Although English bulldogs may look like they can take you down, they tend to be more gentle-loving, calm, and actually a bit lazy!
Therefore, keeping aware of their growth progress through an English bulldog growth chart and keeping track of how they are moving throughout the day can help you monitor both their weight and height.
Especially if you are a first-time English bulldog owner, learning about the ins-and-outs of the development of your dog can be a bit confusing at first. When it comes to weight, you especially need to be careful with exercise and diet.
In this article, we’re going to inform you about questions you may have, like “When do English bulldogs stop growing?” or “How big will my bulldog be?”
When Do English Bulldogs Stop Growing?
If you’re fortunate enough to get your English bulldog when he or she is still a puppy, then you’ll be able to start getting them used to walks early on, which can help keep them healthy and within a healthy weight range (according to the English bulldog weight chart below).
But when do they actually stop growing? Once an English Bulldog is around one year old, they should reach their maximum weight—which will be around 48-50 lb for a female and 52-55 for a male.
Let’s get into a closer look at the weight of an English bulldog.
English Bulldog Weight Chart
You can use the English bulldog weight chart listed below to closely monitor your pup’s weight as he or she grows from pup-hood well into adulthood. This can help you make sure your pup is developing as he or she should.
Even though these sorts of numbers will be recorded every time your pup heads to the vet, it’s a good idea to also keep track at home just in case anything drastically changes!
In the chart below, you’ll be able to monitor your English bulldog’s weight. This can help you see if your pup is on track when it comes to weight and size.
When an English bulldog is fully grown, as you can see on the chart, they tend to reach up to 50 pounds for males and 40 pounds for females. However, the female can reach up to 50 lbs—and the males can reach up to 55!
Just like with most other breeds of dogs, an English bulldog is considered to be fully grown around one year old.
Although there might be a shift in weight with exercise and diet, you can most likely expect your pup to reach their final weight and height around 1 year and up to 18 months.
Please consult the chart below if you have any more questions or speak to your dog’s vet.
English Bulldog Growth Chart – What To Expect
If you get your pup right out of the litter, then there are certain stages to keep track of and certain milestones or characteristics you can come to expect.
Birth – 2 Weeks
When your bulldog is a newborn, they won’t be doing much but simply staying alive, sleeping, and feeding. Their early lives are characterized by being with their eyes closed in the first few days. They also don’t react that much when it comes to exterior sound.
When it comes to weight, you should be expecting a healthy male newborn bulldog to weigh around 5 ounces and a female to weigh around 4 ounces.
3 Weeks – 12 Weeks
As they proceed over the next few weeks, they’ll start to dive into their world, both visually and audibly. They’ll react to sounds, open their eyes, and find ways to communicate with you or with their dog mother.
During this period, you can expect them to go from 5 pounds to 15 pounds! This means there will be rapid changes in size and weight! They’ll also get moving around, exploring energetically and actively. You can also start to introduce solid foods into their diet.
4 Months – 9 Months
At this stage in their development, your bulldog should be getting around 30-45 lbs. Your English bulldog is considered to be almost fully grown at this point and has budded into an independent, young adult!
Their personalities will also tend to come out at this point, showing their stubbornness and strong will since they are often regarded as having a pretty dominant-style personality.
If you have multiple English bulldogs, you’ll also notice a fight for dominance in the family, so don’t be alarmed if they get into a tussle or two!
10 Months – 18 Month
This is where the English bulldog will reach full maturity—around a year old! These fully-grown bulldogs, as we mentioned before, will be anywhere from 52-55 lbs for both males and females (with outliers and exceptions to the rule, of course). At this stage, some experts consider this breed to be fully grown.
As your English bulldog explores adulthood, you’ll notice a development in the emotional and intelligence of your furbaby.
Although physically they don’t have much more to grow, this is a great time to get them acquainted with other people, animals, and even new tricks to help them stay sharp as they age.
