Centennial Olde Bulldogges

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The Olde English Bulldogge is a muscular, medium sized dog of great strength, stability and athleticism. It is well balanced and proportioned with no exaggerated features. It has the appearance of a dog capable of doing its original job of bull baiting. Excessive height would have been detrimental for the old working Bulldog as it had to “play low” to avoid the bull’s horns and fasten onto its nose. A heavyweight dog would also have been at a disadvantage as the bull’s nose would have been likely to rip sending the dog flying.


The disposition of the Olde English Bulldogge is confident, courageous and alert. Olde English Bulldogges are very friendly and loving. They are extremely strong and occasionally display same sex dog aggression, so socialization and obedience training are important. It is best to channel high energy individuals to some type of work and exercise.

Olde English Bulldogge Breed Standard

Several of the breed's main attributes from the recently revised breed standard of the Olde English Bulldogge, written (August 2007) by the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club and Leavitt Bulldog Association are listed in the table at right and breed disqualifications below. This Standard was written at the request of the United Kennel Club (not to be confused with the American Kennel Club or AKC) before it began recognizing the Olde English Bulldogge breed as a purebred dog breed within its foundation stock registry program, the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry.


The Olde English Bulldogge may be a healthier breed of dog than many modern Bulldog breeds. The Olde English Bulldogge is quickly becoming well respected in many working venues such as weight pull, therapy training, obedience and several others. They have become excellent breathers and do not have to be kept in an air conditioned environment on hot days. Artificial insemination is not a standard protocol when breeding Olde English Bulldogges; natural ties are the standard. Caesarean sections are only needed in the event of unexpected complications at delivery like with almost any breed of dog. Breeders from the breed's Parent Club, The Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club, Inc., are working vigorously on educating new breeders among the breed on genetic disorders and the benefits modern genetic testing for these disorders can have on preventing genetic disorders in domestic animals. Many breeders are also becoming more aware of how important selective breeding can be to the breed as a whole.


 General overview of Bull-baiting and Blood Sport during the English Regency Period

Bull baiting dogs, referred to today as "Bulldogs", were bred to bait animals; mainly bulls and bears. Baiting sports, often referred to as "Blood Sport", were extremely popular from their inception around the 1100s until they started being banned across Europe in 1835. During "Bull-baiting" the dog would attempt to flatten itself to the ground, creeping as close to the bull as possible, then darting out and attempting to bite the bull in the nose or head area. The bull would often be tethered by a collar and rope which was staked into the ground. As the dog darted at the bull, the bull would attempt to catch the dog with his head and horns and throw it into the air. The dog owners would often try to catch the dog before it fell to the ground to minmimize the dogs injuries so that the dog could continue tormenting the bull.

In 1835, the Cruelty to Animals Act was passed in Parliament that outlawed "Blood Sport" in Great Britain. The Bulldog's work was suddenly over and the Bulldog rapidly started dying out. Around 1865 dog fanciers began developing dog clubs which eventually culminated into conformation shows. Many fanciers utilized various remnants of the dog utilized for "Blood Sport" to resurrect the "Bull" dog and ultimately developed today's modern English Bulldog.


Other namesOld English Bulldog
Country of originUnited States
WeightMale27–36 kg (60–80 lb)
Female25–32 kg (50–70 lb)
HeightMale56–63 cm (17–20 in)
Female54–60 cm (16–19 in)
CoatSmooth, tight and medium to short
ColorGray, black, brindle of red, brindle spots on white, fawn, red or black solid or with white.
Litter size3–12 pups
Life span10–14 years