Olde English Bulldogge is a medium sized dog that was developed during the 1970s by an American breeder, David Leavitt. Mr. Leavitt wanted to create a dog breed looking similar to the Bulldogs of the 17th and 18th century. Olde English Bulldogge can be considered as the modern recreation of old Regency Period bull-baiting dogs.
The breed was specifically bred by crossing breeds like English Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Pit Bull and American Bulldog so as to produce genetically healthier dogs with less amount of aggression as compared to English Bulldogs. These dog breeds were used very selectively in various combinations to get the desired results.
Olde English Bulldogge has a well balanced and muscular build. The muzzle is square, wide, deep and characterized by slight to moderate wrinkles on it. The nose is broad and large when compared to the width of the muzzle. The medium sized eyes are round to almond in shape. They are brown in color. The small to medium sized ears that are set high on the skull can be rose, button or tulip.
Color: These dogs are available in a variety of colors like brindle of red, gray, fawn or black; solid white, solid fawn, solid red or black or pied.
Height: The average height of these dogs is generally 17 to 20 inches. Female Olde English Bulldogges are usually a bit shorter, that is, 16 to 19 inches in height.
Weight: The ideal weight of these dogs ranges between 60 to 80 pounds. Bitches, on the other hand, are generally 50 to 70 pounds in weight.
This is a relatively healthy dog breed with fewer health problems. The breeders are trying to keep out the problem of Hip Dysplasia. Though, some dogs may be prone to bloating which is quite a common health issue in dogs. Besides, Olde English Bulldogge puppies should not be engaged in strenuous activities, not even jumping as they are characterized by a unique structure. These dogs tend to drool and slobber as well.
Life Expectancy: The average Olde English Bulldogge life expectancy is about 11-12 years.
Litter Size: Olde English Bulldogge litter size is generally 3 to 12 puppies.
The short and close-fitting hair coat of an Olde English Bulldogge requires minimal grooming. The average shedding, fine-textured coat needs to be brushed and combed about once in a week’s time to maintain it in perfect shiny condition.
Other grooming activities such as nail trimming, eye cleaning, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, etc need to be carried out on a regular basis. Though, these dogs do not need to be bathed frequently.
Olde English Bulldogge temperament is loyal, courageous, adaptable, alert, outgoing, friendly, loving, protective, sensitive and stubborn at times. They are active but not overly boisterous. These dogs are generally good with kidsand mix well with other pets in the house. They can be aggressive towards dogs of the same sex.
Nevertheless, they can be wary of strangers. In order to avoid destructive behaviors and keep them disciplined, Olde English Bulldogge breed dogs should be trained and socialized right from the beginning. These intelligent dogs need to be trained with patience and consistency.
Training, however, is generally not a difficult task as these dogs are always eager to please their owners. Apart from being wonderful companion dogs, the alert and attentive Olde English Bulldogges make for excellent watchdogs too.
These adaptable dogs are well suited for apartment situation. They prefer warmer climates but are usually less tolerant of temperature extremes. Olde English Bulldogge breed dogs need moderate amount of physical exercise regularly to remain physically fit.
As your beloved Olde English Bulldogge is characterized a tendency to chew anything within his reach, it is recommended that you provide the dog with some chew toys to keep him engaged.