The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between the 1600s and 1700s. 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 to large size. 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.
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.