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.