Valley Bulldogs have muscular, medium-sized frames covered in short, smooth coats that usually come in white, brindle and white or various combinations of brindle, white, tan, fawn, black or red. Their wide heads have broad muzzles, widely set eyes, rose-shaped ears and wrinkly chins. They have strong necks that lead down to broad chests, firm and straight legs and either stumpy or curled tails.
Combining qualities of the Boxer and the English Bulldog, the Valley Bulldog is sometimes calm and easygoing—especially around the house—but likes to mix things up with the occasional bout of goofy and boisterous play. Strong and intelligent, this dog needs firm but positive training when young.
Generally welcoming to strangers, the Valley Bulldog nevertheless has a strong protective instinct. It makes a superb watchdog and an entertaining playmate for children. Affectionate and cuddly, the Valley Bulldog craves family time, belly scratches and backyard games.
The Valley Bulldog can live as long as 13 years. Common health issues include skin irritations, allergies and breathing problems that result from its broad muzzle. Make sure to regularly clean the skin folds on its face to prevent buildup and infection. Also monitor its diet: Valley Bulldogs should not be overfed and/or unexercised.
Named after Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, the Valley Bulldog dates back to at least the late 19th century. Supposedly bred for the Boxer’s athleticism and the Bulldog’s self-confidence, the Valley Bulldog continues to be a popular companion in its home country of Canada.