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Olde English Bulldogges

Origin:  United States
:  Mastiff
:  Short & Medium Fine
:  Brindle or Red, Grey 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 Dysplasia, 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, 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 "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, "while at the same time diminishing the tenacity of some of the other breeds."

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 Dysplasia 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 Oldes 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 an excellent and devoted friend. 
This article was written by Terri Stroud of Southern Star Kennel and Willie Sullivan of Sullivan's Kennel





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