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The Bulldog

The Bulldog
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The bulldog, colloquially known as the English bulldog or British bulldog, and affectionately known as “bullie”, is a medium-sized breed of dog so called because it was once specifically bred to participate in bull baiting.

The English bulldog is indelibly associated with the national attributes of resilience, loyalty, determination and spirit, and was adopted as a symbol of our strength and courage displayed during the Second World War. 

Further confirming the bulldog as a symbol of undefeated national spirit was its uncanny resemblance to Sir Winston Churchill. The wartime Prime Minister wasn’t unaware of the similarity, once helpfully explaining to a Nazi envoy that, “the nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.”


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