Factors That Affect English Bulldog Puppy Growth
Just like with humans, not all English bulldogs are the same! As your pup develops and grows, you may notice a difference between your own dog’s development and the statistics on the chart above. This can be due to:
If you have the family history of your English bulldog, this can help predict whether or not there will be any genetic ailments in your dog’s health passed down from the parents.
Just like with humans, you can tell a lot about your dog’s future health when you compare it to the parents or parental lineage of your pup!
What you feed your dog (especially your generosity of treats) can play a huge role when it comes to keeping your dog healthy and within the target weight range for their age.
If you’re concerned about the weight of your English bulldog, please speak to your pup’s veterinarian about different diets and brands of foods you can give your pup as they develop so you’re able to manage their weight but still give them the adequate nutrition they need to grow.
Physical Activity & Health
A healthy diet can only take your pup so far when it comes to keeping in shape! Since this type of breed is short-statured, you’ll definitely have to keep an eye on how active they’re being, since this can play a huge role when it comes to staying within their healthy weight range.
Taking your dog on a daily walk can also be a healthy reminder for you to be active, too!
Olde English Bulldogge vs English Bulldog Size Chart
The Old English Bulldogge is a crossbreed of the English Bulldog, the American Bulldog, the American Pitbull Terrier, and the Bull Mastiff while the English Bulldog is purebread. Both dogs have distinct similarities, but they show a clear difference in size.
An Olde English Bulldogge is taller and heavier weighing between 80 and 100 pounds and standing at a height of 16 to 19 inches. The English Bulldog is considerably smaller, standing at a maximum height of 16 inches and weighing 50 pounds at most.
Will Neutering/Spaying Affect My English Bulldog’s Growth?
Neutering in male dogs and spaying in female dogs is the removal of the reproductive organs through surgery.
Getting your English Bulldog spayed or neutered has several health benefits such as lowering the risk of various cancers, preventing pyometra, reducing aggression, preventing breeding for males and heat periods for females.
Spaying should be done when your female English Bulldog is between the ages of 6 to 7 months, which is before the first heat cycle. Neutering your male English Bulldog should be done when they are between 7 to 10 months.
Spaying or neutering your English Bulldog at an early age can cause uneven growth of the leg bones in the future because bone and joint development are associated with reproductive hormones.
At What Age Is an English Bulldog Fully Grown?
The rate at which dogs reach their full growth depends on certain factors such as nutrition, health, and size. Since English Bulldogs are medium-sized dogs, they are fully grown when they reach the age of one year.
English Bulldogs are considered adults on their first birthday, and this is when they have attained their adult height. Most English Bulldogs still develop their muscle mass after one year up to the age of 18 months.
How Big Will My English Bulldog Puppy Get?
There are two ways to find how big your English Bulldog will be when they are adults: looking at the paws and the parents.
The size of your puppy’s parents is the clearest indicator of your puppy’s adult size. If the parents are large, your puppy will likely be large as an adult and vice versa is also true.
Looking at the build and size of your Bulldog’s paws can give you an idea of their final adult size. If your English Bulldog puppy has small, delicate paws, chances are they will end up smaller than another puppy with large, well-built paws.
As adults, English Bulldogs grow to about 12 to 16 inches in height and weighs between 40 and 50 pounds.
How To Properly Weigh & Measure An English Bulldog?
Weighing your English Bulldog is beneficial to their health because it ensures that they are maintaining a healthy weight. It is advised that you weigh your puppy once per year but weighing them every six months can help with early diagnosis of any health conditions.
Use your bathroom scale to weigh your English Bulldog. First, step on the scale and write the number on the scale.
Second, carry your puppy and step on the scale then record the number. Finally, subtract the first weight from the second weight, and that is your puppy’s weight.
To measure your puppy’s height, let them stand on the floor. Take a measuring tape and measure from the highest point of their shoulder blades to the ground.
What Is A Bulldog’s Neck Size?
