The Bulldog is a breed with a long and interesting history that dates back to the 1600s in England. The breed was developed as a working dog, used to bait bulls and other large animals for sport. During the 18th century, when bull baiting fell out of favor in Britain, families in rural areas began maintaining domesticated Bulldogs that were more docile than their ancestors and kept as pets. By the Victorian era, Bulldogs had become popular household companions. Over time there has been an effort on behalf of breeders to make the Bulldog smaller with a more compact body shape and less aggressive demeanor compared to their ancestors. In 1886, The Kennel Club first registered registered “Bulldogs” as part of its Hound Group classification until they were eventually moved into the Non-Sporting Group in 1924 where they belong today. Despite still possessing many traits from their warring past such as strength and tenacity today’s modern version is known for being strong yet gentle companion animals that have become one of the most popular breeds around globe for good reason.