If what you are looking for is:
- A longer life-span and fewer health problems
- An all around beautiful, loving, and easily trainable dog
Then an Oldie is right for you!
In a nutshell:
Health: Olde English Bulldogges are known to have fewer genetic health problems. Because of the larger trachea and nostrils, leaner body and increased athleticism, “Oldies” can have all-round increased health and vitality. Fewer genetic problems means fewer vet bills and a happier pet!
Life span: Bulldogs normally have a lifespan of up to 10 years with 8 years being quite normal. The Olde English Bulldogge is known to live for up to 14 years. This represents a significant increase on “return” of your initial investment in your companion. Your dog can have a longer and healthier life.
Disposition: Oldies are very loyal, friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, and very trainable. Outdoors they are playful, fun-loving, and tend to stay close by. Indoors they are quiet and easy-going. They are a great breed for any life situation, from farm life to apartments. Though they need regular exercise outdoors, short walks or a few minutes in the dog park will suffice, depending on the dog.
Physical characteristics: The Olde English Bulldogge is muscular and broad shouldered. They should have a wide and distinguished head with inquisitive and kind eyes, and there should be moderate skin wrinkling. Drop ears are acceptable, although Rose ears are preferred. Ears should be set well on the side of the head in line with the top of the skull. Pricked ears that stand up are a disqualification. The lower jaw must extend beyond the upper, with a gentle upward curvature being preferred. The body is lean and muscular with a short, soft and luxuriant coat with loose skin and moderate skin wrinkling. The forelegs are very muscular with large paws, and set wide apart with a broad chest. All coat colours are acceptable with no preference to any particular colour. This is to encourage breeding for health rather than vanity.
Reproductive ability: Properly, Oldies are free breeders and free whelpers. This indicates no need for Artificial Insemination, or Caesarean births. This is one of the main reasons why Oldies may cost less. However, at this time most Oldies have not achieved this and still require Caesarian births and/or artificial insemination.
Original purpose: Most people believe that the Bulldog’s origin was that of a fighting dog. They were used to fight each other and most often bulls or other animals because of their very high pain threshold, body and jaw structure, and stubborn determination. This made for a very aggressive breed which very nearly became extinct when dog fighting and bull baiting were made illegal in England in 1835. A few dedicated individuals spent years breeding much of the aggression out of the breed, creating what is now a much preferred companion animal.
Olde English re-introduction and breed improvements in the 1970’s was undertaken, thus bringing back much of the vitality, health and look of the “Regency” era bulldog that was lost over the last century and a half.
What you can expect:
The Olde English Bulldogge is a wonderful animal, and will make a great addition to any family. You can expect a loving companion that will thrive in all climates, but doing best in moderate temperatures. As with any short haired dog, their coat requires they not be left in freezing temperatures for more than a few minutes. Your puppy will grow to be a loyal and loving friend with fewer health problems, and will be able to participate in many different sports. Best of all, your dog can live a happy and long life with the expectation of fewer veterinary expenses.