The Valley Bulldog – a Sour-Faced, Lovable Clown!

The Valley Bulldog- Quick Information

Origin:

Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia

Description:

Strong, muscular with a wide head skin-folds like a bulldog

Tan, white, brown, fawn and brindle

Temperament:

Loyal, even-tempered, even silly! 

Weight:

Between 18-36kg

Height:

36-46cm at shoulder

Life expectancy:

10-12 years

Litter size:

6-8 puppies

Exercise:

Moderate exercise needed

Training:

Easy to train

Health: 

No severe issues

The Valley Bulldog Overview

The Valley Bulldog is a perfect dog for active singles, people who love the outdoors and for families.  City dwellers can also enjoy their companionship, as they are perfect indoor pets. Training a valley bulldog is easy, making this breed the logical choice for many people. 

Also known is the Bull-Boxer, they are a cross between the English Bulldog and the Boxer.   Its genetic make-up can be ruled by either of its parents so that you can be dealt with a great bulldog look or a short boxer. 

Dog enthusiasts love them for their loving, protective and intelligent nature.   The Valley Bulldog temperament is one of the breeds’ greatest assets.

Why Was The Breed Created?

Breeders wanted the courage and spirit of the English bulldog, together with the athleticism and temperament of the Boxer.  

The crossing of the breed eliminated health issues that bulldogs have, such as problems with breathing.  

A Valley Bulldog can be produced by the crossing of a Boxer and a Bulldog, or by mating a Valley Bulldog with another Valley bulldog

Breeders that successfully raised 10-15 lines of the Valley Bulldogs are considered to have created a pure breed that conforms to a specific shape and form.

A Valley Bulldog Picture

A Valley Bulldog Picture


Bulldogs have an unusual look. The American Bulldog, Catahoula Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, Alapaha Bulldog AND the Valley Bulldog all share a typical short-faced head, thick folds of facial skin and a sour expression.  They all have different personalities, though! 

When looking at different Valley Bulldog pictures, you will definitely see the bulldog and boxer genes shining through. 



Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia

It is suspected that the Valley Bulldog existed already in the early 1900’s in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia in Canada.   (This is where the name comes from – from this ‘Valley’ in Annapolis.)  Due to this uncertainty about the timeline, it is not known exactly how old the breed is.


General

Valley Bulldogs are sturdy, muscular and medium-sized.   They have the typical wide heads of the bulldog breeds.   They have broad muzzles (that can be long or pressed in), strong necks, broad chests and firm, straight legs. They are athletic, well-boned and with good muscle tone.   

Their tails can be stumpy, non-existent or curled.  Valley Bulldogs have loose skin and prominent skin folds.   Its forehead and nose are full of wrinkles.

Colors

Their short, smooth coats (like a Boxer’s) are usually white, fawn, red, tan, black and brindle or various combinations of these colors.   Solid white dogs are not preferred by breeders.

Ears and eyes

Their eyes are set wide apart, are semi-oval shaped and of moderate size.   It can be any color. They have small, short, fold-over ears that hang down slightly. 


Head 

The valley bulldog has a large head with a medial furrow between the eyes. A well-proportioned dog’s head should be equal or greater than the dog’s height at the shoulder. 

Muzzle

The muzzle should be broad and deep, medium to short in length. The breed can often have an underbite.   The dog has strong jaws and sharp teeth.

Nose

From the stop to the end of the nose, its length must be at least 2.5cm. A completely pink nose is not acceptable, although a small amount of pink may be present.


The Valley Bulldog temperament is stable and loving. They are obedient, warm and friendly dogs.   

The Bullies are very loyal dogs and loves to be with their family. They can become depressed if they are neglected for too long, so it is vital for this type of dog’s happiness to be often close to their owners.

Guarding

Valley Bulldogs are natural guardians and will bark at anything unusual, especially at night.  They are moderately aggressive, in particular where their family is concerned.   An intruder will not be allowed in. 

They form very strong bonds with their family members.  They tend to be slightly more protective if they are reared indoors.

Silly puppies

As puppies, they can be quite silly and rowdy, but they settle down after about a year.  

But, even as adults, they do get a bit foolish sometimes and can randomly scram all around the house for no reason at all.  It is funny to watch!   Enjoy it; it is part of the breed make-up.  No wonder valley bulldogs are described as dogs with an excellent sense of humor.   They also get joy out of play with children and other dogs.  

Personality traits

Valley Bulldogs are:

  • Alert
  • Cheerful
  • Loving
  • Outgoing
  • Loyal
  • Social
  • Playful
  • Protective.


Weight

Valley bulldogs might weigh between 18-36 kg, with no clear distinction between males and females.  (There is no penalty for heavier dogs when showing them – a well-proportioned dog is more important.)

Height

Males are 38 -46cm at the shoulder and females 36-46 cm at the shoulder.  



