Winston Churchill and the Bulldog Myth

“The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.”

-Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill, former Prime Minster of the United Kingdom, is often associated with the Bulldog. Many attribute this to the politician’s tenacity and stubborn nature, or their uncanny similarity in appearance.

Because, despite popular belief, Churchill never once owned a Bulldog as a pet. He has been photographed with them …

Winston Churchill and the bulldog

… and has spoken about them (see quote at beginning of post), but he was actually more of a Poodle kind of guy. Not just any, but Poodles named ‘Rufus’. Both his Poodles, consecutively, were named ‘Rufus’; though Churchill once joked that the second dog’s name was technical ‘Rufus II’ and that the ‘II’ was silent. Tenacious and witty, I see. Churchill, in his natural habitat, with his dog of choice:

Winston Churchill