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Rio Bravo's Chief Mojave - Olde English Bulldogge

  Olde English Bulldogge 


Registration: All Olde English Bulldogges are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Olde English Bulldogge in 2002.


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

These early Bulldogges were bred to participate in blood sports like bull baiting.  This so called sport, became quite popular in England through out the middle of the 18th Century. 

Bull baiting primarily consisted of staking out a bull and allowing several Bulldogges to attack it.  A dog of great courage and agility was needed for bull baiting.

These early Olde English Bulldogges were a dog of medium size; larger dogs were considered to be the result of mastiff crosses.

Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogges main purpose of existence vanished. 

Within a decade the numbers of Bulldogges declined drastically almost to the point of extinction. 

Early dog show and breed fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed, but wanted to tone down the aggressive temperament of the original Olde English Bulldogge. 
The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Olde Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th century.

Various genetic crosses were used in carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal. 

Today the Olde English Bulldogge is thriving and enjoying an ever growing popularity.

Their lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.

Breed Standard: Olde English Bulldogge

General Impression:  The ideal Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal, courageous dog of medium size with a large powerful head and stout muscular body.

Olde English Bulldogges are athletic and most importantly of very good health, males are free breeders and females are free whelpers. 

The Olde English Bulldogge is devoid of all breathing issues and is capable of enjoying outdoor activity without concern except in extreme heat or cold. 

The temperament of the Olde English Bulldogge is very stable and trustworthy making them a loyal companion, capable protector and the ultimate family member. 

Old English Bulldogges thrive on pleasing their owners and are very trainable.

Head:  Large and high, moderately sunken between the eyes (medial furrow). 
The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog's height at the shoulder.  A narrow head or one that appears too small for the body is a fault.

Ears:  Rose ears set well on the sides of the head are preferred.  Dropped ears are acceptable as long they are small, not “hound like”.  Full pricked ears that stand up on top of the head should be considered a serious fault.

The Olde English Bulldogge's muzzle is broad, deep and short with moderate wrinkling.

The bite of the Olde English Bulldogge is undershot with the bottom jaw turning up noticeably. 

The lower canines should not protrude.

Muzzle too long (more than 3 inches), scissor bite or even bite are disqualifying faults. 

Muzzle should be no shorter than 1 ”.  Wry jaw is a disqualifying fault.

Wide apart and of moderate size.  Any color is acceptable.  However, odd eyes (one dark, one blue or light) should be considered unpreferred.  Misshapen or bugged eyes are a serious fault.  Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable.  Crossed eyes or non-symmetrically shaped eyes are a disqualifying fault. 

The nose of the Olde English Bulldogge is broad with open nostrils (nares) with no sign of air restriction. 

The nose of the Olde English Bulldogge should not be pushed up between the eyes.

From the stop to the end of the nose must be at least one and one half inches.

The nose should be a solid color.  Lacking pigment is a serious fault. A nose lacking all pigment is a disqualifying fault.

The neck of the Olde English Bulldogge is short to medium in length and very muscular flowing into the shoulders and should not be set on the dog so it appears to stop at the shoulders.

Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest wide and deep.  Depth of chest should be at least to the elbows.  A hollow or narrow chest (slab sided) should be considered a serious fault.

Back:  Male Olde English Bulldogges should appear square and balanced.  Female Olde English Bulldogges should appear similar with consideration given for body length.  Short with a very slight rise from the shoulders to a slight drop in the croup is preferred.  A level back is acceptable as long as the tail does not come straight off the top of the back.   

The s
houlders of an Olde English Bulldogge should be well laid back with significant angulations to allow for good movement.  Straight shoulders are a fault.

The Olde English Bulldogge's forelegs should be straight and wide apart, neither bowing out nor turning in. 

There should be significant bone substance.  Elbows should be relatively close to the body.  Lacking bone and substance is very undesirable.  Elbows that are loose or “fiddle fronts” are a disqualifying fault in the Olde English Bulldogge.  “East / West” forelegs are a serious fault.

Rear legs of the Olde English Bulldogge should exhibit significant bend of stifle so to allow for good movement.  They should be well muscled. 

Straight or “posty” rear legs are a serious fault.  Cow hocks are a disqualifying fault.

Movement:  Olde English Bulldogges should have a balanced gait that drives off the rear and is complimented by reach allowing the Bulldogge to cover ground with a sense of power.

Olde English Bulldogges should single track.  Pacing or crabbing is a serious fault.


Round, tight both front and rear, and the pasterns should be strong.  Weak  pasterns and/or splayed feet are disqualifying faults. 

Olde English Bulldogge male are to be 18 - 20 inches at the shoulder.  Female Olde English Bulldogges are to 17 - 19 inches at the shoulder. 

Between 50 to 70 lbs. for females and 65 to 85 lbs. for males.  Although height and weight above the standard is to be discouraged, there is no penalty as long as the dog is well proportioned, otherwise correct and balanced.

Color:  Any color is acceptable in the Olde English Bulldogge with no preference for one over another. 

The coat of the Olde English Bulldogge is short.  A wavy coat or a long coat is a disqualifying fault. 

There should be no signs of feathering on the legs or neck area, also a disqualifying fault.

Tail:  A pump handle tail that naturally reaches the hock is preferred, screwed short or a docked tails are acceptable. 

The pump handle tail should be carried low and not over the back of the dog.

Temperament:  Disposition should be outgoing and happy.  While a watchful nature may be expected at home, human aggression without provocation is a disqualifying fault. 

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