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Olde English Bulldogge

Olde English Bulldogge
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Origin / History The Olde English Bulldogge is a new breed that has been developed by David Leavitt. Leavitt crossed the English Bulldog with the Bullmastiff, American Bulldog, and Pit Bull. In 1971, though, he became disappointed with the English Bulldog because dogs of this breed had breathing and breeding problems. He discovered that these dogs weren't similar to their ancestors, which were healthier. Leavitt's goal was to develop a breed that was similar in appearance to the 18th century Bulldog, but with the temperament of modern English Bulldogs. Unlike today's English Bulldogs, though, he wanted the breed to be free of breathing problems and other illnesses that English Bulldogs are susceptible to.

The breeding program started by Leavitt has produced the Olde English Bulldogge, a breed with the right kind of temperament and health that enables these dogs to serve people. Leavitt is breeding these dogs to become working dogs, but the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club are breeding them to become family companions.

Appearance Olde English Bulldogges are medium-sized, muscular dogs that have a well-balanced and well-proportioned body without any exaggerated features. These dogs have a short, rectangular muzzle with a large, black nose. Their lips are loose and are hanging down past their mouth. Their eyes are round and huge, giving them a babyish look. These dogs have small ears that hang down the sides of their head. They also have a thick neck that has as dewlap leading to their broad shoulders, deep chest, and belly. The legs of these dogs are short and stocky, and their feet are large and round.

Colours These dogs can come in colours such as black, gray, fawn, red, brindle of red, black with white, and brindle spots on white.

Temperament Olde English Bulldogges are sweet and affectionate with their family members. These dogs are also protective of their family and property. They get along well with children. When it comes to strangers, some of these dogs ignore them, some welcome them, and others can be aggressive towards them. This makes early socialization important for this breed. Olde English Bulldogges are also eager to please, sometimes even to the point of overexerting themselves so that they may be able to do what is asked of them.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of 17 to 20 inches and a weight of 60 to 80 pounds. Females, on the other hand, are 16 to 19 inches tall and 50 to 70 pounds heavy.

Common Health Problems These dogs are prone to bloating, a condition brought on by eating too much food all at once. Like other large breeds, Olde English Bulldogges can also be afflicted with hip dysplasia.

Living Conditions Dogs of this breed can adapt to practically any lifestyle. They should, however, be provided with enough protection from extreme heat and cold.

Exercise Requirements These dogs should get at least a moderate amount of exercise. They should be taken out on long walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct to walk. Being allowed to run freely in a large, secure area will also benefit these dogs. Puppies of this breed should not be overexercised.

Training Requirements It's important for these dogs to undergo training at a young age. Owners should also make sure to socialize these dogs from puppyhood onwards.

Life Expectancy These dogs can live for around 11 years or more when properly taken care of.

Grooming Little grooming is needed for these dogs. Their coat just needs to be brushed regularly to get rid of loose and dead hairs. More frequent brushing should be done during shedding season. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when the dogs smell bad or are excessively dirty already.

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