The Olde English Bulldogge

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Olde English Bulldogge

The Olde English Bulldogge

The Olde English Bulldogge is often confused with the Bulldog and English Bulldog. While they share the Bulldog in their names, they are two distinct breeds of dogs. The Olde English Bulldogge is actually an American version of the Bulldog. Back in the 1970s, several breeds were crossed to create this specific breed. One such breed, the pug, was crossed with the Bulldog to create a shorter muzzle.

Originally, back in the 1700s, the Bulldog was used for what’s called, Bull Baiting. While this is a sport that’s no longer around, it was very popular in England and other countries centuries ago.

What is Bull Baiting?

What is Bull Baiting?

Bull baiting was a sport that was very popular in England and other counties. Practiced in larger cities, it was popular even in the small towns. To start, the bull was placed, usually, in a hole in the ground. People would attempt to get the bull angry by spraying pepper in the bulls nose.

Once the bull was sufficiently angry and thrashing around, people would sic dogs on the bull. The game was, one dog (usually) at a time would try to get the bulls nose. Only gaining points for successfully sinking their teeth into the nose of course. The head was also allowed during the sport, but the nose was preferred.

Bulldogs were especially good at the sport and often used as the main dogs. Hence the name, “Bulldogs.” An unfortunate sport, often with lots of blood and dogs being injured. The bull would win points by throwing the dogs in the air with their horns.

Thankfully, this sport was outlawed in 1835. However, this put the Bulldogs out of work, and the breed started dwindling down soon after.

Why were Bulldogs the most sought after for this sport?

Bulldogs Were The Favorites.

The Bulldogs were the favored dogs for Bull Baiting simply because of their short stature and athletic nature. Bulldogs also have a very wide mouth, able to clamp onto the bulls head or nose easily. Muscular and agile, they were favored over other breeds.

Other breeds were still used as part of the Bull baiting sports though. Old English Bulldogs, Spanish Bulldogs and Bull Terriers were also used among other breeds.

The leaner breeds with smaller mouths weren’t as successful at the sport as the Bulldogs. This created a demand for Bulldogs simply because of their continued success.

Once banned in 1835, by 1865, much of the Bulldog breed was gone However, conformation shows started popping up and people wanted to bring back the Bulldog. Much of what we see today is the modernized version of the Bulldog with a pug-like look.

Olde English Bulldogge Today.

Today, the Olde English Bulldogge is a family oriented dog. A lovable demeanor in general, many people seek out this breed. The ABKC frowns on any aggression exhibited both towards people and dogs. They are typically non-aggressive in nature.

Differing from their pug-like ancestors, the Olde English Bulldogge should not have any breathing problems. They also differ from the English Bulldog in that they can mate with each other, unlike the English Bulldogs.

Bone Structure of the Olde English Bulldogge
Photo Courtesy of Anderson

Typically not very large dogs, they are a medium-sized dog according to the ABKC. Males are usually 60-80 lbs and only 17-20″ to their withers. Females are usually 50-70 lbs and only 16-19″ to their withers. Much the same as the American Pocket Bully in size.

Though, the Olde English Bulldogge was one of the breeds that made up the American Bullies. Among several other Bulldog breeds that breeders combined together.

Why do breeders combine breeds together?

Combining Breeds to Make Breeds.

I mentioned that the Olde English Bulldogge, among other breeds were combined to create the American Bully. Why do breeders combine several breeds of dogs to create another dog?

Some breeders want to make dogs that look a specific way. They want certain traits from certain breeds. For example, let’s say that I want Atlas to be more wide in the shoulders. I can’t make her wide specifically, but her pups can be. So, in looking for a stud for her, I find a stud that’s wide in the shoulders. I would also look at any pups he created. How are they built? How were his sire and dame (his parents) built?

Some breeders however, will cross with other breeds to make a dog they want specifically. If you wanted a shorter American Bulldog, you could either find a smaller version, like the pocket and mate them together. Or, you breed them with another Bulldog breed that’s very short in stature. Either set of pups will have certain traits that you looked for.

Many people don’t want to cross a pure-breed with another breed though. So, now they simply look for a smaller version of theirs to make the pups smaller today. But essentially, breeders in the past have crossed multiple breeds to make the modern day Bulldogs.

Final Words on Olde English Bulldogge.

Now you know the difference in the Olde English, from the English, from the Bulldog. All very different breeds, they share a similar lineage as well as similar look. Many of the breeds mentioned came together to create the American Bully as we know. But people still seek out the pure breed lines of the Olde English Bulldogge by themselves.

A very loving, family oriented dog, I can see why. Not as wide spread as some of the other breeds, they are very special dogs indeed.

According to the National Bulldogge Association, they exhibit very special qualities. Loyalty, courage, and a very stable temperament. Of course people look to find this lovable breed as family pets!

Do you have an Olde English Bulldogge? What do you like best about the breed? How difficult was it to find that breed where you live? Post pictures of your dog so everyone can see the difference in the Olde English Bulldogge over the English Bulldog and the Bulldog.

People would love to see your doggie pictures!

4 thoughts on “The Olde English Bulldogge

  1. Hey,

    This is such an interesting article. I can feel your passion when reading the words when you describe the bulldogs. My friends and my brother would love this article as they both have a bulldog. I love both dogs and I know that they would love to learn a lot more about their dog.

    I will share this article with them and encourage them to comment or get in touch if they have any questions, if that is OK with you?

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,


    1. Absolutely Tom! I didn’t know much about my breed until I really started digging too. It’s just so nice to learn where they come from and how breeders have changed them over the years! I’m going to keep going with the Bully breeds and their history as well, so at some point, I’ll touch on each one!

      Thanks for reading! I’m really glad you enjoyed this article!!

  2. One of the best breeds I’ve ever seen, and trust me when I say, I’ve seen a lot. There’s just something about Olde English Bulldogges that makes you want to fall in love with them.

    My friend had one, and I took care of him while my friend was travelling.

    I can swear that my heart melted a bit every time that puppy looked me in the eyes. Such a dominant and caring breed, words can’t describe it.

    Thank you for this lovely post! As always, your content doesn’t dissapoint.

    1. Gorjan,

      That’s so awesome that you had a personal connection with this wonderful breed of dog! They are characters, aren’t they? I have to admit, there is something that melts when they look at us in the eyes. My heart just melts every time with Atlas, and she only has this breed in her lineage. I swear, the old breeders took the smartest of dogs and mated them all together to just make perfect breeds. The best family dogs I’ve ever had in my life.

      Thanks for reading this! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it!


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