'Ello, pup fans! Say that with an English accent because 'O' is for October, but also for the Olde English Bulldogges! Did you know this breed differs from an English Bulldog? Yes! The Olde English Bulldogges are a bit taller, have longer faces, and are less stocky- and a bit more stubborn! Let's learn more about these friendly 'dogges'.
Although some Olde English Bulldogge lines have only been around since the 1970's when David Leavitt and researchers from the Ohio State University bred a line to be healthier than an English Bulldog, other older lines have been around in since the 1700's in England. Originally, they were bread to do bull-baiting. But, thankfully, the sport of bull-baiting was prohibited. The breed was then altered to be more friendly and less agressive. The modern Olde English Bulldogge is inspired by the original Olde Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th centuries.They are a combination of a few similar bulldog breeds, but with healthier anatomy, and won't have so many of the health issues that typical English Bulldogs have.
Looks and Personality:
On average, these pups are about 20 inches tall, and up to 80 pounds! They live longer than an English Bulldog- Old English Bulldogges live about 11 to 14 years. They have short and course coats, and can be colored in shades of black, white, gray, red and even brindle! They're stocky with either floppy or perky ears. They can be solid colored, or with patches or spots.
The Olde English Bulldogge is muscular and athletic, but at the same time, perfectly content to be lazy with you on the sofa. They need about 20 to 40 minutes of activity daily though, and they are friendly with other dogs so a nice walk around the neighborhood will do. Light exercise is enough, so if you're a jogger, it's better to leave them at home during a long run. They love their families and are loyal and sweet, eager to please, outgoing and friendly. They can cause a stir though if real trouble is near! They love to chew, so make sure to have lots of appropriate toys and rubber or nylon bones. Oh, and the drool rules! So if you like a tidy home, watch out. They slobber and drool quite a bit, but that's just showbiz if you own one of these pups! Raincoats recommended! As with most breeds, if these loving dogs lean on you, it's a 'dog hug'!
Coat Grooming and Health:
The Olde English Bulldogge's coat is short, and very easy to care for. Weekly brushing is great for them but also for bonding with your dog! Monthly baths will do, and nails trimmed as needed. Dental chews can be used to keep those teeth bright and clean. Watch out for bad breath, it's just a trait of this breed- but we love 'em anyway. Their ears can get dirty so be sure to clean them gently with a soft wipe. As you can imagine, it's easy to care for them.
Because of their weight and proportions, these pups are prone to hip dysplasia so it's important to follow the light exercise rule, and no jumping when they are pups. Problems can happen that might not show up until later in life. Also, they are prone to bloat- a serious condition that can be prevented by feeding smaller meals after (not before) play or exercise. Make sure this hefty breed has access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Keep a drool cloth handy, especially after they drink! Their breathing is not quite as snuffled as their regular English Bulldog relatives, but it is still important to keep them from overexerting themselves. Also, because of anatomy, they do tend to pass some gas, which is especially fun at family gatherings!
The Olde English Bulldogge makes a wonderful, funny, sweet and loyal member of any family. They do well with a single person, and are also loving and protective with a family. The love they give is much greater than the drool and gas! If you're ready for a pup with character, class and gas, these pups will make a perfect companion!