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Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a large breed from the UK that has a life span of 10 to 14 years. It is sometimes just called the Olde Tyme Bulldog or the DOTB. It was developed by a breeder wanting to recreate the Bulldog from Tudor England. They have become quite popular for being confident but docile, strong and fearless but placid and great family pets. It has not been recognized yet though the Kennel Club in the UK.

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge at a Glance
Name Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge
Other names Olde Tyme Bulldog
Nicknames Dorset, DOTB
Origin UK
Average size Large
Average weight 60 to 90 pounds
Average height 19 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Coat type Smooth, flat, short-coat
Hypoallergenic No
Color White, brindle, black, and slate grey-blue
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Intelligence High
Tolerance to heat Moderate – will need monitoring to make sure it does not overheat
Tolerance to cold Good but nothing too cold
Shedding Moderate – will be some hair around the home
Drooling Average to above average especially when eating and drinking
Obesity Average to above average – measure its food and make sure it is well exercised
Grooming/brushing Average – particular care must be given to the wrinkles, brush twice a week
Barking Occasional – will bark but not constant
Exercise needs Average
Trainability Moderately easy to easy
Friendliness Very good – require socialization
Good first dog Good to very good
Good family pet Very good to excellent
Good with children Very good with socialization
Good with other dogs Good with socialization early on
Good with other pets Moderate – socialization is needed as has high prey drive
Good with strangers Good with early socialization
Good apartment dog Good if it gets the proper amount of exercise but prefers a place with a yard
Handles alone time well No – does better if they are not left alone
Health issues Fairly healthy, no issues particular to the breed but some things to look for include ear infections, eye problems and hip dysplasia
Medical expenses $485 a year for basic health care and pet insurance
Food expenses $270 a year for a good quality dry dog food and dog treats
Miscellaneous expenses $245 a year for toys, basic training, miscellaneous items and license
Average annual expenses $1000 a year as a starting figure
Cost to purchase $1,200
Rescue organizations None breed specific, check local rescues and shelters
Biting Statistics None reported

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge's Beginnings

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge was bred and developed in the UK in the 1980s by an enthusiast of Bulldogs by the name of Steve Barnett. He was involved with other bulldog crossing including working with Mr Mollett on the Victorian Bulldog. Barnett wanted to bring back the Bulldog that was seen several hundreds of years before in Tudor England owned by the kings and queens of that time. This was the time when the original dog was bred for the sport of bull and bear baiting. He used different records from those times, paintings, writings and such to gather information about it and began his breeding program to create a new national Bulldogge.

He wanted his dog to that would do well not just in the ring but one that was loyal, athletic, strong, friendly and a good companion while retaining all the things people love about Bulldogs. In his own word he wanted “ a true bulldog both in appearance and traditional bulldog temperament... and be gazed upon with true spirit and real national pride.” It would not have the aggression of the dog back then but would be as admired. The resulting dog had the looks, the flat face and broad muzzle and was hopefully healthier than the out of shape modern bulldogs.

New Lease on Life

Being such a modern dog it has yet to receive recognition in the UK or in the US with the AKC. It does have a fan base in the UK specifically and is gradually becoming more well known around the world. It is so far looking to be a good companion and family pet though numbers remain fairly low so far. Recognition will require owners to register their dogs and will take some time. Since only a certain number are bred each year those interested will have to placed on a waiting list.

The Dog You See Today

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a large dog weighing 60 to 90 pounds and standing 19 to 21 inches tall. It is a stocky dog, athletic, powerful, strong with a muscular and compact body. The neck is medium length and arched and the shoulders slope a little. The chest is deep and broad and its front legs are straight and set well apart, the back are muscled and solid. Its feet are wide, with thick pads and curved nails. It has a strong top line and back, broad loins and a tail that can be straight, corkscrew, crank or pump handle. The coat is tight, smooth, short, fine and flat and colors included black, grey, blue, brindle and pied.

The Dorset's head is large and broad and it has a prominent forehead that is fairly wide and furrowed. It has loose wrinkled skin there as well as on the sides of the head, the cheeks and the throat. The muzzle is deep and broad and in proportion to the rest of the head, it is short but does not hinder respiration, a problem several other Bulldog types have. The nose is wide and the nostrils are open. Its ears are set high and can be either button shaped or rose shaped, the latter being preferred in shows.


The Inner Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge


The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is so far proving to be a great family dog with owners who are firm and clear leaders with it. It is devoted to its family and will want to be included in everything the family gets up to. It does not like being left alone for long periods of time and is happiest when it is with its owners whether that is relaxing together indoors or getting out and about. It needs owners who are more often home than out, it also needs to be given a certain amount of exercise and mental stimulation. It is intelligent and if it gets bored it can be destructive and hard to live with.

It is a dog with a lot of personality, very charming and is a joy to live with. With strong owners it is eager to please and fairly willing though it does have a stubborn side. Inexperienced owners will notice that stubborn side more than experienced ones. It is a sensible dog not a goofy one and when raised well is docile and calm. It is a good friend and companion and can be protective too. It will want to lie at or on your feet and be close to you, it can be quite affectionate and needs lots attention from you.

Living with a Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge

What will training look like?

