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Olde English Bulldogge

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The Olde English Bulldogge is a recently developed dog from the US also known as the Olde English Bulldog or nicknamed Bulldogge or OEB. It was developed in the 1970s with the purpose of dealing with the many health issues Bulldogs have. It is a large breed with a life span of 9 to 14 years. While muscular it is still agile and athletic, balanced and does not have the breathing issues other Bulldogs have. It is a dog that is great in various working roles but also a loving and steadfast companion.

The Olde English Bulldogge at a Glance
Name Olde English Bulldogge
Other names Olde English Bulldog
Nicknames Bulldogge, OEB
Origin USA
Average size Large
Average weight 50 to 80 pounds
Average height 16 to 20 inches
Life span 9 to 14 years
Coat type Short, tight
Hypoallergenic No
Color White, fawn, red or black, solid color or pied
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Intelligence High
Tolerance to heat Moderate – not good when it is really hot
Tolerance to cold Moderate – not good when it gets cold either
Shedding Average – will be some hair around the home
Drooling High – will need slobber and drool wiped up daily
Obesity Moderate to high – measure its food and make sure it gets enough exercise
Grooming/brushing Average to above average – brush twice a week
Barking Rare
Exercise needs Moderately active – requires daily walks but not hard exercise
Trainability Easy to train
Friendliness Very good
Good first dog Very good
Good family pet Very good with socialization
Good with children Very good to excellent with early socialization
Good with other dogs Very good to excellent with early socialization
Good with other pets Very good to excellent with early socialization
Good with strangers Good but wary – requires early socialization
Good apartment dog Good – indoors it is inactive and a yard is not a a requirement so it can adapt to apartment living
Handles alone time well Low – does not like being alone for long periods
Health issues Fairly healthy – some issues include Hip/elbow dysplasia, bloat, allergies
Medical expenses $485 a year for basic health care and pet insurance
Food expenses $260 a year for a good quality dry dog food and dog treats
Miscellaneous expenses $255 a year for toys, basic training, miscellaneous items and license
Average annual expenses $1000 a year as a starting figure
Cost to purchase $2,750
Rescue organizations Bull Dogger Rescues, No Borders Bulldog Rescue, check local rescues and shelters
Biting Statistics None reported for this Bulldogge but for the English Bulldog Attacks doing bodily harm: 20 Child victims: 12 Deaths: 1 Maimings: 14

The Olde English Bulldogge's Beginnings

The Olde English Bulldogge was developed fairly recently in the 1970s in the US by David Leavitt. He wanted to create a healthier bulldog and so took the English Bulldog and crossed it with Bull Mastiffs, American Bulldogs and American Pit Bull Terriers. With this he created a bulldog breed very similar to an old one, the Regency Period Bull Baiter from the 1800s. The dog was less prone to breathing problems, a little less sensitive to hot and cold, it was athletic, friendly, less aggressive and a hard worker as well as loyal companion.

A breeding program was started in 1971 to rapidly breed a purebred dog, bringing back a breed that was clearly different to the modern English Bulldog. Leavitt used a cattle line breeding scheme that has been created by a Dr Fechimer. After several crosses the Olde English Bulldogge is what emerged. The OEBA (Olde English Bulldogge Association) was started by Leavitt to look after the breed's stud book and give registration to new puppies bred. In the 1980s two breeders worked with him to breed more dogs, the Campettis from Massachusetts. However in 1993 Leavitt stepped away and sold his stock and the registry to Michael Walz owner of Working Dog Inc.

New Lease on Life

At the start of the 21st century the OEBKC was started, Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club, and Leavitt became involved in merging the registry of the OEBA with the OEBKC. In 2005 when some lines of the Olde English Bulldogge did not come up to standard they were separated from the rest of the stock and re-named Leavitt Bulldogs. In 2014 the UKC recognized the Olde English Bulldogge but the AKC has not as yet.

The Dog You See Today

The Olde English Bulldogge is a large and powerful dog weighing 50 to 80 pounds and standing 16 to 20 inches tall. It is agile too though and balanced. Its neck is medium length, wide and a little arched, its body shape is rectangular and its chest is wide and deep. The shoulders are prominent and the legs are powerful with straight hid legs that are set apart so that they appear a little longer than the front legs. It has a coat that is short, close and shiny and common colors are red, grey, black, white or fawn.

This dog has a skull that is large and a muzzle that is wide, deep and squared. The nose is black and the nostrils are wide especially when compared to the muzzle's width. Its light to dark brown eyes are almond shaped, medium sized and have black eye rims. They are set fairly wide apart and low. The small ears though are set high and to the back of the skull and can be tulip, rose or button.


The Inner Olde English Bulldogge


The OEB can be both a great working dog and a great family dog and companion. When working it can be focused, driven, hardworking and enthusiastic. As a companion it is confident, friendly, spirited and docile. This may be a dog that looks fierce but in fact when raised well it is a great family dog, easy going and eager to please. It is also alert so makes a great watchdog, it will let you know by barking if there is an intruder and it is protective too and brave, so would not be too scared to act in its family's defense.

It is wary with strangers and needs proper introductions so it knows they are not likely a threat. It is enthusiastic and cheerful and enjoys spending time with its family and friends. Be prepared this dog enjoys its chew toys and will get through them, make sure you do not get cheap ones that get shredded too easily! It is an intelligent dog and can be a good dog for new owners as long as you are able to show firm and confident leadership.

