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If you are just coming across the breed of an Olde English Bulldogge and wondering why the name has been so dramatically spelled wrong, you have a lot to learn.

It might come as a surprise, but Olde English Bulldogges are actually an extinct breed of dog that have come back to life.

In the event that you already have adopted the Olde English Bulldogge, you might be wondering whether there is an Olde English Bulldogge weight chart available to help you work out what you need to know about the breed.

That is not so very straightforward, as Olde English Bulldogges are one half English Bulldog, one-sixth Bullmastiff, one-sixth American Pitbull Terrier, and one-sixth American Bulldog.

When Do Olde English Bulldogges Stop Growing

Even though the Olde English Bulldogge is the reinvention of an extinct breed (Old English Bulldog), the dogs are considered adults when they are about a year old.

The exact time that they stop growing will vary from dog to dog, especially since the breed is made up of a combination of several breeds, but as a rule, a year of age is when they are done growing.

The dogs can continue to gain height and weight until 18 months as well, but as a rule, you can expect the breed to be about done growing around a year.

Olde English Bulldogge Weight Chart 

You can use an Olde English Bulldogge growth chart in order to work out how large your puppy will be as he grows.

It is important to know that since there are many different breeds considered when looking at an Olde English Bulldogge, the weight charts might not be % perfect.

But, it still should be able to help guide you to working out how large your puppy will be when he is fully grown.

As you look at the weight chart, just follow where your puppy’s age will run into the puppy’s weight to get an idea where he is on the growth curve, you can then follow the curve to see how large your puppy is going to be in the future.

This is not foolproof, however. Your puppy might not fit with the chart at all. That is fine as long as he stays on his growth curve.

Olde English Bulldogge Puppy Weight Chart

AgeWeight Range (lb)Weight Range (kg)
Birth - lbs - kg
1 Month4 - 5 lbs - kg
2 Months8 - 10 lbs - kg
3 Months13 - 15 lbs - kg
5 Months20 - 25 lbs9 - kg
9 Months40 - 45 lbs18 - kg
12 Months55 - 75 lbs25 - 35 kg

Olde English Bulldogge Growth &#; What To Expect

Olde English Bulldogge Growth

Birth &#; 2 Weeks

When your Olde English Bulldoggeis born, you will not be able to expect much out of the puppy. The puppy will be with his mother at this point, relying on her milk.

They are born with their eyes closed and it will take several days to be able to see. The Olde English Bulldogges are usually between 4 and 5 ounces at birth, but they will grow quickly.

3 Weeks &#; 12 Weeks

Between 3 weeks and 12 weeks, you can expect to see a lot of change your Olde English Bulldogge puppy. They become far more responsive to sounds and will begin to really explore their world.

They can grow from 5 to 15 pounds in this time period as well, so you know that the puppies will grow very quickly. This is when your puppy is going to start getting into all kinds of trouble.

4 Months &#; 6 Months

When your Olde English Bulldogge puppy is between the age of 4 and 6 months old, he will be growing steadily. He should be somewhere between 20 and 25 pounds when he is 5 months old.

Just make sure that your puppy is continuing to follow his own growth curve as he ages. He should have quite the personality at this point and be getting up to all of kids of mischief.

7 Months &#; 9 Months

By the time your Olde English Bulldogge puppy is 9 months old, you can expect him to weigh around 45 pounds.

He will be closer to his final weight, but should not be fully grown at this point, though he should have really developed his personality.

You can also reduce his meals to just twice a day, instead of the three times a day that is common for puppies 6 months old and younger.

10 Months &#; 12 Month

Between 10 months and 12 months old, your puppy will be in his final growth leap. He should be completely grown around his first birthday, though some dogs will continue to grow for a little while after.

At this age, you can expect your puppy to be anywhere from 50 all the way up to 80 pounds, depending on whether he is male or female and the genetic size of your dog.


Olde English Bulldogges reach adulthood somewhere between 12 and 18 months of age.

Most often, the dogs will have reached their final height by 12 months, but they will still continue to gain weight until they are 18 months.

This is the time to watch out for unnecessary weight gain and to switch your dog from puppy food to regular dog food. It is very difficult to get a dog to lose weight once they have gained too much. 

How Big Will My Olde English Bulldogge Puppy Get 

Looking at the weight chart for your Olde English Bulldogge, you will see that the average final weight for a female Olde English Bulldogge is between 50 and 70 pounds.

For a male Olde English Bulldogge, the dog can reach up to 65 to 85 pounds. These are just average weights, however. The actual weight of your own Olde English Bulldogge will depend on the dog himself.

You can work out how large he will be by following his growth curve, looking at how big he was in the past and using that to work out how large he will be in the future.

Factors That Affect Olde English Bulldogge Growth 

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Genetics & Gender

Genetics and gender are two of the biggest factors that determine your Olde English Bulldogge’s size. They will be genetically more inclined to being larger or smaller, depending on the size of their parents.

Usually looking at the parents’ size will help give you a clue as to what you can really expect size-wise. Also, male Olde English Bulldogges are going to be generally larger in size than female Olde English Bulldogges are.


In general, nutrition is not likely to affect the growth of your Olde English Bulldogge as far as size goes. Even undernourished dogs will still maintain the height that they would have had.

The issue is that they might not be getting enough nutrients, which could make their bones weaker or could be the source of future health issues. It might not impact their size, but it will for sure impact their health.

