Developed in Great Britain around the 1600s, the original Old English Bulldog was bred to compete in so-called “blood sports” like bull- and bear-baiting. After the passage of England’s Cruelty to Animals Act in 1835, these sports were banned, and interest in the breed declined. Eventually, the Old English Bulldog became extinct (although not before contributing to the ancestry of many other “bully” breeds). In the 1970s, breeders began attempting to recreate the "Regency Period Bull Baiter" of the early 1800s, crossing English Bulldogs, American Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers and Bullmastiffs to create a new breed, which they christened the Olde English Bulldogge. Today’s Bulldogge is strong and square, bearing a strong physical resemblance to the Old English Bulldogs of the past, but retaining none of the original breed’s violent disposition.
The Olde English Bulldogge is a muscular, medium-sized dog of great strength, stability and athleticism. His face is not as flat as his modern English Bulldog cousins, and his body is taller and longer. He can weigh between 50 and 80 lbs., and needs moderate daily exercise to keep him in fit form.
Because of his strength, as well as his protective nature over his family and home, a solid foundation in obedience training is a good idea. But while he may look like a tough guy, the Olde English Bulldogge is friendly, loving and eager to please. He loves to chew, so be sure to keep plenty of safe, durable toys around to discourage furniture or shoe destruction!
Modern DNA aside, the Olde English Bulldogge is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Olde English Bulldogges are prone to include joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; digestion conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); eye conditions such as entropion; and skin conditions.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Olde English Bulldogge inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s tummy troubles, you’re covered.