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 The Olde English Bulldogge should be alert, with a symmetrical, well-proportioned body. The dog should be cobby, but have the appearance of an athlete. The head is large and square in proportion to the body. Deeply sunken between the eyes, extending up the forehead and moderately wrinkled. Its jaw muscles are large. The lower jaw turns up and is protruding. The bite is square, but undershot, with large tusks. The eyes are low and wide set. Its forehead is flat, while its muzzle is short and broad. The ears may be either rose or button and should be set high and wide. Dewlap will have two folds. Its neck should be short and nearly as wide as the head, while the shoulders are very broad and muscular. Its front legs may be slightly bowed or straight. The ribs should be well-rounded and the chest wide and deep, while the back is short, slightly arched and strong. Its belly should be well tucked up. The thighs are very muscular and the rear legs neither pigeon-toed nor cow-hocked. Tails must be straight. Its coat can be short and close or medium and fine, and comes in gray, black, brindle of red, brindle spots on white, fawn, red or black solid or with white. Pink noses and pink skin around the eyes are undesirable, but it is not a disqualification. The coat is short, close and medium fine. Colors include brindle of red, grey, or black. Brindle spots on white. Solid white. Fawn, red or black, solid or with white. Pink noses and pink skin around eyes are undesirable, but not a disqualification.


Olde English Bulldogges are docile, but capable and protective, fearless and athletic, fierce-looking, determined and courageous, bold and friendly around its family and friends, but a fearless adversary to anyone who threatens his master or property. Unfriendliness to strangers is not a defect, although it’s unusual. This breed likes to chew and should be supplied with plenty of toys and bones. Nyla-bones and rubber "Kong" toys are highly recommended. Rawhides, soft rubber and stuffed toys are unsafe, for they are easily shredded or swallowed whole. Olde English Bulldogges are so eager to please that they may overexert themselves in an effort to do whatever is asked of them. Female Olde English Bulldogges are often more territorial, protective and possessive than male Bulldogges. This breed tends to drool and slobber.



Height: Dogs 16 inches and up (41 cm. and up)
Weight: 50 and up (23 kg. and up)

Health Problems

May be susceptible to "bloat" - a painful and often fatal condition that can be brought on by too large a quantity of food consumed at one time. Like in all large breeds, hip dysplasia sometimes occurs. Breeders are working hard to keep it out of the Olde English Bulldogge, therefore, no dog with bad hips is bred.

Living Conditions

Olde English Bulldogges will adapt to almost any lifestyle. They should be protected from the extreme cold and heat, although they are not as susceptible as the AKC Bulldog.


When properly conditioned they can be active dogs, however, they are equally happy with moderate exercise. They can stay in relatively good shape with good muscle tone with only light exercise. These dogs are naturally slow, and because of their unique structure, they should not be encouraged to jump or engage in strenuous exercise as young pups.

Life Expectancy

About 11 years or more.


Little is needed. This breed is an average shedder.


The Olde English Bulldogge is a very new and rare breed developed by David Leavitt through the crossing half English Bulldog, and the other half: Bullmastiff, Pit Bull, and American Bulldog. In 1971 he became disenchanted with English Bulldogs due to their breeding and breathing problems. He discovered that they didn’t look like their ancestors who were healthier and less extreme. David's goal was to produce a dog with the looks of the 18th century bulldog, with the temperament of today's English Bulldogs, yet healthy, without breathing problems, or all the other aliments today's English Bulldogs are prone to. This new breed can now breathe. They will never be like hounds, able to run for miles during the hottest weather of summer, but they’re three times better than the restricted modern Bulldog. Cesarean section births are not necessary. Artificial insemination, due to male ineptness and lack of drive, has been replaced by natural ties. Life span is over eleven years. All breeding stock have had hip x-rays. No dog with bad hips is bred. David says he is now achieving his goal of producing a Bulldog with the health and temperament to be able to serve people, instead of forcing people to serve him.