Physical Activity & Health

Physical activity and overall health can also affect the dog’s growth, but it might not be the way that you expect. Good physical activity can help keep your dog the appropriate weight for his size, which can prevent future health issues.

Overweight dogs will still be the same height regardless, but they will not be as healthy or mobile.

If your dog already has health issues, it could cause stunted growth, but is more likely to just shorten the dog’s lifespan.

What If My Olde English Bulldogge Is Not The Right Weight 

If you are looking at the Olde English Bulldogge growth chart and thinking that your dog is not the right weight, there are a few considerations to think about.

The first, and most important, is where is your dog on his growth curve? The growth curve is the natural curve that dogs will gain weight using.

Every dog will have his own growth curve, so as long has he is gaining weight at the appropriate pace and has consistently done so, there is nothing to worry about.

If you are noticing that your dog is looking more overweight or you can see his ribs, then you might need to consider other options. For a dog that appears underweight, the first step is to increase his food slightly.

If his appetite is healthy, he should eat it. If your dog is overweight or is off his growth curve, it is best to confer with the vet to see what you should do.

What Is The Life Expectancy Of Olde English Bulldogges? 

The average life expectancy of an Olde English Bulldogge is between 10 and 14 years. This is a pretty typical age for large breed dogs, because they do not have as long of life expectancies as smaller dogs do.

That said, it is important to note that how you treat your Olde English Bulldogge can affect his lifespan.

Dogs who are fed well, exercised well, and who are well-loved have a longer lifespan than dogs who are not well taken care of.

Their lives can also be cut short if they are not well watched and make mistakes that cause an early death.

Olde English Bulldogge Genetics And Common Health Problems 

While the Olde English Bulldogge is a classic breed that has been recreated, it is really a specific kind of mix of breeds that are working together to result in a set combination.

As a result, Olde English Bulldogges have fewer health issues that other purebred dogs do. This is a common situation with mixed breeds as well. Still, there are a few common health issues, including:

  • Hip dysplasia: This is a condition where the hip joints have not grown correctly, causing mobility issues as the dog ages.
  • Entropion:This is a common, but fixable, genetic condition where the dog has too much eyelid, so the eyelashes roll inward. This causes abrasions and pain, but it is correctable by surgery.
  • Bloat: This can be a fatal condition; it is where the dog’s stomach fills with food or gas and then twists, causing a major blockage. This progresses quickly and can be fatal.
  • Dermatitis: This just means a skin irritation and is controlled through diet most of the time.

Final Words 

While the Olde English Bulldogge breed was once considered extinct, the breed is back and makes for a charming pet.

Just remember that when you are looking at the dogs expected weight that you need to think about how quickly he is growing and whether he is staying on his own growth curve.

Feed your dog with good quality food at least twice a day and make sure that you can see the dog’s waist, but you should not be able to count his ribs with your eyes. If you do become concerned about your dog’s growth, always ask your vet for guidance.


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I enjoy writing about my experience caring for and living with an Olde English Bulldogge.

The Olde English Bulldogge vs. the Old English Bulldog

When most people think of a bulldog, the Old English Bulldog, or even the modern-day English Bulldog, is often what comes to mind. Surprisingly, the Old English Bulldog is actually extinct, and the modern-day English Bulldog is what we've come to automatically identify as the classic bulldog with its short stature, boxy body, and heavy wrinkles.

Both of these breeds are commonly confused with the Olde English Bulldogge (OEB), which made its first appearance in the s in the United States. This new breed was in many ways created to capture the traits of the original and extinct Old English Bulldog&#x;the athletic, agile, bull-baiting breed of the 17th century.


Old English Bulldogs are extinct.

Today's Olde English Bulldogge looks dissimilar to its living relative, the English Bulldog, and was choicely named to help distinguish the two.

Olde English Bulldogges are a blend of the following breeds:

  • 1/2 English Bulldog
  • 1/6th Bullmastiff
  • 1/6th American Pit Bull Terrier
  • 1/6th American Bulldog

Why Do Olde English Bulldogges Make Great Pets?

Olde English Bulldogges have many great attributes. Compared to other bulldog breeds, they have less of the health issues associated with standard brachycephalic breeds (characterized by a shortened muzzle) and are known for their excellent temperament. Here are some of their positive attributes:

  • Good Temperament: They are trustworthy, loyal, protective, and loving.
  • Friendly: They do well with other animals and small kids (when socialized and trained early).
  • Athletic: They are athletic, hardy, and less sensitive to hot and cold climates compared to other brachycephalics.
  • Hypoallergenic: Their coat type and coat dander do not trigger allergies in most sensitive individuals.
  • Trainable: They are eager to please and do well when engaged in training activities.
  • Good Health: Compared to other breeds, OEBs possess less of the commonly inherited negative bulldog traits (airway issues, hip issues, climate sensitivity, difficult births and breeding).

An Extinct Breed: The History of the Old English Bulldog

The Old English Bulldog is an extinct breed. The breed was created in England around the s or s, and it is the ancestor of many bully breeds that are still around today including the English Bulldog and American Bulldog. Celebrated for its compact, muscular build and its large lower jaw, this strong, courageous, agile, and hardy breed was used for English blood sport and bull baiting in London up until the decline of these activities upon the passing of the Cruelty to Animals Act in The breed was thought to derive from the Old Mastiff or Alaunt of the 17th century, an ancient breed used in times of war.