It tends to be an obedient dog that with some experience is moderately easy to easy to train. It is eager to please and should be trained using positive training techniques. Offer it rewards to motivate it, things like treats and give it encouragement. Still be firm, confident and consistent with it though, it need to know you are the boss. It is a smart and sensitive dog and will respond better to positive and gentle methods rather than scolding or harsh hands. If it does not recognize its owner as its leader it will act dominant and become hard to live with. Being quick learners means it can be quick to pick up bad habits too if its training is not started from an early age. This is also a good way to get through its stubborn side more easily. Avoid being too repetitive as it can become bored and then will lose interest. To keep its focus make the sessions interesting and keep then short but frequent. Early socialization is also important, make sure it is introduced to different people, animals, sounds, places and situations so it knows how to react appropriately.

Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge Pupppy
Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge Puppy

How active is the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge?

Olde Tyme Bulldogges are not high energy dogs but it does still need a good amount of exercise each day along with plenty of mental stimulation to keep it happy and healthy. Expect to give it about 40 to 60 minutes a day of two moderate walks and some physical play with you. It will get bored otherwise and could become destructive, hard to live with and even aggressive. You could also do a short walk in the morning and then a longer one later. Try to give it some off leash time regularly somewhere safe. It likes to have a good roam and explore so it would prefer to have a home with a yard that is well fenced in. Make sure when it is young that it does not do too much jumping on furniture and so on as its joints can get damaged easily at that point.

Caring for the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge

Grooming needs

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge has a short and easy to care for coat and sheds an average amount all year. Give it a brush once or twice a week to keep the coat in good shape and also give it a wipe down daily with a damp cloth. Make sure you get into the wrinkles as if they are not kept clean infection and skin problems can happen. Owners sometimes choose to use a chamois leather to get a good shine on it. Give it a bath just when it needs one and only use a dog shampoo, too often or any other product can cause skin problems too as it dries out its natural oils.


Other needs include keeping its nails trimmed, its ears clean and its teeth brushed. The latter needs a dog toothbrush and toothpaste and should be done about two to three times a week. Its nails should be cut when they get too long taking care not to go too far down the nail as there are nerves and blood vessels there which if cut would hurt and cause pain. The ears should be checked weekly for infection signs like redness, odor, discharge or irritation. They should also be cleaned using a dog ear cleanser or damp cloth and never inserting anything into them. That can do permanent damage and this too would hurt the dog a great deal.

Feeding Time

A Dorset will likely eat about 3½ to 5½ cups of a good to excellent quality dry dog food and dog treats a day, split into at least two meals. The amount will vary from one Dorset to another depending on their size, level of activity, rate of metabolism, health and age. It also needs access to water that is kept as fresh as possible.

How is the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge with children and other animals?

With good socialization and firm leadership the Dorset is good with children, gentle, calm, patient but it is best in homes with older children not young ones. If there are young children in the home make sure you supervise interactions in case things get too rambunctious with its play or in case the children do not touch it carefully enough. Also take care when children are over visiting with yours, its protective instincts may trigger if they get into too much rough housing. If it is raised with other pets it can accept them in some cases, but often it sees other small animals as things to chase. It can get on well too with other dogs with socialization but there can be some dominance issues.

What Might Go Wrong?

Health Concerns

The Olde Tyme Bulldogge has a life span of 10 to 14 years and being such a recent dog there is not much known about specific health issues. Some things it may face include hip dysplasia, ear infections, obesity and eye problems.

Biting Statistics

In reports looking at dogs attacking people and doing bodily harm in the last 35 years in Canada and the US, there is no mention of the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge. It is a dog that has the potential for aggression as it will defend itself and its owners from threat. Being powerful it can do some damage should it get involved into something. As it has only been around a short time understanding long term potential for aggression is not yet possible. However ways to help your dog be the best it can be include good early socialization, good training, supervision, giving it enough exercise and stimulation and giving enough attention and companionship.

Your Pup’s Price Tag

Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge puppies will cost about $1200 from a decent pet quality breeder. For something from a top breeder you can expect to pay more than that, and as there are only so many breeders right now you will have to be placed on a waiting list, and may have to cover transportation fees as well if it is in the UK. Avoid turning to less reputable options like puppy mills, pet stores and back yard breeders. There are shelters and rescues where a lot of dogs are desperate to be taken to a new home. Adoption costs are around $50 to $400.


When you have decided where you are getting your dog from and it is ready to come home there are some initial costs to consider. Items like a crate, collar and leash, carrier when it is a puppy, bowls and such will cost about $200. Health concerns like a physical, deworming, chipping, spaying or neutering, shots and blood tests will cost around $290.

Ongoing costs will include basic health care needs like flea and tick prevention, vaccinations, check ups and pet insurance are about $485 a year. A good quality dry dog food and dog treats will be another $270 a year. Miscellaneous costs like toys, basic training, license and miscellaneous items come to $245 a year. The total starting figure cost is $1000 a year.


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The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a very recent breed so information on it is still very new and untested. It so far though seems to be a bit healthier than the English Bulldog in terms of its breathing and overheating issues. It needs strong leadership and good socialization and training but seems to be a good family companion being loyal, affectionate, gentle and clam indoors, and more playful and curious outside. It is easy to groom, and should also be quite easy to train.

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