The Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal, courageous dog, with a very stable temperament. They are medium height with large size, large strong head, and stout muscular body. Olde English Bulldogges are athletic and most importantly of very good health, males are free breeders and females are free whelpers. The Olde English Bulldogge is devoid of all breathing issues and is capable of enjoying outdoor activity with their family…a wonderful companion, protector, and family member. They are very trainable, thrive on pleasing their owners, and do well inside or out. Life span averages 10 to 14 yrs.
The Olde English Bulldogge is said to have originated in England between the 16th and 17th century. These were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog.
The Olde English Bulldogge was originally bred to take part in sports such as bull baiting. In England the so-called sport of bull baiting was popular throughout the beginning of the 18th century. The olde English bulldogge had to be a courageous and agile dog in order to be able to perform what was expected of him. In the 1830’s there were laws passed in England prohibiting the blood sport of bull baiting, which in turn terminated the purpose of the Olde English Bulldogge. As a result of the prohibition, the population of the breed declined almost to the point of extinction within a decade.
It was at that time fanciers of the breed decided to recreate the breed, focusing on diminishing the aggressive temperament of the original Olde English Bulldogge. They crossed the remnants of the existing stock with other breeds over the years that followed, and developed the modern English Bulldog. Unfortunately though, this modern recreated breed is plauged with many genetic health problems.
The Olde English Bulldogge of today is a reconstruction of the original 17th and 18th century bulldogge. To obtain this goal, carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs have used various dog breeds, including English Bulldog, American Bulldog, APBT and Mastiff, selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge. The result is an attractive, healthy and athletic bulldogge. Dogs that are free breathers, breeders, and whelpers, possessing a sound stable temperament.
Today’s Olde English Bulldogge is recognized and registered with the International Olde English Bulldogge Association (IOEBA). The IOEBA’s detailed Olde English Bulldogge Breed Standard is the best guide as to what the perfect Olde English Bulldogge should look like and act like according to the International Olde English Bulldogge Association, the largest and most recognized registry for the breed.