Origins of the breed
The Bulldog was first classified as a breed in the 1630s, and originally used for bull-baiting. Although there is earlier mention of similar types referred to as bandogs, a term reserved today for a type of fighting dog.
The Club in the U.K. was established in 1875, taking responsibility for the future of a breed regarded as an icon in its homeland. One of the oldest indigenous breeds, the Bulldog is known as the national dog of Great Britain.