Red Olde English Bulldog Lying Down

Olde English Bulldogge Dog Breed

Other names:
Old Bulldog English
Old Fashioned English Bulldog
Old Type English Bulldog
Renascence Bulldogge

Pronunciation: [ ōld En·glish bull·dog ]

The Olde English Bulldogge is a recently produced dog. These dogs have yet to be universally recognized as a breed even as they are modeled on an old Bulldog breed that has been extinct for a while. They are also called Leavitt Bulldogs, and it is easy to confuse them with many other Bulldogs that have been bred with the same desire to replicate Bulldogs of yesteryear.

Olde English Bulldogge Breed Details

The Olde English Bulldogge was conceived to be a guardian dog without the unprovoked aggression for which Bullys were long known. Until the 18th century, this remarkable aggression was widely desired, for the Bulldog breeds were fighting dogs that performed in public arenas. These days, however, dogs that are constantly hostile are not desired; they are often outlawed, frequently confiscated and sometimes even killed. As such, having a guardian dog whose ferocity can be managed and is only used when needed has been the desire of many Bully breeders. Granted, there is also patience, socialization and a great amount of training required to keep most Olde English Bulldogge problems at bay. Nevertheless, they are not too bad, even for first-time dog owners and families with kids and cats.

Below are some Olde English Bulldogge facts that will help you understand these dogs better:


  • Fearless
  • Loves kids
  • Highly devoted
  • Calm demeanor
  • Amicable personality
  • Great guardian dog for family
  • Good for people with active lifestyles
  • Fewer health concerns than other Bulldogs


  • Can be needy
  • Very territorial
  • Frequent drooling
  • Remarkably gassy
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Will chew on things
  • Stubbornness is legendary
  • Can be aggressive toward other, larger dogs
10 - 12 yrs.
16 - 20 in.
60 - 80 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Olde English Bulldogge Breed Description

Olde English Bulldogges are lovable, stubborn and yet (usually) eager to please those whom they love. They are intelligent dogs but also independent-minded. As a result, they can be stubborn. There is more and more information available as these dogs grow in popularity, so be sure to learn what you can if you plan to adopt one of these Bullys.

Chewing is perhaps one of the most prominent habits they have. It's best to not attempt stopping them from chewing but to get them lots of chew toys and things that they can safely chew. This way, your shoes, furniture, and other possessions remain free of teeth marks. They are also extremely loyal dogs who, while friendly, will not hesitate to protect family members and property.

They don't have the respiratory problems of English Bulldogs, and this allows them to be more active. Like the breed on which they have been fashioned from a couple centuries ago, they will be strong, agile and ready to run, play and exercise a lot. They won't nap frequently like most Bulldogs either.

Olde English Bulldogge Breed History

Olde English Bulldogge history is neither olde nor English. This breed, modeled on the Regency-period Bull Baiter, was resurrected in the early 1970s in the United States. In particular, a Pennsylvania man named David Leavitt was responsible for the dog's revival. He researched Bulldogs from the early 19th century, and from the photos, paintings and other records he drew up a model.

What was desired was everything but the aggression. Employing a technique for cattle line breeding developed at Ohio State University, Leavitt used four breeds to get this "new" dog on its feet again: American Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs and English bulldogs. He also formed the Olde English Bulldogge Association (OEBA) but in 1993 reportedly sold it to Michael Walz of Working Dog, Inc. He also sold off his then-current breeding stock as he had stopped breeding dogs.

A number of other breeding programs sought to do the same work as Leavitt had. To help prevent confusion, the various breeders used bloodline names that evoke olden times: Wilkinson Bulldogs, Victorian Bulldogs, and even Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogges. During this time, Leavitt had already taken up the name "Leavitt Bulldogs" to differentiate his dogs. They are still occasionally called this today, as Leavitt has returned to breeding dogs.

Some years later, in 2005, Leavitt worked with the recently established Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club (OEBKC), which had been founded in 2001. He announced that the OEBKC would be the official registry of the Olde English Bulldogge bloodline that he had produced some 30 years earlier.

By 2008, this kennel club had joined the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry (CDHPR) with the apparent intent of working toward the recognition of a pure breed. Success was found when the United Kennel Club (UKC) formally recognized the Olde English Bulldogge in 2014, and the UKC listed the OEBKC as the breed's "parent club."

Olde English Bulldogge Variations

There appear to be a great many varieties of Olde English Bulldogges, and yet there are some people who will say it is a breed as well as that there are no variations. These dogs are not recognized by any of the large kennel clubs save for the United Kennel Club (UKC). That basic absence of a breed standard allows for any breeder to announce types, whether their dogs or those bred by another kennel. Some people say that bloodlines developed by certain breeders are themselves breeds, but other people will say those are only varieties. The wide disagreement makes for a lot of confusion. The best that you can probably do is to know the variously named Bulldogges that have been produced over the last several decades.

Some of those names are:

  • Valley Bulldog
  • Victorian Bulldog
  • Olde Boston Bulldogge
  • Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldog
  • and, of course, Olde English Bulldogge

As for the biggest Olde English Bulldogge type, or teacup Old English Bulldogs, there are certainly very large Bulldogges but there are none of those micro/mini/toy ones.

Olde English Bulldogge Temperament

The look may be fearsome, but these dogs have an old English Bulldog temperament that minus the aggression. Olde English Bulldogges have a high tolerance for pain and noise, but they will respond in kind to a threat if required. Their courage is typically set aside among family members, for around them they are almost always docile. The one time they may not have a friendly personality is when they are eating; it's best to let them eat until they are done.

Although their aggression has been basically bred out, stubbornness remains one of their traits. These dogs tend to be a bit difficult to train, and you will need a lot of patience just to get basic obedience completed. Until then, they may wander as they please, sleep when they want and "come" when they darn well feel like it! They may seem goofy and aloof, but they require a firm and confident alpha to master their behavior.

Olde English Bulldogge Health

Because they are dogs that came from cross-breeding just a few decades ago, Olde English Bulldogges (OEB) have fewer hereditary health concerns than regular English Bulldogs. Still, there are problems with them, and it has been reported that the annual vet cost can be upward of $5,000. Perhaps the most notable issue is bloat. This can be prevented by feeding your OEB in small portions throughout the day.

Some of the health problems OEBs have are:

  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin problems
  • Heart ailments
  • Dental diseases
  • Patellar luxation
  • Thyroid problems
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Knee Ligament Tear
  • Eating non-food items

Olde English Bulldogges tend to live an average of 11 years, and their lifespan is a bit shorter than most dogs this size.

Olde English Bulldogge Health Concerns

Below are potential health concerns associated with Olde English Bulldogges.

Hip dysplasia
Patellar luxation
Dental problems
Heart problems
Skin irritation
Thyroid disorders
Laryngeal Paralysis
Knee Ligament Tear

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Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:January 24, 2018