English Bulldogs are not only popular with dog lovers because they look like dogs from the movies, but also because they have good temperaments. They love attention and will give it without any hesitation. English bulls are very intelligent and loyal companions. They make excellent guard dogs and can even become therapy animals if trained properly. English bulldogs are well known for their loyalty, intelligence, docility, gentleness and devotion to their owners. English bulldogs are affectionate and loving. They are great watchdogs, but they do not bark much. They enjoy being petted and cuddled. English bulldogs make wonderful family pets.
The English Bulldog breed originated in England around 1780 when a group of bullfighters were looking for a new companion dog to replace their aging terriers which had been bred to fight since the 16th century. They found the bull terrier at a fair in Staffordshire, England. At first, the bull terrier was used mainly as a fighting dog. However, it soon became recognized for its loyalty and adaptability to other tasks such as herding livestock or working as a guide dog for blind persons.
Today there are several breeds of English Bulldogs available. Among them are the English Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, Miniature Bullterrier, Cane Corso, French Bulldog and the Continental Bulldog.
The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreated version of the bulldogs from the past few hundred years. They have shorter faces, larger skulls and more muscular bodies than modern English Bulldogs. The Olde English Bulldogges are also more energetic and athletic than the modern bulldogs.
The Olde English Bulldogges are very loyal and protective. They are not suited for first-time dog owners because of their stubborn nature. Olde English Bulldogges are not recommended for families with small children because of their size. They need space to run and should be taken on long brisk walks or jogs on a regular basis.
They can live in an apartment if they get enough exercise. Owners need to be firm, confident and consistent.
The Olde English Bulldogge is not very active indoors, but needs to be taken on a long walk or jog on a regular basis. These dogs are great for people who like to go hiking, biking or jogging. They will enjoy the opportunity to run around and explore. They should not be kept in an apartment.
They are very energetic and active. Owners should begin training early, using force if necessary. These dogs respond well to positive reinforcement.
The Olde English Bulldogge sheds a lot and makes a lot of noise when it eats; it is important to keep food and garbage out of their reach. Their coats do not hold on to smells and they are fairly clean animals. These dogs will chase animals and people. They should be leashed when taken out in public.
They are prone to overheating. The Olde English Bulldogge does better in hotter climates than the English Bulldog or American Bulldog. (All About Dogs, 2012; Dog Breed Info, 2012)
Common Health Problems
Although the Olde English Bulldogge is a fairly healthy breed there are some health concerns that appear in the bloodlines from time to time. The most common ones include heart conditions, hip dysplasia, skin disorders and eye problems. Eye diseases are very prevalent in all types of bulldogs. In fact, the American Kennel Club does not allow English Bulldog to compete in their agility trials because of the high incidence of eye problems in the breed.
Many owners get their Olde English Bulldogges DNA-tested to see if the pup has a high probability of developing these conditions so they can prepare for expensive veterinary bills. The average life span of an Olde English Bulldogge is between eight and twelve years. (All About Dogs, 2012; Dog Breed Info, 2012)
“The Olde English Bulldogge: A Brief History…The Olde English Bulldogge is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the original English Bulldog and several other breeds.”(Dixon, n.d.) The Olde English Bulldogge is a relatively new breed of dog.
Although it shares the name “bulldog” with the modern English Bulldog and American Bulldog, it is quite different from the two. In fact, it is closer in anatomy to the original bull-baiting dogs than either of those. It is believed that the Olde English Bulldogge originated in America during the 70s whenExperimental breeders attempted to recreate the look of the old-fashioned bull-baiting dog using an English Bulldog and various other breeds. There were a lot of different breedings that went into rebuilding the Olde English Bulldogge, but today there are three major bloodlines American bulldogs, American pit bull terriers, and purebred Olde English Bulldogges. (Dixon, n.d.)
In 1987 a group of dedicated breeders got together and formed the Olde English Bulldogge Club (OEBC). The purpose was to help educate the public about this wonderful breed and to make sure that only responsible breeders were allowed in this registry. Before a breeder can even have 1 litter of pups they must prove to the OEBC that they can produce healthy, happy bulldogs. (Dixon, n.d.)
Over the next few years the Olde English Bulldogge gained in popularity and was featured in several dog related magazines. There are even a few celebrities that own this breed, among them is Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Aniston. It can also be seen in several movies including Men In Black and Planet of the Apes. (Dixon, n.d.) The Olde English Bulldogge is still a relatively rare breed.
It is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but the Olde English Bulldogge Club of America is working on having it gain recognition as a member of the Herding Group. (Dixon, n.d.)
It is a good-natured, playful, and loving dog that gets along well with children and other animals when it is raised with them. It is also very loyal to its master. It can even be trained to obey simple commands like sit and stay. (Dixon, n.d.) “The Olde English Bulldogge is a very healthy breed that only suffers from a few minor hereditary problems, the worst of which being hip dysplasia.” (Dixon, n.d.) To help with the cost of medical care due to hip dysplasia and other health problems that may occur after purchasing an Olde English Bulldogge, pet health insurance is recommended.
The Olde English Bulldogge is a fun-loving dog that needs to be around its owners at all times. It is not happy when it is left alone for long periods of time. (Dixon, n.d.) This breed is an excellent guard dog and will warn you of any strangers that come near your property.
It will also try to scare away the intruder if it feels the need by barking at it. This breed does not like to be teased, so it is important that owners show the dog who is boss. The Olde English Bulldogge gets along well with other pets when it is raised with them from a young age. (Dixon, n.d.) It is also very loyal to its owner and children, especially if it has been raised with them.
This breed tends to bark whenever it senses something out of the ordinary. It can even get overly excited when it sees its master after being separated for only a short time. (Dixon, n.d.)
The Olde English Bulldogge is not the breed for everyone. It thrives on human companionship and needs to be around its owner at all times. It is not happy when left alone for long periods of time. (Dixon, n.d.) It also requires a good deal of exercise on a daily basis.
If these needs are not met, the dog will let its owner know in a number of ways. The best way to combat these issues is to make sure the dog gets the exercise it needs and is always around people.
Like many large breeds, Olde English bulldogges are susceptible to hip dysplasia. Some OEBs can be more prone to this than others. It is always a good idea to talk with your breeder about the health testing that has been done on the parents of your puppy.
The Olde English Bulldogge can also suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and seborrhea. It is very important that owners keep up with their grooming and clean and treat any areas where there might be an outbreak.
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