The Valley Bulldog can have an excellent lifespan if properly looked after. There are a few health problems though that owner should be aware of.

Skin Irritations

They are prone to skin irritations due to the skin folds on their faces. Should there be a build-up of filth and food on the face, infections can occur. The skin folds must, therefore, be regularly cleaned.

Allergies

Due to its broad muzzle, the breed can be affected by allergies and breathing problems.  

Monitor Diet

Valley Bulldogs are greedy eaters!  They can easily be overfed and get obese. Small portions and regular exercise are very important.


Valley Bulldogs are of medium size.They can be kept in-or outdoors.   

Indoors

Valley Bulldogs will do well in a condo or an apartment. If they are kept indoors like this, they will enjoy a long, brisk walk at least once every day. It will help curb any destructive behavior that they may have.They are calm and easygoing around the house.  

Outdoors

If kept outdoors, Valley Bulldogs must have lots of room to run and play. They must also get regular attention from their family. Backyard games will be a firm favorite. They don’t do well in extreme heat or cold and should be kept indoors at night.


The consensus about this breed’s life expectancy is between 10-12 years. Valley Bulldogs are expected to live a minimum of 9 years and can get to 14 years old if well looked after.


Like a baby duck

Valley Bulldog puppies and baby ducks rate equally regarding cuteness!  

There are usually 6-8 little scrunched-up face puppies in a litter. Newborn puppies weigh about 300 grams at birth. Littermates can vary in size.

valley bulldog puppies

Due to its short, sleek coat, the Valley Bulldog is low maintenance and easy to groom. Its coat is of the ‘wash and wears’ variety!  

The Valley Bulldog does shed hairs, and regular brushing of its short and stiff coat is recommended. 

Skin-fold care

The Bulldog’s skin-folds must be regularly cleaned and dried completely to prevent infections and irritations.  

These folds are on the face, the tail area, belly and the feminine parts of female dogs.

Skin infections can flare up quickly in this breed, so it is best to keep an eye on the dog and clean its folds every two days. There are washes especially formulated for this task on the market, and they are quite effective.  

Bath time

It is not necessary to bath the Valley Bulldog every week. They love water, but bathing is only required occasionally if the dog is really dirty. They do enjoy the quality time with their owners, though!  

They can actually just be wiped down with a wet cloth if needed.

Chewers

Valley Bulldogs love chewing stuff, and they would need durable toys to play with and to chew.   Be sure to get them well-made toys that will last a long time. Otherwise, they will find their things to chew!


Dry dog food 

Dry dog food that is suitable for bulldog breeds is recommended feeding for the Valley Bulldog.  

It is best to give the dog two meals per day. It is necessary to monitor their eating, as they are prone to over-eating (and obesity) if left to their own devices.


The Valley Bulldog is a muscular, active dog and would need vigorous exercise every day.   They are the perfect exercise partners and owners who enjoy exercise will have a wonderful, involved companion.  

If kept outdoors, with room for running, sufficient exercise should be no problem. 

Playtime

If you have an indoor dog, he would need long walks and play periods. Valley Bulldog puppies and adults love swimming, running, jumping for Frisbees and playing with balls

Valley Bulldogs are intelligent and quick to train. They are well-behaved and therefore can grasp commands very easy. They also do well with learning tricks.They are an excellent match for first-time owners.

The Leader of the pack

The Valley Bulldog wants its owner to be the leader of the pack. Therefore, they would need to be handled in a firm, but gentle manner. Sometimes their independence and stubbornness can get the upper hand, if not handled firmly. It is a good idea to begin training valley bulldogs from an early age.

As they love their humans, treat rewards, applause, cuddles, and praise will go a long way in training this breed.


Thanks, Boxer!

Thanks to the inbreeding of the Boxer genes, the Valley Bulldog rarely suffers from severe issues.

Breathing issues 

Depending on your dog’s snout and how pushed in it is, your particular dog might have some breathing issues. It is advisable to keep an eye on such a dog in hot weather to avoid the danger of overheating.  These dogs can sometimes snore heavily.   

Drool is usually not a problem unless the dog is waiting for a special treat! 

Skin allergies

The Valley Bulldog might be prone to skin irritations, especially during adolescence.   Usually, this will clear up in adulthood. These skin allergies are commonly associated with yeast, so a proper diet for these dogs are vital.  

Skin growths and tumors are sometimes found in this breed, but it is rare. 

Fold-care

Folds on the face and tail areas are highly prone to infection if not cleaned regularly.  

Diet

The Valley Bulldogs diet must be watched as they can sometimes overeat. Diet-monitoring is advised.

Conclusion

Valley Bulldogs give their owners years of companionable pleasure. They are easy to care for and the ideal family dog.   Together with the fact that they usually don’t have health issues, they can be a welcome addition to your home for up to 14 years.  

Breeders did something right when “creating” this breed! 



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