Breeding to Extinction

One parent breed, the proper Mastiff, wasn't quick enough for bull baiting, so the Old English Bulldog was blended with the Old English Terrier to create an athletic, fast-acting hybrid. This breed was designated the "Bull and Terrier" and was an early attempt at the Bull Terrier and American pit bull breeds. This development further led to the eventual decline of the Old English Bulldog.

Breeders who appreciated this great, beautiful dog made an effort to breed out some of its aggression. They began to cross remnants of this dog with other breeds in an attempt to select for the temperament and features they wanted; finally, they developed the English Bulldog. Unfortunately, this breed has numerous inherited health issues.

The breeders' goals moving forward should be to create even healthier dogs that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers, meaning that they can breathe with ease, can breed without artificial insemination, and do not need to be delivered via C-sections.

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The Appearance of a Standard Olde English Bulldogge

The Leavitt Bulldog or Olde English Bulldogge—a recreation of the extinct Old English Bulldog.
The Leavitt Bulldog or Olde English Bulldogge—a recreation of the extinct Old English Bulldog.
The Leavitt Bulldog
The Olde English Bulldogge

The Leavitt Bulldog or Olde English Bulldogge&#x;a recreation of the extinct Old English Bulldog.

A New Breed: The Olde English Bulldogge

The modern Olde English Bulldogge is essentially a healthier and more active remake of its 17th-century relative. It is a mix of the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, and the Mastiff. All of these breeds were used to selectively achieve the traits and temperament desired. The result: A good-looking and athletic (compared to the English Bulldog) dog with a happy disposition.

David Leavitt and the OEB Association

The Olde English Bulldogge was so named to differentiate it from the modern English Bulldog and is not currently recognized as a breed by the AKC. However, the breed is recognized by the IOEBA (the International Olde English Bulldogge Association). Many, including the AKC, don't consider this dog to be a breed but rather a mix. However, all dogs essentially change and adapt and are bred for certain features over many years. Eventually, they are often recognized as a breed. It would not surprise me if in years to come, the AKC begins to recognize OEBs as a breed.

Breed Evolution and Breeding Standards

In , David Leavitt employed a cattle-breeding model developed by Dr. Fechimer of Ohio State to arrive at an athletic bulldog breed with a similar build and gentler disposition than that of the extinct Old English Bulldog. According to David Leavitt, the OEB does not have the undesired traits of the breed's relatives (difficult births, hip issues, and brachycephalic syndrome). Leavitt is quoted below regarding his breed standards:

"Cesarean section births are not necessary. Artificial insemination, due to male ineptness and lack of drive, has been replaced by natural ties. Life span is over eleven years. All breeding stock have had hip x-rays. No dog with bad hips is bred."

Today, many breeders misleadingly register their designer puppies and dogs for sale as OEBs, even though their breeding program standards may have been compromised.


To combat false breed registries, the Leavitt Bulldog Association and registry was formed in to recognize the small percentage of OEB original stock.

Olde English Bulldogge Breed Traits and Temperament

  • Body Weight: pounds (females); pounds (males); (Mine weighs in at about 96 pounds!)
  • Body Height: inches (females); inches (males)
  • Body Type: Medium-sized to large; wide shoulders, muscular, strong, and athletic
  • Muzzle Type: Large and broad; brachycephalic traits but with unrestricted nares; undershot jaw, blocky head
  • Temperament: Courageous and stable temperament, enjoys praise; trustworthy, loyal, and protective
  • Lifespan:Between 10 to 14 years
  • Coat Type: Short
  • Trainability: High; eager to please

Video: Living With the Olde English Bulldogge

My Experience Owning a Bulldog

When I'm looking at a new dog, I often do my research online and look at breed descriptions. While those are helpful, I don't just want a list of stats and some generic description. I want to know what it's actually like owning one, and I like to hear from actual owners. For that reason, here's my experience:

  • Find a Reputable Breeder: I got mine when he was eight weeks old. He came from a reputable breeder who followed the breed standard and strived to make a better breed, including doing genetic testing for health defects.
  • They Are Stubborn: This breed is different from any other kind out there. I have owned mutts, Border Terriers, Rottweilers, and pit bulls, and this breed is a breed of its own. They have a personality of their own and are very strong-headed, bordering on stubborn.
  • Train Them Early: This was my first time owning a strong-minded dog, and I probably could have been a stronger owner and a better pack leader with a stronger presence. Despite having taken my dog to two puppy schools, hiring a private trainer, and working with him myself, he's not as well-trained as dogs I've had in the past. I'm largely to blame, though this breed isn't going to be as obedient or timid as a Golden Retriever.
  • Be Prepared for Drool: This breed is very slobbery. I'm always surprised when I speak with bulldog owners who tell me their dogs are not slobbery. My dog is extremely slobbery&#x;I think it's the mastiff mix that makes it so.
  • Teach Them Manners: Because these dogs are large and strong, that's something to keep in mind for why you want a well-trained dog. Think about going over to someone's house who has a jumpy dog. With a Maltese, it's not a big deal. However, with a pound Olde English Bulldogge, that dog isn't just bouncing off your grandma's ankle&#x;he's taking her to the ground. With that said, you need to be a strong owner, have a well-trained dog, and be in control of your dog.

