The Bulldog is part of the Utility group which is a mixture of breeds selectively bred as 'fitness for a purpose' but not included in the gundog or working group criteria.
The origins of the bulldog date back to the 16th century where the ancestors of today's Bulldogs were used for bull baiting. Once this was made illegal in 1835 the future of the breed became threatened, but with the rise in popularity of dog showing, the breed was regenerated. In 1873 the Kennel Club recognised the bulldog and he remains the iconic British breed, thought to symbolise the spirit of the country.
Today they are the fourth most popular pedigree breed registered with the Kennel Club, with over 9,900 puppies registered annually.
It is worth noting that due to their flat, wide heads, flattened faces and short muzzles, they are categorised as brachycephalic, which means they may be at higher risk of certain health conditions including breathing difficulties, skin problems, dental problems, and eye conditions.
Not all bulldogs will have these health conditions but it is important to be aware of them, and please do research as much as you can - the breed club has a health scheme which records results of health tests in their database, and make sure you feel comfortable that the breeder is a responsible breeder that has checked the health of both parents.