Breed Information - Olde English Bulldogges


What Are Olde English Bulldogges?

           Our Olde English Bulldogges are raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with room to roam and cultivate their natural tendencies of loyalty and affection. Built like tanks, these dogs are fearless and seem ferocious, but they are really hiding a friendly, lovable spirit under all those muscles and wrinkles. Great with kids, animals, and other dogs, Olde English Bulldogges are sweet and quirky, but quick to protect if they feel there is a threat. They are also quick to learn, and their intelligent, eager-to-please nature is a joy to be around as long as you establish yourself as in charge. At home, OEBs are laid back and slow, but happy to run around outside or go on a walk when they have someone to play with. And when visitors or friends arrive, you can expect these dogs to be right in the center of attention, with those big, brown eyes and wrinkles melting hearts. They are also relatively low-maintenance, with an average amount of shedding and occasional drool. Olde English Bulldogges are great companions for life, with their affectionate nature and unshakable loyalty, and their quirky personalities will endear themselves to you with one blink of those eyes.


     "Olde English Bulldogges are docile, but capable and protective, fearless and athletic, fierce-looking, determined and courageous, bold and friendly around their family and friends, but fearless adversaries to anyone who threatens their masters or property. 

  ...Olde English Bulldogges are so eager to please that they may overexert themselves in an effort to do whatever is asked of them."


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Why Olde English Bulldogges?

     Olde English Bulldogges are a separate line of bulldog that was originally created by David Leavitt in an attempt to make the breed healthier and able to survive on its own. We love the fierce, grand bulldog look, but when researching the more common English and American Bulldog breeds we found a long list of unfortunate problems and issues. Because of selective breeding, the American and English Bulldog breeds are now rampant with breathing problems because of snouts that are too short, digestive problems, and serious joint issues because of their disproportionate body mass to legs that are too weak. One of the hardest thing about these breeds is that the breeding process is now entirely begun and ended by human intervention. Males and females cannot breed naturally, nor can females give birth naturally but must have a caesarean. If not for active human involvement, English and American Bulldogs would cease to exist.

         Now enter, David Leavitt. In the 1970s, this man sought to bring the bulldog breeds back to their healthy, self-capable roots of the early 1900s and the result was the Olde English Bulldogge. Taller and better proportioned with health issues like hip dysplasia, breathing problems, digestive issues, and the breeding process carefully avoided, these dogs embody the beautiful bulldog look without dealing with expensive health problems. Though the breed has expanded and evolved slightly over the years from David Leavitt’s original idea, the healthy aspects of the Olde English Bulldogge have been carefully preserved and dogs displaying the unfortunate health issues have not been bred.

          After learning about the more healthful Olde English Bulldogge, we knew that was the direction we wanted to go. And soon after that, we had our first dam, Rosie, who had her first litter in January 2019! It has been an amazing adventure so far, and we are excited to see where this road leads. We hope that you will consider Olde English Bulldogges as your next companion and we would love to provide you with a puppy of your own. 


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