11 September 2008

Hollywood's (Unlikely) Hot Dog: the English Bulldog

Hollywood's dog o' the moment is an unexpected breed, one that has famous owners ranging from Samantha Ronson to Adam Sandler to John Legend. That dog is the English bulldog, he of the blunt nose and invisible neck and solid legs. To a lesser extent, stars also have fallen in love with the French bulldog, but really, right now, it's all about the English.

Sound exciting? You too can have one of these trendy canines, which come complete with frequent breathing problems and the occasional snoring habit. And all for the A-list price tag of...about $1,000 to $2,000! That is the average price of a purebred bulldog pup. For that sum, you can get the whole package: the adorable squashface, the bat ears (in the case of a French bulldog) and the chocolate brown eyes. The eyes! That will melt your sooouuul!

SamRo's English bulldog is named Cadillac. Legend has one called Puddy. And Adam Sandler has had three: the late Meatball and Matzoball, and a newer English bulldog named Babu. (You can see photos and video of the dogs on Sandler's official site.)

"Some English bulldogs are very energetic," L.A. Dogworks president Andrew Rosenthal tells me. "Others are kind of laid-back. French bulldogs are out of their minds. When we have a bunch of them in our dog park, they all hang out together. I call them the French mafia. But the English are more like dopey troublemakers."

[Source: E! Online]