Origins of the Breed

In ancient times breeds were not as we know them today. It is believed that
the original Bulldog was created about two thousand years ago, by selective 
breeding of English Mastiff type dogs to produce a smaller more agile dog. 
The Bulldogs of old were very different from today's English Bulldog.Ancient
Bulldogs were taller more agile and had longer muzzles. During the past few 
decades efforts have been made to reproduce the Bulldog of old. The result 
is an alternative breed referred to as an Olde Bulldog or a Bulldogge.


Origin:  United States


Group:  Mastiff


Coat:    Short & Medium Fine


Color: Brindle or Red, Gray or Black, Solid White, Fawn, Red or Black, w/ or w/o White


Weight: 65 lbs and up


Height: 16 inches and up



Through out the history of canine breed development one can see the evidence of how people have changed a canine breed for one reason or another.  In some ways the breeds were improved by breeding a dog for health, temperament and physical ability; and in other ways some breeds have paid a heavy, devastating toll for a person's decision to breed for a specific look, size and/or color pattern.  


To better understand this you only have to look at today's English Bulldog (or Bulldog).  It is a dog of great personality, temperament and spirit.  They make wonderful companions and loving pets.  However, the breed is riddled with health problems such as Luxating Patella's, Hip Dysphasia, breathing difficulties, Elongated Palates and being prone to heat stroke (even in 71 degree weather).  Another major problem that plagues the breed is that females cannot deliver their puppies naturally (due to the blunt, broad heads of the pups) and frequently need cesareans.  Many of these problems are due to an individuals and/or kennel club's decision to tone down the tenacious appearance of the Bulldog of the early 1800's, which was a bigger, healthier, more athletic and physically able dog.  They had lengthier muzzles, legs, and neck and were able to move around with great elegant and strong ease.  They were frequently used to engage in the bloody sport of bull baiting.  Eventually bull baiting was made illegal in England and the breed started to diminish.  What was left of the original specimens was bred to pugs and other small and snub-nosed dogs to make the appearance less intimidating. 


The current day Olde Bulldogge resulted from a breeder's attempt to recreate the ancient English Bulldog, but without its tendency toward aggression. By combining the affable modern English Bulldog with the more resolute American Pit Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff and American Bulldog, he was successful in eliminating the English Bulldog's breathing problems and several other health issues.


The Olde English Bulldogge is a breed that is one in a million.  Instead of developing the breed for a specific look, color pattern or size, it was developed for health, ability and temperament.  It was bred to better an existing breed and this goal has been accomplished with great results and generations of healthy canines to prove it.


The most common health problems reported with some lines of Olde English Bulldogges today are skin disorders, bloat and eye Entropian.  Bloat, which can be a potentially fatal condition, occurs when a dog consumes a very large quantity of food at one feeding. Eye Entropian is a rolling-in of the eyelid. This causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub on the eyeball, which is painful to the dog and often causes corneal ulcers or erosions.  While Hip Dysphasia is a common problem for many large breed dogs, it has significantly been reduced in the Olde English Bulldogge breed due to selective breeding by responsible breeders.


When selecting an Olde English Bulldogge for a pet, it is the buyers responsibility to learn as much as you can about the breed and to make sure you are getting your dog from a breeder that is well educated on the Olde.  A good breeder will explain the difference in the breed's temperament, personalities and builds.  There are slight differences in the build and personalities, depending on what a breeder's preference is.  Some tend to be more driven while others are more laid back.  Usually the ones with short bowlegs have a more laid back personality. This type is commonly referred to as "bully" type.   The Olde's with the longer, straighter legs tend to be more driven and active.  They are commonly referred to as "athletic" type.  Both make amazingly great pets and are devoted and loyal.  They adjust very well to all lifestyles ranging from a single-person apartment to a large family on a big farm.  They need moderate exercise and normally scheduled vet visits.  They are average shedders and the more bully ones tend to drool a bit.  All in all, they are a great pet and excellent and devoted friend. 


This article was written by Terri Stroud of Southern Star Kennel and Willie Sullivan of Sullivan's Kennel