How to Tell Bulldog Breeds Apart

A Comparison of the Differences in Bulldog Breeds

TraitOlde English BulldoggeEnglish BulldogAmerican Bulldog


50&#x;70 lbs (F); 65&#x;85 lbs (M)

30&#x;50 lbs (maybe 60 lbs)

60&#x;90 lbs (F); 71&#x; lbs (M)


10&#x;14 years

8&#x;10 years

10&#x;15 years

Body Height

17&#x;18 inches (F); 18&#x;20 inches (M)

12&#x;16 inches (F); 12&#x;16 inches (M)

20&#x;24 inches (F); 20&#x;26 inches (M)

Health Concerns




Breathing Difficulty

Mildly Problematic

Highly Problematic

Moderately Problematic


Free breeders and free whelpers

C-section required

C-section with large litters

Heat and Cold Tolerance

Mild Sensitivity

High Sensitivity

Mild Sensitivity

The "Classic" English Bulldog Breed Traits and Temperament

The English Bulldog or the classic bulldog breed you are probably familiar with is much different from the OEB. Olde English Bulldogges tend to be a bit healthier, as they are a mix of several breeds and specifically designed to be more active and healthy with less of the traditional health problems English Bulldogs possess.

English Bulldog Traits

  • Appearance: Large head, short muzzle (brachycephalic), undershot jaw
  • Size: Medium (averaging 50 pounds as adults)
  • Body: Stocky, blocky head; short legs
  • Wrinkles: Heavy
  • Temperament: Gentle, loyal, protective, stubborn
  • Notable Traits: Heavy breathers, brachycephalic
  • Health Issues: Respiratory, heat and exercise intolerance, dental and pallet malformations, skin and dietary allergies, knee joint and hip complications, reproductive issues and dystocia-prone (difficult birth), cherry eye

The most obvious difference is that the English Bulldog is much smaller and lighter in build and much more sensitive to hot and cold&#x;you can't have them outdoors for long periods of time in extreme temperatures or exercise them as hard. The average cost of ownership of an English Bulldog (in vet fees) is over several thousands of dollars a year. They are very expensive dogs to own and tend to have numerous health issues much like French Bulldogs.

What Is the Difference Between an Olde English Bulldog and an American Bulldog?

Olde English Bulldogges and American Bulldogs are quite similar in appearance, however, the American Bulldog is much larger, taller, and originated in the s. The OEB is a fine breed for beginner owners, whereas the American Bulldog is recommended for experienced owners. Both are great with children, trainable, and loyal; the American Bulldog has a higher tendency to bark, is more energetic, has higher grooming needs, and is not hypoallergenic, whereas the Olde English Bulldogge is hypoallergenic.

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The Olde English Bulldogge is a muscular, medium sized dog of great strength, stability and athleticism. He is well balanced and proportioned, with no features exaggerated or standing out. He has the appearance of a dog capable of doing his original job, bull baiting. The OEB head is prominent and dramatic. The circumference of the head is at least equal to the dog’s height at the withers. The cheeks are large, well developed and display powerful jaw muscles. A slightly wrinkled forehead is acceptable. The skull is large but well-proportioned to the dog’s muscular body and prominent shoulders. There is a crease from the stop to the occiput. It has a narrow skull and domed forehead. The muzzle is square, wide and deep, with definite layback. Distance from the tip of the nose to the stop does not exceed one-third of the distance from the tip of the nose to the occiput. Height of the muzzle from the bottom of the chin to the top of the muzzle is equal to or greater than the length of the muzzle, thus producing the deep, square muzzle. There is slight to moderate wrinkle on the muzzle. Flews are semi-pendulous. The bite is undershot and horizontally straight. Underbite is ¾” or less. Lower jawbone is moderately curved from front to back. Eyes are round to almond-shape and medium sized. They are set wide apart, with the outside corner of the eye intersecting with the outside line of the skull and are set low, at the level of the muzzle, where the stop and muzzle intersect. Eye color is brown, with black pigmented eye rims. Canine teeth are large. Broken, chipped or extracted teeth are acceptable. There are 6 corn row teeth between canines. Nostrils are wide with a line running vertically between nostrils from the tip of nose down to the bottom of the upper lip. Nose is large and broad in relationship to the width of the muzzle. Nose color is black. Ears are rose, button or tulip, with rose preferred. They are set high and to the rear of the skull. The ears are positioned as wide as possible on the outside of the skull. They are small to medium in size. Neck is medium length, wide, and slightly arched. It is a little smaller than the head where the two meet, and gets wider from that point to the shoulders. It is slightly loose from jaw to chest, forming a double dewlap. They are broad, heavily muscled and have a separation between shoulder blades. The scapula (shoulder blade) should be at an approximate degree angle to vertical and form an angle approximately degrees to the humerus (forearm). Scapula and humerus should be roughly equal in length. A vertical line drawn from the point of the scapula (top) to the ground will pass directly through the elbow. The elbows are not turned in or out. The legs are set wide apart, coming straight down from the shoulders. They are straight vertically on inside of legs and well-muscled, giving a bowed appearance of front quarters. The forelegs have medium bone and are in proportion to the body. The pasterns are medium in length. They are straight, strong, flexible and nearly perpendicular to the ground. Body is sturdy and powerful. The length from tip of breastbone to rear thigh is slightly longer than the height from ground to withers. The back is wide and muscular, showing power. Topline has a slight roach (or wheel) back. There is a fall in the back, to its low spot behind the shoulders. From this point the spine rises to the loin. The high point of the loin is a little bit higher than the shoulders then there is a gentle curve, forming an arch, down to the tail. Loin (back of ribcage to hips) is muscular, medium in length and slightly arched. The chest is wide and deep with a muscular brisket. Ribs are well sprung and rounded, being at their fullest directly behind the shoulders. Shoulders to forelegs are well muscled. Hips and thighs are strong and muscular. Hind legs are well muscled and slightly longer than the forelegs. In a natural stance they are straight, parallel and set apart when viewed from the rear. Distance between hind legs is less than distance between front legs. Angulation is moderate. Stifles have a gentle convex curve when viewed from the side. Stifle angle roughly matches the angle of the pelvis. Hocks are perpendicular to the ground when viewed from the side and back. They are parallel to each other when viewed from the back. A line drawn from the rear-most part of the buttocks, perpendicular to the ground, should fall to the front of the toes. A line drawn from the upper (front) point of the pelvis, perpendicular to the ground, should pass through the knee (the two preceding tests of good angulation must be performed with the dog’s hocks set perpendicular to the ground). Feet are of medium size and are well arched and rounded (cats’ foot). They are straight when viewed from the front. Rear feet are smaller than front feet. Tail should be set low and tapering from base to end. It can be pump handle or straight, with pump handle being preferred. Tail should reach the hocks or be slightly shorter. Tail is carried down, horizontal or high. Coat is short, close and of medium density. It should be shiny, showing good health. Color can be brindle of red, gray, fawn or black; either solid or pied (with white). Solid white, fawn, red or black; solid color or pied.


