What’s your view when you see or hear of the British Bulldog? If you are British, it means “determination, steely, solid, resolve, strong, ghter, never let go”… I could go on. e true breed sadly is no more – sounds like the Empire, though there are high mixed bred dogs that are more athletic and more homely. e British Bulldog was bred to ght, and albeit only about 15 inches tall, it had a strong lower jaw with a vice-like grip. Its origins, some say, were those of an ancient dog for war, but its reputation, linked to the English underworld, continued into the 1900s in England. Basically, two dogs were put into a ring to rip each other apart, and one in theory survived. e sport was banned in the 1960s, but it took a few more decades to stop it.
Royal Dalton, London, a famous pottery/ gurine maker for over 200 years, closed its English factory in 2005 and now produces mainly in China and ailand. England’s next industrial revolution looks like 200 years away. Dalton made the Bulldog look respectable in the 1940s; especially during the war the pottery dog was given a Union Jack on its back and special editions were made to promote the war the effort and the troops going to fight.
I’m delighted to see the Bulldog is back in the lime light. For those who recall the “Skyfall” James Bond movie, the Union Jack dog su ered as the MI5 HQ was blown up. Good news, the pottery dog survived with only a few scratches and reappeared in the movie “Spectre”. It was bequeathed from the previous “M” to Bond who obviously saved the day, and the country, and possibly the world. After all he is British (but not for long, they say).
Now who is going to be the next Bond 007, let’s hope we keep to 3 basic principles outlined in “Russia with Love”, British, male and a hunk. We are worrying that there is talk of a woman, a Latino or an American taking the role – What is the world coming to?!