Olde English Bulldogge
The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the Old English Bulldog, an extinct bull-baiting breed which existed in England during the 19th century. After the Cruelty to Animals Act was passed in Parliament in 1835, blood sport was outlawed, and the breed quickly became extinct. The Olde English Bulldogge was developed a century later in the 1970s by David Leavitt, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania. His goal was to create a breed with the health, athleticism, and look of the original Old English Bulldog without the aggression. The new breed was comprised of Â½ Bulldog, 1/6 Bullmastiff, 1/6 American Pit Bull Terrier, and 1/6 American Bulldog. The look of the breed is consistent with its predecessor, and with the help of the Campetti family the breed has become a successful show dog and gained popularity. The breed is currently in review by the UKC.
The Olde English Bulldogge stands 16 to 20 inches tall and weighs 50 to 80 pounds. It is a muscular and proportionate breed with no exaggerated features. The coat of the breed is short and fine and can be gray, fawn, black, red brindle, or red, and can have some white as well.
The breed is confident and alert, yet lacks the aggression of the Old English Bulldog. It is a friendly, loving breed which can make an excellent family pet. It is respected as a worker as well, in arenas such as therapy training, weight pull, and French ring sport.
The breed is significantly healthier than many other Bulldog breeds, due to the great care taken when breeding it.