Get to Know the Olde English Bulldogge

Proud parent of an Olde English Bulldogge who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting an Olde English Bulldogge? Learn the facts about this dog breed here:

Quick Facts About the Olde English Bulldogge

An Olde English Bulldogge.
  • Weight: 65 – pounds | male
    60 – pounds | female
  • Height: 19 – 25 inches | male
    18 – 24 inches | female

Olde English Bulldogges are sturdy, muscular and big-boned — yet, somewhat nimble and athletic. Their powerful, bulky heads have broad muzzles and furrowed brows. Their ears can be perky or hanging. They have thick, powerful necks and stocky legs — creating a somewhat “cobby” body. Old English Bulldogges have short, coarse coats that can come in white with patches of red, gray and brindle; or solid colors of fawn, red, black or black & white.


  • Loyal
  • Athletic
  • Docile
  • Protective
  • Bold

Who Gets Along With Olde English Bulldogges?

  • Families
  • Active, sporty types
  • Experienced dog handlers

What They Are Like to Live With?

Olde English Bulldogges may look “ready-to-rumble,” but in reality they are sweet and gentle dogs with eager-to-please attitudes. They are very responsive to commands and exceedingly loyal to their families. Olde English Bulldogges will bend over backwards to please.

Tough and athletic, Olde English Bulldogges have an impressive strength and stamina. However, they may prefer long walks instead of cross-country runs. Always game for playtime in the backyard or chew-toy games on the carpet, Olde English Bulldogges are friendly and outgoing — even with strangers. But these dogs will raise a ruckus if they sense a true threat.

Things You Should Know

Olde English Bulldogges can live as long as 12 years. One of the healthier Bulldog breeds, some may still be prone to hip dysplasia and other common health problems. Also, Olde English Bulldogges are prone to bloat. Feed them smaller meals throughout the day to prevent this from occurring.

Olde English Bulldogge History

During the last few centuries, the Bulldog has gone through many transformations, becoming heavier and less athletic. In , Pennsylvania native David Leavitt set out to create an English Bulldog in the traditional sense — less intense, more nimble and healthier. Crossing the Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff and the American Bulldog, Mr. Leavitt managed to create today’s Olde English Bulldogge.

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Olde English Bulldogge

  • Height: inches
  • Weight: lb
  • Lifespan: 11+ years
  • Group: not applicable
  • Best Suited For: Singles, seniors, and families with children and other pets, living in a house or apartment, with/without a yard
  • Temperament: Protective, courageous, friendly, eager to please, intelligent
  • Comparable Breeds: Bulldog, American Bulldog

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Olde English Bulldogge Basics

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The Olde English Bulldogge is a cross between a purebred English Bulldog, American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, and Bullmastiff.


The Olde English Bulldogge is a designer dog breed from the United States. The origin and the creation of the breed are somewhat unique because the ultimate goal was not to create a new dog breed from scratch, but rather re-create a centuries-old breed. The Olde English Bulldogge was developed by David Leavitt in , who crossed an English Bulldog with an American Bulldog, Pitbull, and Bullmastiff. His goal was to develop a canine that had the looks of the 18th century Bulldog and the personality of the modern English Bulldog. He also wanted to ensure the breed wouldn’t have breathing problems. That&#;s a complex goal for any dog breeder. Did David Leavitt succeed in his lofty plans? Let&#;s find out&#;


The Olde English Bulldogge is known for being protective, capable, fearless, and determined.

The Olde English Bulldogge is a cross between a purebredEnglish Bulldog,American Bulldog,American Pit Bull Terrier, andBullmastiff. While his ancestry certainly is impressive and doesn’t lack distinction, the Olde English Bulldogge himself is sadly not a recognized breed. In the view of American Kennel Club, crossbreeds are too unpredictable in terms of characteristics to comply with a set of breed standards. Therefore, they are not given the status of breeds in their own right. There is a chance that this many eventually change after enough generations of the Olde English Bulldogges have passed, but that will take many years. It won&#;t be happening any time soon. 

