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Breeds

Breed Name: Old English Bulldog


History

Considered a rare breed, the Old English Bulldog was truly bred to perfection in the 1900's; from their Victorian appearance, to their healthier body make up, this breed is becoming more and more popular in the United States. The English Bulldog bloodlines were crossed with the Bullmastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier and American Bulldog in order to created this magnificent breed we now know today as the Old English Bulldog. Originating with passion as David Leavitt was unimpressed by the English Bulldog and their breathing and health issues; he was determined to create a similar looking breed, that was healthier. He absolutely accomplished such dreams after he was able to perfect the Old English Bulldog.

Appearance

The Old English Bulldog is a medium to large breed, with males measuring an average of 18-20 inches in height and females measuring an average of 17-19 inches in height. This breed typically weighs between 55-70 pounds in weight. The Old English Bulldog gives an appearance of a loving, yet strong and bold breed. Their head is known as a "block head"; very square with rounded edges forming into a very powerful, broad jaw. and square muzzle. Their two ears are average in size to their body build, and should be folded 3/4 down and back; this is also known as "rose ear". Their two large, almond shaped eyes can be hazel to dark brown in color. In general this breed has a very muscular and full body build. Legs are side wide apart and lower to the ground. Their tail is medium in length and is carried low and outwards when not cropped. This breed has a single layer, short coat that should always demonstrate a natural shine and is available in solid white, black, red, fawn, brindle and all combinations of these listed colors.

Temperament

The Old English Bulldog has a very unique personality that can fit well in many family households. This breed is suitable for both apartment and country living atmospheres as long as he or she receives a daily "pack walk" as well as playtime every day. This breed is known for their love, affection and loyalty with family members they grow up around. Owners have noted how playful and yet docile this breed can be with children of all sizes; typically understanding when the appropriate times may be. However, do not let this fool you, the Old English Bulldog is very protective and courageous when it comes to strangers and any possible harm someone may have against their family. This breed will confront any and all suspects at your front door with complete confidence of backing them down. Early socialization as well as early obedience classes are highly recommended for this breed, to teach not only the dog, but the owner on how to handle all situations. This breed can be very active, so both mental and physical daily exercise is needed in order to keep your new dog calm and happy while indoors every night. We want to note that the Old English Bulldog is known for being a "life time chewer" and that this is perfectly controllable with safe and healthy chew toys kept around the house. Please research the best brands of these types of toys for your dog, to ensure their health and safety. This breed can do well with other family pets as well as other canines, if properly introduced and supervised.

Grooming

This breed has a single layer coat that does shed. Daily brushing is recommended to help with shedding. Bathe only when needed.

Special Notes

Note: this breed is prone to extreme bloat that is fatal to them. Please fully educate yourself about the Old English Bulldog breed prior to adding one to your household to ensure that this is the correct breed for you and your family. Do not add a new dog to your home unless you are able to provide physically and financially for the life of your new pet. A properly fenced in area is highly recommended for this breed. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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