Loyal, friendly and particularly fond of children, the English Bulldog is an instantly recognisable breed that is not as miserable as the face implies. Although prone to drooling and snoring, the English Bulldog has a devoted following. It has become a mascot for England and is closely associated with Winston Churchill, who never owned one but did rather resemble one. Originally bred for bullbaiting, the Bulldog is mentioned in Shakespeare’s Henry VI. Famous Bulldogs are Spike in Tom and Jerry and Bulldog Drummond, the popular and hair-raisingly non-PC detective of the 1920s.

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