Nevertheless, even if there are no official pedigree papers for your Olde English Bulldogge puppy, you can be certain that your new pet comes from some seriously grand ancestors. Provided that the puppy comes from a reputable breeder who put a lot of effort into developing healthy, exemplary dogs, of course. Backyard breeders and puppy mills often sell sick dogs who experience cruelty from a young age. Never buy Olde English Bulldogge puppies from an unverified breeder. These disreputable business should not be supported or encouraged. 

Food / Diet

To ensure your furry companion will be strong, happy, and healthy, stick with feeding him a food that is packed with nutrients and natural ingredients. Most experts agree that dry food for dogs fits that bill- as long as you choose the right kibble. For a dog such as the Olde English Bulldogge, it’s important to pick out premium quality food that’s formulated to meet his unique needs. This would mean kibble suitable for their age (puppy, adult, or senior), size, and activity level. This breed is large and athletic, so they’ll need nutritionally dense kibble to give them fuel!

You can feed your Olde English Bulldogge cups of a high quality dry dog food every day or the amount kibble manufacturer recommends, but split this amount up into multiple servings. This will prevent your pet from snarfing down their daily dose of kibble in just a few swallows- which could cause bloat and digestion issues. Additionally, sticking to a routine and following serving size will reduce your pet’s chances of becoming obese. Obesity is a serious issue for these dogs, as it will bring about a myriad of health issues, starting with the bone system.

If you are in any way concerned about established or altering the diet of your Olde English Bulldogge, then it&#;s always to check in with your veterinarian. While pet blogs and dog food manufacturers provide useful feeding guidelines, they are still guidelines and should not be treated as gospel. All dogs are different after all, each with their own needs. The only person qualified to assess the specific dietary needs of your personal pup is their vet. So always check in with a vet before making any changes to your pup&#;s diets for the best and safest results.

The Olde English Bulldogge is known for being protective, capable, fearless, and determined.


The Olde English Bulldogge is a smart dog that is easy to train, but it is important to establish yourself as the pack leader during your training sessions, as these dogs can be independent. You will need to be positive, firm, and confident in your approach, but without being harsh. Aversive training techniques are not only counterproductive, but they can damage the relationship you have with your dog. Instead, rely on reward-based training that uses praise and treats as motivation. A promise of their favorite yummies is sure to get your Olde English Bulldogge excited about training! 

Usually, pet owners start with the essentials such as housebreaking, basic commands, teaching a puppy to walk on a leash and socialization. It’s important to start as early as possible, while your dog is still young and not set in its own ways. And they probably will be since the Olde English Bulldogge can have a stubborn streak. So, make sure not to waste those early and impressionable puppy years and start training as early as possible. It will pay off in the long run.  


A large-sized breed, the Olde English Bulldogge weighs between 50 and 80 pounds.

Temperament / Behavior

The Olde English Bulldogge is eager to please, making them fantastic family pets.

This breed is known for being protective, capable, fearless, and determined. On the other hand, these dogs are also described as docile, friendly, and affectionate. They are not at all aggressive or aloof- quite the contrary. An Olde English Bulldogge will always want to be by his owner side, and will be more than up to for a session of ear scratches and belly rubs.  Plus, they are eager to please, making them fantastic family pets. They are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of every member of your family. It&#;s practically impossible not to experience joy in the presence of an Olde English Bulldoge. 

Unless socialized on time, these hybrid dogs might have a high prey drive, so keeping them with small pets is not the best choice. For the same reason, you should always keep them on a leash when walking in an unsecured area. They could go after a bird or a squirrel in a second. So always keep an eye on your Olde English Bulldogge anytime your in a public place filled with little furry animals to avoid any unfortunate issues. 

In addition to being alert and confident, this breed also has the agility and drive to perform in various work roles. They love their family, and they are not afraid to protect their loved ones from anyone who appears threatening, so they make good watchdogs. These pups will always make sure that their humans are safe and happy. 

Common Health Problems

Like other hybrid canine breeds, the Olde English Bulldogge might be susceptible to the health problems that most commonly affect its parent breeds. However, there is no way to predict an individual dog’s long-term health, and there is no guarantee that your dog will inherit any problems. The best that you can do is purchase your dog from a reputable breeder who can prove the health of the parents. Then keep an eye out for symptoms and work closely with your vet to give your pet the best care.

Hybrid breeds like the Olde English Bulldogge are surprisingly hardy and healthy. A couple of the health problems that this breed might be susceptible to include bloat and hip dysplasia. As always, make sure to maintain regularly scheduled checkups with your vet (especially as your dog ages into it&#;s senior years) so that any potential health issues can be identified and treated as early as possible.

Life Expectancy

The Olde English Bulldogge has an average lifespan of 11 or more years.

Exercise Requirements

This breed is agile, athletic, and strong, and these dogs can be active when they are conditioned properly. With training and playtime, you can release your pet’s energy in a positive way, but moderate and light exercise should be sufficient. They will be tuckered out without too much effort from their owner.

Make it a point to prevent your pet from exercising in temperatures that are too cold or too hot. These pups are highly sensitive to changes in temperature. They do best in moderate climates. And because these dogs enjoy walking, you can take your pet on a couple of daily walks, or let him run around off-leash in your backyard or at the dog park.

