle
Ronni - strong counsel
Stubborn and Strong Names for Male Bulldogs
Borg - the invincible species from Star Trek
Conall - strong wolf
Farris - strong as iron
Hector - means steadfast
Keegan - ardent
Will - short for William, meaning determined
Tough Girl Names
Lara - Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
Leia - Princess Leia, Star Wars
Purdey - from the TV series The New Avengers
Ripley - for Ellen Ripley, Sigorney Weaver's character in Alien
Trinity - from the Matrix
Ziva - Ziva David from NCIS
Tough Guy Names
Al - for Al Capone
Arnie - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bogart - for Humphrey Bogart
Mac - John Maclean from Diehard movies
Sly - for Sylvester Stallone
English Bulldog Rescue in the UK
USA Bulldog Rescue
- BCARN - Welcome!
Not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the rehabilitation placement of abused and/or neglected bulldogs.
Looking After a Bulldog
Like any breed of dog, the bulldog is prone to certain ailments. Hip dysplasia afflicts many bulldogs and indeed they have the worst record of all the breeds. Another well-known problem affects females giving birth; due to the puppies' large heads, most pregnancies end with a Caesarian section. "Cherry eye" is a problem that some bulldogs face; the inner eyelid protrudes (this can be treated by a veterinarian).
On a daily basis, bulldogs need skin care. The hanging folds of skin on their faces need to be cleaned carefully to prevent infections. Bulldogs and heat don't mix either; they require adequate hydration and ventilation.