Living with an Olde English Bulldogge

What will training look like?

As mentioned these are intelligent dogs and usually they are eager to please so they are easy to train when you remain firm and in charge. Training needs to be done confidently, consistently and with patience and positivity. Start basic obedience training and socialization early. It is less likely to develop behavior you do not want and it gives it time to get used to things like different people, sounds, animals, places and situations. It is quite sensitive to your tone and will not respond well to impatience, scolding or even worse physical correction.

How active is the Olde English Bulldogge?

You might think that since this is a large dog it cannot be an apartment dog but in fact they can as long as they get out each day. They are inactive indoors and do not need a large amount of activity, it likes to find a sunny spot to laze in, or rest its head in your lap to snooze. It is not a dog that can handle climates that are too hot or too cold though but it does not have the breathing and over heating issues that other Bulldogs might have. It needs to have owners who can be moderately active with it but avoid activity that requires it to jump too much. Two walks a day with some play with you is good plus occasional off leash time somewhere safe.

Caring for the Olde English Bulldogge

Grooming needs

The coat of the OEB sheds an average amount usually so a brush twice a week with a rubber brush, is usually enough to keep up with the loose hair and keep the coat looking good. It does have seasonal shedding though where the amounts of hair becomes heavy and daily brushing during those periods is a good idea. There will also be some slobber and drool to deal with on a daily basis as it is prone to that. Bathing should just be done when needed as too often has a negative impact on the essential oils in its skin.


The OEB's nails will need to be clipped when they are too long but there are live blood vessels and nerves in dog nails so do it with care. Even a small cut too far down can cause pain and bleeding. If you are worried about this take it to a professional, groomer or vet, and they can do it for you or teach you. Check for infection and clean its ears once a week and give its teeth a brush at least three times a week. This help with bad breath and prevent dental and gum issues which can affect dogs just as much as us.

Feeding Time

The Olde English Bulldogge should be fed 3 to 5 cups of good to high quality dry dog food daily. Brands that are poor quality tend to be less nutrient rich and have fillers. Divide the amount into at least two meals a day. These dogs tend to enjoy their food and can have problems with obesity so measuring the food, tracking treats and making sure it gets daily exercise is a good idea. Make sure it has access to water that is changed as much as possible for fresh..

How is the Olde English Bulldogge with children and other animals?

This dog with socialization and when raised with them especially, gets on very well with children. It will be playful with them, affectionate towards them and protective of them. Bulldogs in general are very good with children, patient and gentle. Teach children not to do things like pull at ears or hurt them, and how to play and touch in a kind way. It can also with socialization get on well with other pets and other dogs.

What Might Go Wrong?

Health Concerns

The Olde English Bulldogge has a life span of 9 to 14 years and is fairly healthy, certainly some of the issues the traditional Bulldogs have, have been made a little to a lot better. Some issues it can still be prone to though include joint dysplasia, bloat, allergies, obesity and heat and cold sensitivity.

Biting Statistics

This dog comes from a history of aggression, all the dogs in its creation have a background like that but today it is a very different dog to what its sum parts once were all those years ago. Careful breeding has focused on a dog that is not aggressive but is calm and friendly. When looking at reports of dogs causing bodily harm to people over 35 years of attacks there is no specific mention of the OEB. However it is perhaps worth mentioning that the English Bulldog is there, it has been involved in 20 incidents. Of those 12 were children, 14 were maimings, and there was 1 death. But remember that is over three and a half decades. With a good owner, training, socialization and exercise and attention the OEB is not a dangerous dog.

Your Pup’s Price Tag

There are several costs to be aware of with dog ownership, the price of the dog itself and then several costs to meet its needs. The OEB puppy itself is not a cheap dog to get. You can expect to pay around $2750 for one and that price can even double depending on the breeder you buy from! Do some research so you find someone you can trust that has good reviews and is knowledgeable and experienced. You may find an Olde English Bulldogge at a shelter or rescue. These dogs just desperately need a new home and could be a great pet. It may be a mixed dog but adoption tends to be more reasonable from $50 to $400. Do not go for less qualified and decent options like puppy mills, pet stores or back yard breeders.


After you get your dog, the expenses do not end there, there are initial health care costs that come to about $290. That will cover things like spaying or neutering, micro chipping, blood tests, physical exam, deworming and shots. There also initial items needed like a collar and leash, crate, bedding, bowls and such. These are likely to come to about $200.

Ongoing costs will then include a decent dry dog food and dog treats, which will run to somewhere like $260 a year. Miscellaneous costs like license, basic training, miscellaneous items and toys will be around $255 a year. Veterinary costs for basic health care (shots, flea and tick prevention, examinations) plus dog insurance costs can be expected to be about $485 a year. A total starting figure for yearly costs is then about $1000.


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The Olde English Bulldogge is definitely a commitment in terms of cost so be sure you want this specific breed. If you raise it well and it has been bred well it should be relaxed and easy going in the home, affectionate, happy and a pleasure to be around. It does not need as much activity as other dogs of its size, but it still needs to get out so you need to be moderately active and happy to get out twice a day on a walk and playing with it. Some of the health issues associated with Bulldogs have been improved, some even claim eliminated. It could be a great dog for the right owners and home.

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