Country of Origin: The Olde English Bulldogge is an attempt to ‘breed back’ the English Bulldog as it appeared in the early 1800’s (known as the ‘Regency Period Bull Baiter’), but with the mild personality of today’s breed. The English Bulldog (or simply ‘Bulldog’) was bred in England for bull baiting, a popular gambling ‘sport’ in which one or more dogs were matched up against a chained bull (or bear). The Olde English Bulldogge is recognized by the APRI, CKC, OREBA, NKC, and CKC. The most successful line was developed by David Leavitt in the 1970’s and is half English Bulldog with the other half encompassing Bullmastiff, American Bulldog and American Pit Bull Terrier. This line has since proved successful in obedience trials and therapeutic service.
Size: The Olde English Bulldogge’s shoulder height and weight varies, but it is usually at least 41 cm (16 in) tall and 23 kg (50 lbs) in weight. It has a compact, athletic body and large head with the distinctive Bulldog face—short, wide muzzle, undershot jaw, and wide, droopy face giving the appearance of a frown. The Olde English Bulldogge has a short tail, rounded chest, and compact, muscular body. It is distinguished from other Bulldog mixes by its full pump handle tail.
Coat: The Olde English Bulldogge can have a short or fine medium coat in a wide variety of colors including solid white, brindle (red, grey, or black), or fawn. A pink nose or pink skin around the eyes is undesirable, but not a disqualification. The Olde English Bulldogge is an average shedder.
Character: The Olde English Bulldogge is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, sensitive, and fearless when defending owner and property. The Olde English Bulldogge is known for its loyalty; its happy-go-lucky attitude is in sharp contrast to its sour face. Olde English Bulldogges are happiest at their owner’s side and will misbehave if ignored. Olde English Bulldogges are active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.
Temperament: Olde English Bulldogges enjoy mixing with other dogs and household pets. They are great with children, well behaved, adaptable, comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition. Some Olde English Bulldogges are cautious with strangers, but most are friendly to everyone. They are likely to drool or snore.
Care: When the Olde English Bulldogge is shedding, use a rubber brush to remove dead hairs. The Olde English Bulldogge has a lifespan of 8-12 years. Due to its facial features, it is susceptible to breathing problems and skin infections, and many are delivered via Caesarean section because of the large head. Most Olde English Bulldogges cannot swim and are averse to hot weather.
Training: Consistency is important, but the Olde English Bulldogge is highly sensitive to the tone of its handler's voice, making training a fairly simple process. It is inquisitive and quick to learn simple tasks, yet unpredictable as it is a bit stubborn on occasion.
Activity: The exercise needs of the Olde English Bulldogge are uncomplicated. It will adapt itself to the activity level of your family. Sufficient rest is key to development of healthy bones, muscles, and joints—do not expect your Olde English Bulldogge to run long distances or jump down from tall ledges. Olde English Bulldogges are well suited to apartment life. Olde English Bulldogges also like to chew, so chew toys are recommended.
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