History on the Olde English Bulldogge

The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600-1700’s. These were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today, including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog. They were breed to participate in blood sports such as bull baiting. A dog of great courage and agility was needed for bull baiting. Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogges existence vanished. Within a decade the number of bulldogs declined drastically almost to extinction. Show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the original Olde English Bulldogge. They cross remnants of the existing stock with the pug and over the years that followed they developed the modern English Bulldog. Unfortunately though, this modern dog is full of all kinds of genetic health problems. The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Olde Bulldogge 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 the Mastiff. Theses dogs were used very selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical and mental traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge. The result has been a good looking Bulldogge of great athletic ability that is much healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems that plaque 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.