National Geographic : 1943 Nov
© National Geographic Society Painting by Walter A. Weoer Symbol of British Courage and Tenacity Is the Bulldog, Originally Developed for Bullbaiting In the background, two of his early forebears have a tethered bull by the nose and strive to hold him still. This "sport" was popular throughout theKingdom until prohibited by Parliament in 1835. Nature and breeding provide English Bulldogs with protruding lower jaws and receded noses sothat they can breathe with some freedom even while their teeth are fastened on a foe. Many city fire departments fancy them as mascots.