Legendary bulldogges
Olde English Bulldogges

Breed History

The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700 and were early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today.  These include the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog. 

They were originally bred to participate in blood sports such as bull baiting.  This was quite popular in England throughout the 18th Century. 

Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bullbaiting.  The purpose of the Olde English Bulldogge vanished and within a decade the numbers of bulldogs declined almost to extinction. 

Dog show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed but wanted to tone down the agressive temperament of the original Olde English Bulldogge.  They crossed the existing Olde English Bulldogges with other breeds and over the years that followed they developed the modern English Bulldog.  Unfortunately the English Bulldog was wrought with all kinds of genetic health problems.

The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original breed of the 17th and 18th century.  Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal.

The foundation of most of today's Olde English Bulldogges can be traced to English Bulldog, American Bulldog, APBT and Mastiff.

These vairous breeds were used in various combinations to obtain the desired physical traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge. 

What is the result?  A good looking Bulldogge of great athletic ability that is much healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems that plague many of today's modern English Bulldogs.

The goal of all Olde English Bulldogge breeders should be to produce genetically healthier Bulldogges that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers.

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