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Statement Following the Death of Lexi Branson

07 November 2013    12:00
The Bulldog breed

The Kennel Club is extremely saddened by the tragic death of the young girl, Lexi Branson, and our thoughts and deepest condolences go to her family.

There has been a lot of speculation about the breed in the media, with initial reports suggesting that the dog was a Dogue de Bordeaux (which proved to be inaccurate) and then a Bulldog. However, the dog in the pictures circulated is not a Bulldog as it is recognised in this country.

The Bulldog is one of Britain's oldest indigenous breeds and is known as the 'national dog of Great Britain'. The breed has a loving, affectionate temperament and, although a little stubborn by nature, he is good-tempered with children.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is a giant breed with a loyal and loving nature. With early socialisation and training, the Dogue, as he is affectionately known can be the perfect, gentle giant and an affectionate member of the family. The impressively large breed is surprisingly agile and requires a lot of space and regular walks. The Dogue de Bordeaux's  affectionate nature can mean they want to make friends with everyone, but their size can be intimidating for some, for this reason it is essential that the breed is properly trained and socialised so that they are not misunderstood by those who are unfamiliar with the breed.

Whilst media coverage tends to focus on speculation about the breed of the dog involved, we would stress that this is largely irrelevant and that far more important is the way that any dog is reared, socialised and trained. No dog should ever be portrayed as being representative of an entire breed.


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