English Bulldogs are nice to have in your home. They make fine home pets and you do not even need to have a yard to keep up with them. These gentle doggos with a stocky build prefer to stay indoors, by your side, where they’re comfortable and feel loved. They just enjoy hanging around with you doing nothing at all. They don’t do well outside because they chill easily during cold weather and feel overheated during hot weather.
But of course, every dog needs exercise to keep them fit and healthy and this is true even for English Bulldogs. It is recommended that they have a moderate level of physical exercise such as walking around the block, playing in the dog park, or just simply letting him play outside the yard. Furparents are asking how far they should walk their English Bulldog. The answer to this question is not in the distance but in the amount of time they spend on their physical exercise such as walking. When you take him for a walk outside, it should be no more than 30 minutes a day. It is better if you can go for a walk for 15 minutes in the morning and another 15 minutes in the afternoon and not go walking for 30 minutes straight. It’s best to divide your exercise schedule into two so that he won’t get too tired. There is also a 2-minute rule that you can follow as a guide. You can give him 2 minutes of exercise for every month age of your English Bulldog. For example, he’s only 4 months old. You can walk him outside for 8 minutes. When he’s 5 months old, you can walk him for 10 minutes. Always observe your doggo how he’s reacting to the exercise so that you can respond immediately when he seems to be too tired. Signs that you should be looking out for are lagging, refusing to walk, and heavy panting. When you observe any of these, stop his exercise routine immediately.
English Bulldogs are typically low-endurance dogs. They only require a moderate amount of exercise in a day. Activities needing a high energy level could do them more harm than good. Their bodies tend to overheat during strenuous activities which may cause them to have breathing difficulties. Even when accompanying him on his moderate level of exercise, you should have a bottle of water on hand to keep him hydrated all the time. Take note that your English Bulldog is a fragile creature. Due to their brachycephalic nature, heavy frame, short height and limbs, they can’t move that fast and don’t need to have too much physical exercise. Too much movement on their part can cause health problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, respiratory issues, and various joint and ligament problems.
Furparents should be aware of the movement limitations of their English Bulldogs so that they can enjoy a good quality of life. Always observe your own doggo and make sure you don’t overexert him. What can be a light exercise for other dogs can be a heavy physical regime on your English Bulldog that can take its toll on his body.
English Bulldogs might not be as active as other breeds of dogs but that doesn’t mean they don’t need regular exercise at all. Just the right amount of exercise will do their body good as well as their well-being. Let them out so they to socialize, experience change in their daily scenery, and enjoy the fresh air outside. This will also help calm him down and prevent behavioral issues that could cause problems later on. Just go at a pace where he’s comfortable. Make it short but sweet. It’s the quality not the quantity that would give your English Bulldog the best life.