Keep in mind that these dogs like to chew a lot, so you should give your pooch a variety of bones and toys that are safe to chew. Giving your pet plenty of toys to play with while spending time indoors will also keep him mentally stimulated so boredom won’t lead to unwanted behaviors. These dogs will chew on something, so it&#;s best to give them something to chew on rather than letting them find random objects in your house to satiate their chewing needs.

The Olde English Bulldogge is eager to please, making them fantastic family pets.

Recognized Clubs

The Olde English Bulldogge is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Association Inc. (ACA), the American Pet Registry, Inc. (APRI), the Backwoods Bulldog Club (BBC), the Continental Kennel Club (CKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), the International Olde English Bulldogge Association (IOEBA), the National Kennel Club (NKC), the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club (OEBKC), the Olde English Bulldogge Association (OEBA), and the United Kennel Club (UKC).


Your Olde English Bulldogge will have a short and shiny coat. These dogs shed an average amount, so a minimal amount of grooming is required. Brush your dog at least weekly to keep the shedding under control and keep the fur smooth and clean.


As is the case with all puppies, provide your Olde English Bulldogge with a safe and clean environment in which he can grow, learn, and play. Supervise playtime with young children or with larger dogs to ensure your puppy won’t get hurt, as he will be small and delicate. Also, to prevent injuries, keep your puppy from jumping or from engaging in hard exercises until he’s old enough.

It is important to start training your Olde English Bulldogge as soon as possible. Proper obedience training and socialization will ensure your dog will respect your authority and will learn the rules of the house in no time.

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Olde English Bulldogge

This article is about a recently created American dog breed. For the traditional breeds from England, see Bulldog and Old English Bulldog.

Dog breed

Olde English Bulldogge
UKC Olde English Bulldogge Male.jpg

UKC Olde English Bulldogge male

OriginUnited States
Height Dogs 17–20&#;in (43–51&#;cm)
Bitches 16–19&#;in (41–48&#;cm)
Weight Dogs 60–80&#;lb (27–36&#;kg)
Bitches 50–70&#;lb (23–32&#;kg)
Coat Short, tight and medium to short
Color Brindle, of red, fawn, or black; either solid or pied: white, fawn, red, black.
Litter&#;size 3&#;12 pups
Life&#;span 9&#;14 years
Dog (domestic dog)

The Olde English Bulldogge is an American dog breed, recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in January The breed is listed in the UKC Guardian Dog Group.[1] Five years prior to UKC recognition, the breed was registered by the former Canine Developmental, Health and Performance Registry (CDHPR), a privately held business located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the early s, CDHPR had been working with the UKC under a unique agreement to develop breeding plans and strategies in an effort to produce improved breeds of dogs that would be accepted as purebred and, therefore, eligible for UKC registration.[2]

In the early s, dog breeder David Leavitt of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, wanted to "recreate a Bulldog with the looks, health and athleticism of the 18th Century Bulldog which was originally created for the English sport of bull baiting between the years to ".[3] In an effort to rapidly achieve his goal for a purebred dog, Leavitt modeled his program after a livestock line breeding scheme developed by Nathan Fechimer, a professor in the Department of Dairy Science, Ohio State University.[1] The result was an athletic breed that looks similar to the bulldogs of , but with a friendly temperament, fewer health issues, and with longevity reaching into the teens. U.S. researchers have said the Olde English Bulldogge is a "viable candidate" as an outcross on which to rebuild the Bulldog; a breed that genetic studies have suggested is so inbred that it "cannot be returned to health without an infusion of new bloodlines."[4]


See also: Bull-baiting

The Olde English Bulldogge was an attempt to recreate the "Regency Period Bull Baiter" and was developed in the early s by David Leavitt, of Coatesville, PA.[5] Leavitt began his project in utilizing the cattle line breeding scheme of Dr. Fechimer from Ohio State University.[5] The goal was to create a dog with the look, health, and athleticism of the original bull-baiting dogs, but with a much less aggressive temperament.[5] The foundation crosses consisted of one-half Bulldog, one-sixth American Bulldog, one-sixth Bullmastiff and one-sixth of other breeds.[5] After many planned crosses, the Olde English Bulldogge emerged and began to breed true.[6]

Leavitt formed the Olde English Bulldogge Association (OEBA) to maintain the breed's stud book and issue registration papers to future offspring.[7] During the s, Ben and Karen Campetti from Sandisfield, Massachusetts, worked closely with Leavitt in breeding the Olde English Bulldogge.[6] In , Leavitt stopped breeding and turned the OEBA registry as well as his personal breeding stock over to Working Dog Inc. which was owned and operated by Michael Walz of Pennsylvania.[6]

In the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club (OEBKC) was formed,[6] and in David Leavitt was involved with merging the Olde English Bulldogge Association's registry with that of the OEBKC's.[8] The Olde English Bulldogge was enrolled with the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry (CDHPR) in August in order to evaluate the breed for recognition within the UKC as a purebred breed of dog.[9] In , the UKC announced that the Olde English Bulldogge would become a fully recognized breed as of January 1, [10] The OEBKC is currently the recognized Parent Club for the breed with the United Kennel Club (UKC).[11]

Leavitt Bulldog[edit]

In order to maintain his original breeding aims and to distinguish his line of Olde English Bulldogges from those of other breeders, in David Leavitt named his line of dogs Leavitt Bulldogs (sometimes spelled "Bulldogges"), founding the Leavitt Bulldog Association the following year. The UKC recognizes dogs registered with the Leavitt Bulldog Association as Olde English Bulldogges, along with those registered with the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club and the Olde Bulldogge Club Europe.[12][13][14]


