The Olde English Bulldogge is one of the newest dog breeds. It was developed very recently and is recognized throughout the United States as a breed that can stand on its own feet. It has its own breed standard and special breeding programs to help ensure that the lines remain pure.
Centuries ago, nomads came to the British Isle from Asia, and they brought with them the Asiatic mastiff. These dogs were then used in bull baiting. The English started breeding the animals and eventually came up with the Bull dog, so named because of the sport that it was used in.
This continued until around 1835, when the bull baiting sport became outlawed. Most dog breeds of the world became extinct when their initial usefulness wore out, many of them being saved only by a few representatives of the breeds. With the English bulldog however, this was not so.
When bull baiting became outlawed, breeders took the breed which was famous for its aggressiveness, and started to work on breeding the aggression out. For this to realize, they bred this dog to the pug and other short, stubby breeds. When it comes to aggression, they were highly successful as the result was a lovable dog that was trustworthy with children and other animals. On the other hand, they failed miserably when it came to the overall health of the breed.
Their English bulldog suffered from many health problems including hip dysplasia, breathing problems, heat stroke (in 71 degree weather), inability of the males to breed, and inability of the females to give birth naturally (because of the puppies large heads). Not to mention the fact that these dogs could not run and play or do anything else with their human family, because of their short legs and fat body.
In the 1970s, a man named David Leavitt, from Coatsville, PA, decided to take matters into his hands. He decided that he was going to bring the English bulldog back to the way it used to be, and rid the breed of several, if not all of their health problems along the way. He formed the Olde English Bulldogge Association (OEBA) and stud book to issue registrations to future dogs of the breed.
He used a cattle line breeding program with two different lines for crossbreeding later on. The initial breeds used were the English Bulldog, the American Bulldog, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Bullmastiff. The result after just a few generations was a dog that did not have heat stroke problems, the males could breed naturally, the females could give birth naturally, and no aggression, not to mention the eradication several other problems that the English bulldog had. This new breed has been aptly named the " Olde English Bulldogge." This is a breed that can actually go out and run around and play with their family like other dogs.
This breed is medium-sized, muscular, and well-proportioned. It can perform activities without any breathing problems. The average height for males is 42 to 50 cm (17 to 20 inches), and for females is 40 to 47 cm (16 to 19 inches). The average weight for males is 60 to 80 lbs (27 to 36 kg), and for females is 50 to 70 lbs (25 to 32 kg). The average lifespan of this dog is 9 to 14 years. The litter size is between 3 to 12 pups.
The jaw is square and wide. The nose is large and squared. Ears are small. The eyes are medium and almond-shaped. They can be colored in any shade of brown, with a black rim. The coat of this dog can be in brindle or any other solid color, accompanied by white patches.
This is a good companion dog. Its general nature is friendly and playful, yet alert. It is also expressive. It can perform different activities, like playing, running, fetching, and such others. It should have a confident personality. It is a good family pet and guard dog.
The only major problem that may affect this breed is hip dysplasia. Otherwise, it is prone to those common ailments that affect all breeds of dogs. It does not suffer from the health issues that affect purebred English bulldogs.
This dog is now known as the Leavitt Bulldog. The breed standards were adopted by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on 1st January, 2014. In the UKC, however, it has been registered as the Olde English Bulldog, and not by its new name.