The Olde English
Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700. These
were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist
today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog.
They were bred to participate in blood sports like bull baiting.
This so called sport, became quite popular in England through out
the middle of the 18th Century. Bull baiting primarily
consisted of staking out a bull and allowing several Bulldogges to
attack it. A dog of great courage and agility was needed for
bull baiting. This dog was of medium size; larger dogs were
considered to be the result of mastiff crosses.
Around 1835, laws were passed in England
prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogges main
purpose of existence vanished. Within a decade the numbers
of bulldogs declined drastically almost to extinction. Dog
show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed, but
wanted to tone down the aggressive temperament of the original
Olde English Bulldogge. They crossed the remnants of the
existing stock with the pug and over the years that followed they
developed the modern English Bulldog. Unfortunately though,
this modern dog is wrought with all kinds of genetic health
The modern Olde English Bulldogge
is a reconstruction of the original Olde Bulldogge of the 17th and
18th century. Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully
and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal.
The foundation of most of today's Olde English Bulldogges can be
traced to English Bulldog, American Bulldog, APBT and Mastiff.
These dogs were used very selectively in various
combinations to obtain the desired physical and mental traits of
the original Olde English Bulldogge. The result has been a
good looking Bulldogge of great athletic ability that is much
healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems
that plague today's modern English Bulldogs. The goal of all
Olde English Bulldogge breeders should be to produce genetically
healthier Bulldogges that are free breathers, free breeders, and
The perfect Olde English Bulldogge should
be of medium height to large size with a large head and a very
stout, muscular body. The disposition should be outgoing, loyal
and courageous. The temperament is to be very stable and
trustworthy. Most importantly the Olde English Bulldogge is a
healthy dog with out many of the problems affecting the modern English
Bulldogs. Males should be free breeders and females should be
free whelpers. The Olde English Bulldogge should be devoid of all
17 - 23 inches Females: 15 - 21 inches
- 90 lbs.
Any color is acceptable.
Stable and trustworthy
Very healthy; should not have many of the
health problems of the English Bulldog, However,
The English bulldog was used to recreate the Olde English Bulldog
breed and every so often through the genes you can get an
entropian eye, an eyelid that rolls under and irritates the eye, it
is fixed with eye drops and if severe cases eye surgery.
However healthy they may be, common sense must be used on all pets
involving activities given on extreme hot
days. ALL Dogs need shade and water in extreme hot weather as they
can dehydrate fast if no shade or water is available.
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