UKC Olde English Bulldogge female at 8 years old

The Olde English Bulldogge is a muscular, medium-sized dog of great strength, and possesser of fluid, agile movement. They are well-balanced and proportioned, while appearing capable of performing without any breathing restrictions in either heat or in cold. Serious Faults: Excessive wrinkle, lack of pigment around eyes, nose or mouth.[15]

Olde English Bulldogges can have different coat colors

The skull is large and well-proportioned to the dog's muscular body and prominent shoulders. There is a defined furrow between the eyes (from the stop to the occiput). Narrow skull and domed forehead are faults. The muzzle is square, wide and deep. Bite is undershot or reverse scissors. Lower jawbone is moderately curved from front to back. Nostrils are wide, with a line running vertically between nostrils from the tip of nose down to the bottom of the upper lip. Nose is large and broad in relationship to the width of the muzzle. Nose color is black. Eyes are medium in size and almond shaped, dark to light brown, with black pigmented eye rims. They are set wide and low, level with the top of the muzzle. Ears are small, rose, button or tulip. Rose is preferred. They are set high, wide and to the back outer edge of the skull.[15] The neck is medium length, wide, and slightly arched. The body is sturdy, powerful and slightly rectangular when viewed from the side. Chest is wide and deep. Hind legs are well muscled and have the appearance of being slightly longer than the forelegs. The hind legs should be straight, parallel and set apart. Accepted color patterns include brindle, and solid colors, with or without white. Males should be 60 to 80 pounds (27 to 36&#;kg), and 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51&#;cm) at the withers, while females should be 50 to 70 pounds (23 to 32&#;kg), and 16 to 19 inches (41 to 48&#;cm) at the withers.[15]


The Olde English Bulldogge may be a healthier breed of dog than many modern bulldog breeds, though they can be affected by many of the same disorders that occur in any breed. Proponents of the breed maintain that it does not suffer from the same disorders as purebredBulldogs.[16] A study published in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology examined genetic diversity among registered Bulldogs. The Olde English Bulldogge was mentioned as an outcross candidate to introduce new genetics in an effort to correct some of the problems associated with inbreeding.[17] In the European Union, rules have been written specifically for farm animals which state they have the rights of "freedom from discomfort" and "freedom from pain, injury and disease." A constitutional amendment in Switzerland restates the EU rules in greater detail, and extends such rights to all animals. Many Swiss dog breeders have begun outcrossing Bulldogs with the Olde English Bulldogge, having created the Continental Bulldog in an effort to bring the Bulldog into compliance.[17]

Many breeders are now X-raying hips to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia, as well as having dogs evaluated by organisations such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP). The Olde English Bulldogge is also quickly becoming well-respected in many working dog disciplines such as weight pull, therapy training, and obedience. They have become excellent breathers,[clarification needed] but still are comparatively sensitive to heat. Artificial insemination is not a standard protocol when breeding Olde English Bulldogges; natural ties are the standard. Breeders from the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club provide educational materials for new breeders, on genetic disorders and the benefits that modern genetic testing for disorders can have on preventing further inheritance of such medical problems in domestic animals.[citation needed] Many breeders are also becoming more aware of how important selective breeding can be to the breed as a whole.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^"Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry". May 4, Archived from the original on May 4, Retrieved August 18,
  3. ^"United Kennel Club Announces the Recognition of the Olde English Bulldogge". United Kennel Club. April 22, Archived from the original on April 22, Retrieved August 18, Capitalization style of the quotation is preserved from the original.
  4. ^Rincon, Paul (July 29, ). "English Bulldog cross-breeding urged". BBC News. Retrieved August 18,
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  6. ^ abcd"Our History". Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club. Retrieved January 21,
  7. ^Semencic, Carl (April ). Gladiator Dogs. Neptune, New Jersey: TFH Publications. ISBN&#;.
  8. ^"About Us". Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club. Retrieved January 21,
  9. ^"[Home page]". Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry. Retrieved January 21, [permanent dead link]
  10. ^"UKC Announcement of Recognition". United Kennel Club. Archived from the original on April 22,
  11. ^"Rare Breed Spotlight". Dog World. BowTie Inc. March [full citation needed]
  12. ^Harris, Davis (). The Bully Breeds. Freehold, New Jersey: Kennel Club Books. pp.&#;74– ISBN&#; &#; via Google Books.
  13. ^Zwettler, Walter; Zwettler, Marlene (). The Great Book of Bulldogs, Bull Terrier and Molosser. Part 1: Bulldogs and Bull Terrier. Berlin: Epubli GmbH. ISBN&#; &#; via Google Books.
  14. ^"Single Registration Requirements: Olde English Bulldogge". United Kennel Club. Retrieved July 27,
  15. ^ abc"UKC Standard". United Kennel Club. Archived from the original on March 26,
  16. ^Maggitti, Phil (October 1, ). "Olde English Bulldogges". Bulldogs. Barron's Educational Series. p.&#; ISBN&#;. Retrieved February 1, &#; via Google Books.
  17. ^ abPedersen, Niels C.; Pooch, Ashley S.; Liu, Hongwei (July 29, ). "A genetic assessment of the English bulldog". Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. Springer Nature. 3 (1): 6. doi/sy. ISSN&#; PMC&#; PMID&#;

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