a bit of history

The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the 17-18 century English bulldog.

The English bulldog was the victim of inappropriate selections, thus completely bypassing the initial standard. This bulldog of exhibitions has nothing of aesthetics with his nose ridge overlooking ultra short and fleshy appearance. Moreover, it suffers from numerous health problems including: respiratory, heart, stomach, eye, reproduction.

Most males are not even able to breed naturally and females give birth by c-section! Such aberrant selection does not meet the animal condition.


This is why some great breeders took for mission to recreate the bulldog as it was in the past. According to the preferences some choose different era wich gave birth to divers lines.


The Olde Victorian Bulldogge:

Generally known as the OVB it is a line created by Carlos Woods of My Bulldogges/ Woods Bull breeding  in North Carolina.

The Olde Victorian Bulldogge is physically the Bulldog of the Victorian era. The male must be between 18 and 20 ½ inches and females between 17 and 19 ½ inches with a weight proportional to height.

The OVB is a smooth soft hair dog with torso and chest strongly developed. It has a large head and a thick frame that does not preclude physical activity and liveliness. The muzzle is short and broad but not overly so he can breathe normally and effortlessly.

The rear is slightly higher than the shoulders and the body is muscular and symmetrical. The Olde Victorian Bulldogge is loyal, brave and must have a stable temperament.

The name "Olde Victorian Bulldogge" is a registered trade mark. The Olde Victorian Bulldogge can only be registered by the Victorian Bulldogge Association and only if all of his ancestors are of authenticated lineage in  VBA registery.

The Olde Victorian Bulldogge are registered by VBA (Victorian Bulldogge Association) http://victorianbulldoggeassociation.com/


The Leavitt Bulldogge:

One of the first to want to recreate the breed is an American, David Leavitt, who decided to recreate this breed. English bulldog enthusiast, he was disappointed by health problems and breeding too common in the modern bulldog. By doing some research, he soon realized that the "show" bulldog had little left from his ancestors. Based on ancient paintings and engravings, and following a breeding program developed by State University of Ohio, he decided to recreate the original English bulldog that existed at the 17-18th century England. Thus was created the Leavitt Bulldogge. The 100% Leavitt Bulldogges have a pedigree LBA (Leavitt Bulldogge Association) http://www.leavittbulldogassociation.com



(from United Kingdom) The Victorian Bulldog is also the recreation of an old type of bulldog, but rather the early 20th century, already well-typed but still relatively healthy, his creator is Ken Mollet and his work began in the 80s. Like Leavitt, its creation has been copied and the name Victorian Bulldog is unfortunately too often used for hybrids or mutts. Ken Mollet is dead, but his work continues.

Similar lineage: Renascence (Gargoyle), Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldog (UK), Hermes, Mighty Mac, Nunley Ranch and many others less known. Most lines are 20-30 years old and the OEB is strongly established, though not recognized by the FCI, but by the following federations: IOEBA, NBA, CKC, BKRC, DOTB, OEBKC http: / / www.oldeenglishbulldoggekennelclub.com or IOEBA (International Olde English Bulldogge Association) http://ioeba.net this association also register all other lines recreating the bulldogs of the 17-18th.

We must remain cautious about the latest new lines. Some are only at foundational stage. The insertion of other breeds (Amstaff, Pit, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Bulldog, American, Alaphaha ...) to bring some color, height or look... can lead to unpredictable resalts when full grown and that through 2-3 generations.