The breed first appeared between 1600 and 1700, back then they were used in blood sports such as bull-baiting which was fairly commonplace, especially in London. Historians believe although it cannot be proven that Olde English Bulldogs originated from ‘ancient war dogs’ which includes the Old Mastiff. In 1835 bull baiting started to become frowned upon as it was only then seen as an act of cruelty to animals. The breed slowly became extinct as the Olde English Bulldog and the Old English Terrier were bred to create a new breed. Yet, the breed was reincarnated with all of the physical similarities but without the violent temperament by line-breeding bulldog with bullmastiff, American bulldog and American pit bull terrier.
Olde English Bulldogs tend to fall into the ‘Medium to Large’ sizing of dogs. Whilst there are many larger dogs out there, their physical stature is still remarkably robust with their wide shoulders and strong, athletic muscular build. They are also distinguishable by their undershot jaws, heavy wrinkles and “blocky heads”.
The average weight of a female Olde English Bulldog is around 50-70 pounds whilst a male will weigh in at 65-85 pounds.
Females will have a body height of 17-19 inches whilst males will measure from 18-20 inches.
The average lifespan of a well-fed Olde English Bulldog is between 10 to 14 years.
Thanks to their brachycephalic skulls the breed tend to snore, snort and dribble quite a lot. If you like peace and quiet in your home, you may want to think twice about introducing an Olde English Bulldog.
Character and Behaviour
Whilst before the reincarnation of the Olde English Bulldog their reputation was fierce, to say the least, the new breeds boast trustworthy, loyal and protective qualities. They are a breed which loves praise and rewards, which makes them easier to train than most dogs. Although be warned, they can be fairly stubborn when they want to be. This is even in comparison to similar breeds such as pit bulls and border terriers. They certainly have their own personality which is more often than not strong-headed. Also, Bulldogs love to eat, so it’s advised not to disturb them when they are eating!
Training and Education
Where possible, train them early. As we’ve mentioned, they’re strong-minded so you’ll need to present yourself as a strong owner from the start. Establish yourself as the pack leader and remember before you welcome an Olde English Bulldog into the family, they are never going to be as timid as a Golden Retriever. Considering their fairly sizable stature, you’re going to want to ensure you can keep them in check and teach them some manners.
Whilst the Olde English Bulldog tends to be a healthy breed in comparison to most they are still prone to respiratory problems this is due to their broad yet short skull (brachycephalic). Other health concerns include exercise and heat intolerances, dental malformations, dietary and skin allergies, hip and knee joint complications, reproductive issues which result in a difficult birth and cherry eye which happens when the third eyelid protrudes.
Grooming and Care
With a short coat, grooming is relatively easy and low maintenance, however, you may notice a fair amount of shedding which can be reduced by brushing regularly. As with any dog, you’ll want to check for fleas every day during warm weather. Due to their short coats they will only require bathing every few months. It is easy to over-exercise an Olde English Bulldog, so ensure only moderate amounts of exercise are offered each day, especially in high temperatures. However, a daily walk is required to retain muscle mass.
Children and Other Pets
Whilst Olde English Bulldogs may be aggressive to unfamiliar dogs due to their protective and loyal nature they make the perfect family pet. Their temperaments are dependable and predictable and often make a good companion even for smaller children, the breed loves to interact with people and are often described as actively social and eager to please.
Most bulldogs can’t swim, so make sure you factor that in before you plan a trip to the beach with your dog! They may not be able to swim, but they are able to jump up to seven feet in the air, perhaps that is what made them the perfect breed for bull baiting. The most words a bulldog has ever learned to respond to correctly was 20. Bulldogs are currently the most popular breed in Los Angeles