Let’s face it, constantly slobbering all over household surfaces and having more wrinkles than even the best high-end night cream can help hide doesn’t usually go hand-in-hand with beauty — but that all changes on April 21. Bulldogs started popping up as furry companions in historical literature dating back to the 1500s. Fast-forward 500 years and this sweet sidekick continually ranks as one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. Bulldogs everywhere, rejoice! National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day is a day dedicated to recognizing the magnificent creatures that you are.
National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day - History
Bulldogs Serve Their Country
Jiggs, a bulldog, is officially enlisted to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps
Breed Officially Recognized
The Bulldog is officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.
Invite Only Club Formed
The oldest specialty dog breed club, The Bulldog Club, is formed in England.
Bulldogs Discover America
The first bulldogs sail across the Atlantic Ocean to arrive in America.
National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day Activities
1. Volunteer at an animal shelter
It’s heartbreaking to think about, but not every bulldog gets to celebrate National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day in the comfort of their own forever home. Lend a helping hand to bulldogs — and every other dog breed — by volunteering some of your time to your local animal shelter. Your heart will be full afterward, and you’ll probably even get some puppy kisses to help sweeten the deal.
2. Visit a pet-friendly restaurant or bar
There’s no need to leave Fido at home! Pack up your mutt and head out to grab some tasty food and drinks. Most restaurants and bars that are pet-friendly set out bowls of water for your pup to enjoy as they hangout with you, but if you do a little research, you may even find a spot that has a menu dedicated just to the hounds. Spending an afternoon with dogs, food, and booze? Count us in.
3. Indulge your pet
Stopping at the local pet bakery on a daily basis probably isn’t the best thing for your furry friend’s waistline, but today is National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day, and that means ALL bulldogs are beautiful. Today is the perfect reason to indulge the Bulldogs in your life—big and small. Yes, this also means you should stop by the human bakery and treat yo’self as well.
Why We Love National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
A. It gives us a reason to talk about beautiful things
We can all use a little more positivity in our lives. Acknowledging the beauty of everyday life is a sure way to elevate your mood. Bulldogs? They’re gorgeous just the way they are – drool hanging out of the corner of their mouth and bull-legged posture just add to the beauty. The sunset last night? We bet that was pretty spectacular. That giant bowl of ice cream you’re about to eat? You guessed it, that mound of mint chocolate chip is beautiful too.
B. Bulldogs are happy anywhere
Bulldogs are great for city dwellers and country folk. This breed is fairly low-energy, so they don’t require a ton of exercise. They'll be content whether sniffing around a huge backyard or are taking a sun nap on the floor of a high-rise.
C. Bulldogs make great watchdogs
They’re sweet-natured, but the staunch, muscular appearance of bulldogs can be intimidating (today, we recognize it as beautiful!) Although bulldogs are usually easy-going and lazy, when provoked, they are not afraid to let possible intruders know who is the boss.