Old English Bull dog
The Old English Bull dogs are officially considered as extinct species. However, some breeders have made attempts to imitate the genes of the original old English bull dog and make a rare combination of a breed which is now known as the “Olde English Bulldogge”.
The old English Bull dogs originated in the Great Britain and were used for a bloody game known as bull baiting. They had a strong and muscular stature and were hence used as war dogs in ancient times. After passing of the Cruelty to Animals Act in the year 1835, there was gradual decline in number of Old English Bull dog due to lack of interest and finally became extinct in late 1890s.
However, breeders have recently shown interest in bringing up a dog that will imitate the characteristics of the extinct old English Bull dog. These dogs came to be known as the Olde English Bulldogge.
This dog was first bred by a famous breeder, David Leavitt in the year 1970 by crossing an English Bull dog with Pit Bulls, American Bull dogs or the Bull mastiffs. This mix resulted in a creature that was similar in appearance to the Old English Bull dog. This breed was first given recognition by the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club in the year 2001.
English Bull dog – At a glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your Olde English Bulldogge (a substitute of the extinct Old English Bull dog): –
• Breed type: Pure breed (but was initially crossed with different dog breeds). This group of dog breed is now registered with the American Rare Breed Association, Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club, United Kennel Club and others.
• Height: The Olde English Bulldogge has an average height of 17 to 20 inches (for males) and 16 to 19 inches (for females).
• Weight: The males weigh about 60 to 85 pounds whereas the females weigh about 50 to 75 pounds at an average.
• Life Span: These dogs have an average life span of 9 to 14 years.
• They can give birth to 2 to 12 puppies at a time.
• Available coat colors: Fawn, Black, Brindle, Red, Pied, Solid colored, white or beige.
• They have brown eye color, nose is black in color, and there is black pigmentation near the eye rims.
• They have massive sized heads and a thick muzzle.
Temperament and Personality traits
The Olde English Bulldogges are suitable as companions and are loyal to their masters. These dogs have hunting instincts and are motion sensitive. Therefore, they will chase any type of moving object or small animals such as rabbits and birds. Make sure you keep your dog in a well fenced apartment as these dogs are highly energetic and will require a good amount of space to practice their daily activities. These dogs are not recommended for small sized apartments.
This breed of dog is confident and alert and hence they can be good as watch dogs. However, they may unnecessarily bark at things they are not accustomed with.
Never leave your children unsupervised with these dogs. Make sure you give proper training to your dog right from his puppy hood stage so that they can socialize well and get accustomed to living with kids and other pets.
Feeding habits and Nutrition
Feed your old English bull dogs with 3 to 3 ½ cups of premium quality dry dog food divided into two equal meals every day. The amount of food to be given will depend upon the weight, age and the disease conditions prevailing in your dog. You can trust brands such as Purina, Taste of the Wild, Acana, Hills and Taste of the Wild dry dog food for feeding these dogs.
The feed shall contain at least 32% Carbohydrate content, 28% Protein content and 20% fat content.
Health and Immunization
Olde English Bulldogge can be affected by various disease conditions such as the cherry eye syndrome, dry eye syndrome, entropion, inverted or reverse sneezing syndrome, brachycephalic syndrome, involuntary head shakes, demodectic mange or Demodicosis, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and screwed tails.
Olde English Bulldogge is also prone to obesity and diabetes. Hence, you should take your Olde English Bulldogge for at least 40 to 45 minutes daily walk. Take your dogs to an experienced vet at least once in two months for regular health checkups.
Your Olde English Bulldogge should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.
Care and Grooming
Olde English Bulldogge can tolerate heat as well as extreme cold conditions. They will breathe heavily during extreme weather conditions to maintain their constant body temperature. Never leave them at a temperature that is above 38° Celsius as this could cause heat strokes in these dogs. Make sure you don’t have a pond or swimming pool near your house as these dogs are not good swimmers and will eventually get drowned because of their massive sized head.
Brush their coat with a firm bristle brush at least once a week. Olde English Bulldogges are average shedders and have an easy to maintain coat. Pay special attention to the wrinkles, as the area beneath these wrinkles can be easily infected (due to growth of bacteria and parasites. These dogs can drool quiet frequently and therefore you need to wipe their face at least twice a day with a moist towel. You should apply petroleum jelly in his nose to avoid dryness. Cut his toe nails once a month if they don’t wear them off naturally.
You can adopt or rescue Old English Bull dogs according to the guidelines set by various organizations that give recognition to these dogs (as mentioned above). Never pick up a pup that is fighting with his litter mates or the one who is prone to diseases.
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