Bulldogge Breed Information
In the early 70's David Leavitt had become disenchanted with English Bulldogs due to their breeding, breathing, and other health problems. After alot of research he discovered that the current English Bulldog didn't look at all like their ancestors, the original 18th century Bulldogs, who were healthier and less extreme. The 18th century Bulldog was primarily a sport dog used in the sport of Bull-Baiting, which had been very widespread for hundreds of years and involved extreme cruelty to animals. Although he despised the cruelty, David Leavitt was fascinated by the courage of the over-matched underdog and was also drawn to the Bulldog because of his fierce appearance. Because he couldn't find a reliable source for old style Bulldogs, he set about the daunting task of breeding back and named the breed Olde English Bulldogge.
To start his project of breeding a dog with the looks of the original 18th century Bulldog he used period statues, paintings, prints, and all the important older dog books. Although he wanted the look of the original 18th century Bulldog, he didn't want the temperament. His dogs had to be very loving and they had to have courage and determination, without being overly aggressive.
He used a line-breeding scheme, developed for cattle at Ohio State University, starting with 3 unrelated dogs, two males and one female. Female pups from the first cross are bred to the second male. From this point, females are bred back to uncles, each generation. 2 unrelated schemes were started, so future outcrosses were possible. He used breeds that all have old Bulldog in their background. The dogs are half English Bulldog, and the other half Bullmastiff, Pit Bull, and American Bulldog.
Unlike the traditional English Bulldog, these dogs can now breathe. Although they will never be like hounds, able to run for miles during the hottest weather of summer, they're much better than the restricted modern Bulldog. 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 Artificial insemination, due to male ineptness and lack of drive, has been replaced by natural ties.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. Although these dogs have the fierce look of the original 18th century Bulldog, these Olde English Bulldogges are friendly with an amazing temperment, and make the perfect family companion. They are great with children and as long as they are socialized properly (as with any animal) they are great with other dogs.
Since David Leavitt created this special breed of dog there have been many variations and outcrosses in the breed and unfortunately as a result many people are referring to any dog with bully blood as an Olde English Bulldogge. However, only dogs whose lineage can be traced back to David Leavitt's original breeding stock are the true Olde English Bulldogges. It is only these Olde English Bulldogges that are considereed purebred and can be registered with the CDHPR/UKC, LBA, and ARBA. If you're looking for a puppy, be sure to ask the breeder to show you positive evidence that the puppy you're interested in is in fact a purbred Olde English Bulldogge such as CDHPR/UKC, LBA, and/or ARBA registration papers and a certified pedigree.