Old English Bulldog

The Old English Bulldog is an extinct breed which was derived from ancient war breeds such as the Mastiff and the Alaunt. The breed was eventually crossed with the Greyhound to increase the speed and reduce the weight of specimens at that time. The breed was used for bull-baiting and dog fighting. When the Cruelty to Animals Act was passed in 1835, the breeding of the Old English Bulldog hit a sharp decline. The breed eventually became extinct due to lack of interest combined with the creation of superior fighting breeds.

The Old English Bulldog was broad, muscular, and compact. The breed generally stood around 15 inches tall and weighed 45 pounds. The lower jaw of the breed protruded a great deal in front of the upper jaw, which was a characteristic feature allowing the Old English Bulldog to get air as it gripped the bull.

There are several “reincarnations” of the breed, such as the Olde English Bulldogge. The Olde English Bulldogge was an attempt to recreate the breed using newer breeds, as the genetics from the original breed are extinct. There are several other less popular recreations of the breed.