|One of the past University of Georgia mascots (Uga VI), showing the extremely exaggerated features of the English bulldog|
As those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while should know, I live in Georgia. Football is a very popular sport in the United States (though I really don't like it), and since I'm in Georgia, it seems virtually everyone is enamored by the University of Georgia's football team. UGA's mascot, of course, is the English bulldog Uga. Uga has been maintained as a mascot for over fifty years through a continuous male familial line of pure white bulldogs that has been owned by the same man. Uga even made it into the book and film adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
|The same Uga as above, looking miserable|
|A show bulldog in Poland|
|A famous bulldog painting from 1790|
Retrieverman, said to me a while ago that he thought an Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog (seen left) would be a good alternative to the English bulldog for UGA. I agree. Not only does their type lead to better breathing, and also natural breeding and whelping, but the breed is actually from Georgia!
Main sources are the New York Times and the University of Georgia. Images are from Wikimedia Commons or Flickr.com under Creative Commons licenses or are copyright free: one, two, three, four, six. Image number five, of Uga I, is copyright to the University of Georgia.