Measuring the neck of your English Bulldog will enable you to find the right size of collar that is comfortable and secure for them. Use a flexible tape measure to determine the neck size of your puppy.
Circle the measuring tape around the thickest part of your puppy’s neck and put two fingers between the neck and the tape. The measurement is your puppy’s neck size.
The neck size of an English Bulldog and an American Bulldog is between 18 to 24 inches. The neck size of a French Bulldog is between 12 to 16 inches.
English Bulldog Body Condition Score (BCS)
Body Condition Score is a standardized rating to measure the fat level of animals. There are two scales used: 1 to 9 and 1 to 5. You can use palpation and visualization to assign a BCS score to your English Bulldog.
The ideal BCS score for your puppy is 3/5 or 5/9. This is where your puppy is at a healthy weight, and you can see their waistline and tummy tuck. You should also be able to feel their ribs and pelvic bones because of the thin layer of fat.
An obese English Bulldog has a score of 5/5 or 9/9 where it is impossible to feel the ribs and there is no tummy tuck or waistline because of the thick layer of fat.
Emaciated English Bulldog has a score of 1/9 or 1/5 where the spine, ribs, and pelvic bones are visible from far.
How To Help Your English Bulldog Lose Weight If He Is Overweight
If your English Bulldog is overweight, here are a few ways you can help them lose weight:
- Change your puppy’s diet by feeding them low-calorie and high-quality dog food.
- Give them healthy dog treats such as sliced apples, cucumbers, bananas, or green beans.
- Take your puppy to the vet to rule out any health conditions such as hypothyroidism that may be causing the weight gain.
- Exercise your English Bulldog but ensure that the activities you are doing with him are not strenuous because they easily get tired and heat stroke.
How Long Are English Bulldogs Pregnant?
If you’re in luck and are going to become a first-time doggy-grandparent, then you’ll definitely want to get informed about the gestational period of an English bulldog.
Generally speaking, an English bulldog will be pregnant for around 63 days—or 9 weeks. If you want a more accurate estimation of how long your bulldog will be pregnant for, you’ll want to talk to your dog’s veterinarian about their estimation of this personal case.
The length of the pregnancy can change depending on when the egg was fertilized to when it is actually embedded in the lining of the uterine horn—and also a number of other factors.
How Many Puppies Do English Bulldogs Have?
So—how many grand-fur-babies will you be having? The average litter of a pregnant English bulldog will generally be around five or six puppies—which can be vary based on a few factors.
It can be as few as three to four puppies but as high as six. Your dog’s vet will be able to identify early on how many pups are going to be delivered with x-rays scheduled in the eighth week of pregnancy. This can help with planning and preparations beforehand!
What If My English Bulldogs Is Not The Right Weight
When it comes to developing, your English bulldog may actually be a bit under or overweight at any stage.
Although a pound or two out of range shouldn’t bring any substantial cause for alarm, if you notice that your pup isn’t hitting the mark by a lot or is missing the mark by quite a few pounds, it should be time to consult your doctor about the various factors that can affect their development, like daily exercise and diet.
If your English bulldog is overweight, you should try and add in more exercise and control their diet. Being overweight can increase the risk of a bulldog getting hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, cancer, liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heatstroke.
However, before making any drastic changes in their diet or daily activity, consult your dog’s vet to rule out other underlying health problems. This can reduce the risk of something going wrong!
How Much Does It Cost To Own An English Bulldog?
Within the range of other bulldogs, the English bulldog seems to take the cake when it comes to cost. Rated as one of the most expensive bulldog breeds, the initial price of this dog can be as “little” as $1,500 and can read up to $4,000! And this doesn’t account for the costs of everything else that comes thereafter.
English Bulldog Genetics And Common Health Problems
As we just mentioned, although you can help control your dog’s diet to reduce the risk of developing some of these medical problems.
Your English bulldog can still be at risk of developing cardiac or respiratory disease, some hip dysplasia, and even something called cherry eye, which is when a tear gland in a dog’s eyelid becomes inflamed.