The Victorian Bulldog is large-headed and thick-boned, only to the point that it does not impede vigor. It is broad muzzled and short-faced, but not so excessive as to interfere with breathing. The hindquarters are somewhat higher and not as heavy as foreparts, but not so as to destroy the symmetry of a muscular athlete. The head should be large but not exaggerated out of proportion to the body. The cheeks are rounded and extended sideways beyond the eyes.
The face is measured from the front of the cheekbone to the tip of the nose, long enough for unhindered breathing. The muzzle is broad and turning up, undershot but not to excess. The nostrils are large and wide, black is preferred but dudley acceptable. The flews are broad and hanging over the lower jaw at the sides. The canine teeth are large and wide apart. The eyes from the front are set low and wide apart, never bulging or sunken and never with the haw be visible.
The ears are either rose or button and are never erect or cropped. The neck is thick, strong, and arched, with loose skin forming dewlap on each side. The shoulders are broad and deep. The Victorian Bulldog has rounded ribs with a wide chest narrowing towards the loins without exaggeration. The forelegs are muscular, straight, and wide apart, not bandy or curved. The hind legs are strong and muscular. The hocks are slightly bent. The feet are round and compact and either straight, turning down, or screwed. The coat is smooth and short. Colors include all brindles, solid white or pied, solid red, fawn, or fallow. Black or black and tan are not acceptable.
Victorian Bulldogs are very loyal and absolutely reliable. Although its appearance can be somewhat intimidating, it is among the gentlest of dogs. Just the same it will see off any intruder. It is described as a very affectionate and dependable animal, gentle with children, but known for its courage and its excellent guarding abilities. Victorian Bulldogs are very much a people’s dog seeking out human attention and loving every bit it can get!! Human attention is required for the breed’s happiness. They are nice to all people. This breed is good with family pets, but they can be scrappy with strange dogs without enough leadership from the owner. Some snore very loudly, and some have drool and slobber tendencies. Be sure to always be your dog’s Pack Leader.
- Height: Dogs: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm.), Bitches: 16-19 inches (41-48 cm.)
- Weight: Dogs 70-75 pounds (32-34 kg.) Bitches 55-65 pounds (25-30 kg.)
- Apartment is fine.
- Low activity indoors.
- Thrive in moderate climates.
- Daily moderate to extended exercise.
- Easy care.
- Average shedding