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Olde English Bulldogges: Characteristics of the breed and how to live with an Olde English Bulldogge
The Olde English Bulldogge is a very distinctive breed with an interesting history. They are the result of careful breeding of the English Bulldog with other similar dogs – the Bullmastiff, Pit Bull and the American Bulldog. This was done in order to replicate the form of the traditional English Bulldog. The breeding of the English Bulldog for more and more distinct characteristics has produced a dog with breathing and health problems that cannot breed on its own, requiring caesarean section births. Breeding with other breeds was an attempt to produce something that looked like and was as capable as the English Bulldog used to be. This is the reason for calling this the Olde English Bulldogge.
This breed come without the majority of the health problems that spring to mind when someone says ‘bulldog’ and this should improve further with carefully selected breeding.
In this guide we aim to give some good advice about how to live with this breed, as well as the main characteristics that they tend to have.
Physical characteristics of an Olde English Bulldogge
The Olde English Bulldogge has a muscular body, and great strength. They are medium sized dogs with great stability and good athleticism. Unlike some more extreme versions of the bulldog, they are balanced and well-proportioned in appearance. There is nothing that is too exaggerated or oversized.
Depending on what precise mix of parents they have, the Olde English Bulldogge can get to be large and heavy. They may be up to 50cm tall at the shoulders, and are likely to weigh around 30kg, so they can be quite a lot to handle. Breeding has meant that they are tightly muscled.
If they are given regular exercise, this breed can be active. They can also be equally happy with only moderate exercise, and will still keep in fairly good health with strong muscle tone. They are slow dogs because of the way that they are built. They shouldn’t be encouraged to jump too much or take on really strenuous exercise because they are not suited to it. This is true especially of young puppies.
They look like they could still do their original job, which was bull baiting. This was a fairly barbaric practice in which the bulldog would be trained to sneak up and then quickly bite the bull’s nose. They still have quite remarkably sized heads, which contain powerful jaws. This is, however, kept in proportion by a wide and powerful body and shoulders. They will often have large cheeks and a slightly wrinkled... Read More

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