The White English Bulldog, also known as the Altman White English, is a descendant of the true English Bulldog, and was developed in the U.S. state of Georgia in the late 1900s. These dogs are genetically healthy animals with a true working-class spirit, but have quite a playful side as well. WEBs are generally happy and affectionate, and are very protective of their human families, but have a bit of a stubborn streak. Members of this breed are ideal outdoor dogs. They are free of many of the health issues of their English Bulldog predecessors and will live anywhere from 11-15 years.
|Purebred||11-15 yrs.||15-21 in.||50-80 lbs|
- Family Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Easy to Groom
- Energy Level
- Exercise Needs
- General Health
- Shedding Amount
- Barks / Howls
- Easy to Train
- Guard Dog
- Watch Dog
- Apartment Friendly
- Can Be Alone
- Good for Busy Owners
- Good for Novice Owners
Below are the details and specs for the White English Bulldog breed.
A medium-sized breed; WEBs weigh 50-80 pounds, and are 15-21 inches at the shoulders in height.
The WEB is protective, active, and playful, and will serve a family well as both a rambunctious pet and a dedicated farmhand. These dogs are loyal and affectionate, but at times exhibit a stubborn temperament, particularly with other dogs, so they may require obedience training; early socialization with other pets is recommended.
WEBs are considered low-maintenance animals; little grooming is needed, though they will shed a lot.
The WEB was developed sometime in the late twentieth century in the U.S. state of Georgia by a dog breeder named Ray Altman. With help from his friend and fellow dog breeder Lonnie Dryden, Altman sought to create a larger working variant of the English Bulldog – one that was predominantly white in color, was able to endure long hours in the fields, and did not exhibit as many health issues as the English. Over a period of at least a decade, the pair used various selective breeding techniques to develop just such a dog: one with few health problems, the ability to better withstand temperature extremes, and greater body mass. Altman and Dryden finally arrived at the creation of a purebred dog they called the Altman White English; though not all dogs of this breed are pure white (some have brown or black markings, and a few are reddish-brown or brindle), white is the predominant color in the line.
The Working White English Bulldog Association was founded in the U.S. in 2003. Today, WEBs are sold by professional breeders all over the U.S. and in numerous countries elsewhere in the world.
This breed's coat is short-haired and smooth. A WEB's body is normally a bit greater in length than in height. The head is the shape of a "soft" square, and the muzzle is short and broad, with thick, hanging jowls; the almond-shaped eyes exist in varying shades of brown; the ears are high-set, of medium size, and floppy. The chest is markedly broad and fairly deep, the legs are fairly short and straight, and the tail is long, low-hanging, and is usually docked to a quarter of its length.
A majority of WEBs are solid white, but a few are white with black or brown markings; in rare instances, these dogs are brindle or reddish-brown.
This is a medium-sized breed; height is 15-21 inches at the shoulders, and weight is 50-80 pounds.
Intelligent, hardworking, playful, and protective, the WEB is an active, fun-loving breed that is very loyal to its human family, and is sometimes possessive of a fairly stubborn streak. Part of its breeding is the instinct to control and guard livestock, so it naturally makes a great watchdog (and a fairly good hunting companion as well). And WEBs love playing outdoors (and are particularly fond of swimming), so this breed will make an excellent family pet, especially for people who live in rural areas. WEBs are also known for being quite willful and headstrong, particularly with other dogs, so some obedience training and early socialization with other pets may be necessary.
WEBs socialize very well with children of any age. It is best to train your dog while it is still a puppy in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
Overall, this breed does well with other animals, but may try to dominate other dogs. Raising these dogs with other pets is highly recommended.
A WEB is instinctively protective, so it will usually be suspicious of strange people.
These are fairly low-maintenance dogs. Little training will be necessary, nor will much grooming; moderate exercise will be required.
WEBs shed quite a bit. Brushing is necessary every 1-2 weeks; baths, once every 6-8 weeks.
These active dogs need plenty of physical (and mental) activity and they enjoy having a job to do if living on a farm. Outdoor games like chase and fetch are great, and since this breed loves the water, it will enjoy a good long swim. Daily walks, with or without a leash, are another good idea.
WEBs are best suited for homes with yards, which will give them plenty of roaming space. The breed can tolerate apartment living, but will turn destructive if it feels too confined or bored.
This breed does well in any climate.
Life expectancy is 11-15 years. The WEB is quite healthy and robust; no major health issues are known. This breed is not to be confused with the English Bulldog which has quite a few health and exercise issues due to its short muzzle.
The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the White English Bulldog as a dog breed:
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- American Canine Association, Inc.