Is the Olde English Bulldogge the Right Breed For You?
The Olde English Bulldogge vs. The Old English Bull Dog
When most people think of Bulldogs, the Old English Bulldog is probably what comes to mind. This breed is often confused with the Olde English Bulldogge, which is not the same breed or the same dog.
The Olde English Bulldogge is not recognized as a breed by the AKC. However, it is recognized as a breed by the IOEBA (the International Olde English Bulldogge Association). Many, including the AKC, don't consider this dog to be a breed, but rather a mix. However, in reality, all dogs essentially come from wolves and change, adapt, and are bred for certain features over many years and are then recognized as a breed. It would not surprise me if in years to come, the AKC does begin to recognize them as a breed.
Before getting into the specifics about this breed, I'd like to first tell you how this dog differs from the Old English Bulldog you are probably familiar with.
- The most obvious difference is that the English Bulldog is much smaller, lighter, less fit, and less drool-y.
- The English Bulldog is also much more sensitive to hot and cold, meaning you can't have them outdoor for long periods of time in extreme temperatures.
- The English Bulldog is less active and less athletic as well.
- Lastly, the Olde English Bulldogge tends to have less hereditary health problems than the English Bulldog.
- The average cost of ownership of an English Bulldog in vet fees is over $5,000 per year. That seems a bit high to me. However, they are very expensive dogs to own. They often tend to have allergies and skin problems. Hereditary problems that are known to that breed are cherry eye, hip problems, and breathing problems, as well as problems with their pallet. Old English Bulldogges tend to be a bit healthier, as they are a mix of several breeds and specifically designed to be a more active and healthy with, less of the traditional health problems English Bulldogs face.
- They were "created" in England, around 1600 or 1700, and are an ancestor to many bully breeds that are still around today including the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, as well as the Pug, French Bulldog, and many others. They were bred to fight and participate in blood sports, like bull baiting. Large, strong dogs, with courage, agility, and perseverance were needed for the sport.
- In 1835, this cruel sport was outlawed and the numbers of these dogs fell to almost extinction. Breeders who appreciated this great and beautiful dog made an effort to breed out some of the aggressiveness. So, they began to cross remnants of this dog with other breeds, creating the temperament and features they wanted, until they finally developed the English Bulldog. Unfortunately however, this dog has numerous health problems and common genetic problems.
The modern Olde English Bulldogge is essentially a healthier, more active, remake of the 17th century Bulldog. A number of crosses and careful breeding occurred, and now we arrive at this beautiful breed of dog.
They are a mix of the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, American Pitbull Terrier, and the Mastiff. These breeds were used very selectively to achieve the traits and temperament desired. The result: a good looking, very athletic (compared to the English Bulldog), healthier, and more fit dog.
The breeders' goals moving forward should be to create even healthier dogs that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers. Meaning that they can breathe with ease, can breed without artificial insemination, and do not need to be delivered via C-sections, like the English Bulldog.
About the Olde English Bulldogge
In general, this breed is medium-sized, courageous, comes with a large head, and a strong powerful body. They have okay breathing, are athletic, and are of good health.
- Males are free breeders, and females are free whelpers. However, they do breathe better than English Bulldogs and are less sensitive to heat and cold.
- They have good and stable temperement and enjoy praise. They are also very trustworthy and loyal companions, and can even be a protector.
- While they are extremely stubborn, they are still trainable under strong owner.
- The lifespan is between 10 and 14 years, which is much longer than the 8 to 10 years an English Bulldog is expected to live.
- Theis size is something people should be aware of. As opposed to the 30 to 50, maybe 60 pounds an English Bulldog is normally, the Olde English Bulldogge is generally 18-20 inches high for males and 17-18 inches high for females. Females typically weigh between 50-70 pounds whereas males typically weigh between 65-85 pounds. (That said, they can get larger. Mine weighs in at about 96 pounds!)
- These dogs are very happy. They are outgoing, but watchful. In the home, they can be protective.
My Experience Owning One
When I'm looking at a new dog, I often read online and look at breed descriptions. While those are helpful, I don't just want a list of stats and some general generic description, I want to know what it's actually like owning on and to hear from actual owners. For that reason, here's my experience:
- I got mine at eight weeks old. He came from a reputable breeder who followed the breed standard and strived to make a better breed, including doing genetic testing for health defects.
- This breed is different from any other kind out there. I have owned muts, Border Terriers, Rottweilers, and Pitbulls, and this breed is a breed of it's own. They have a personality of their own and are very strong-headed, bordering on stubborn.
- This was my first time owning a strong-minded dog, and I probably could have been better at being a stronger owner and a better pack leader, with a stronger presence. Next time, I'll make sure I do that. Despite having taken my dog to two puppy schools, hiring a private trainer, and working with him myself, he's not as well-trained as dogs I've had in the past. I'm largely to blame, though this breed isn't going to be as obedient or timid as say a Golden Retriever or Lab.
- This breed is very slobbery. I'm always surprised when I speak with English Bulldog owners who tell me their dogs are not slobbery. My dog is extremely slobbery—I think it's the mastiff mix that makes it so.
- Because these dogs are large and strong, that's something to keep in mind for why you want a well trained dog you are in control of. Think about going over to someone's house, and their dog is jumping all over you. With a Maltese, it's not a big deal. However, with a 100 pound Olde English Bulldogge, that jumping isn't just bouncing off your grandmas ankle—he's taking her to the ground. With that said, you need to be a strong owner, have a well trained dog, and be in control of your dog.
It's also important to know what kind of breed you want and what you want to do with your pet. If you're looking for pup to go on multiple mile runs with you, these are not for you. While they are healthy, active, and agile, their body make-up is just not conducive to long runs. They are a dog you can take to the park and have fun with outdoors, providing it's not in extreme temperatures. They are also great for lounging around the house with.
I hope this article has given you a better idea of this breed and whether or not it's right for you!