Get to Know the Olde English Bulldogge

Proud parent of an Olde English Bulldogge who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting an Olde English Bulldogge? Learn the facts about this dog breed here.

Olde English Bulldogge at the beach
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Proud parent of an Olde English Bulldogge who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting an Olde English Bulldogge? Learn the facts about this dog breed here:

Quick Facts About the Olde English Bulldogge

An Olde English Bulldogge.
An Olde English Bulldogge.
  • Weight: 65 – 130 pounds | male
    60 – 120 pounds | female
  • Height: 19 – 25 inches | male
    18 – 24 inches | female

Olde English Bulldogges are sturdy, muscular and big-boned — yet, somewhat nimble and athletic. Their powerful, bulky heads have broad muzzles and furrowed brows. Their ears can be perky or hanging. They have thick, powerful necks and stocky legs — creating a somewhat “cobby” body. Old English Bulldogges have short, coarse coats that can come in white with patches of red, gray and brindle; or solid colors of fawn, red, black or black & white.


  • Loyal
  • Athletic
  • Docile
  • Protective
  • Bold

Who Gets Along With Olde English Bulldogges?

  • Families
  • Active, sporty types
  • Experienced dog handlers

What They Are Like to Live With?

Olde English Bulldogges may look “ready-to-rumble,” but in reality they are sweet and gentle dogs with eager-to-please attitudes. They are very responsive to commands and exceedingly loyal to their families. Olde English Bulldogges will bend over backwards to please.

Tough and athletic, Olde English Bulldogges have an impressive strength and stamina. However, they may prefer long walks instead of cross-country runs. Always game for playtime in the backyard or chew-toy games on the carpet, Olde English Bulldogges are friendly and outgoing — even with strangers. But these dogs will raise a ruckus if they sense a true threat.

Things You Should Know

Olde English Bulldogges can live as long as 12 years. One of the healthier Bulldog breeds, some may still be prone to hip dysplasia and other common health problems. Also, Olde English Bulldogges are prone to bloat. Feed them smaller meals throughout the day to prevent this from occurring.

Olde English Bulldogge History

During the last few centuries, the Bulldog has gone through many transformations, becoming heavier and less athletic. In 1971, Pennsylvania native David Leavitt set out to create an English Bulldog in the traditional sense — less intense, more nimble and healthier. Crossing the Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff and the American Bulldog, Mr. Leavitt managed to create today’s Olde English Bulldogge.

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18 thoughts on “Get to Know the Olde English Bulldogge”

  1. Can anyone help me. I adopted a olde english bulldogg at 18 months old. She never got out as her old masters worked all the time., she was over weight alot. She alot better now in shape she three now and im have trouble with her aggression towards my partner she’s never been like this before,

  2. Thinking abt adopting a 7yr old English Bulldog. This gal has Lyme disease. Tell me abt this please. I’am 71. N Would you say this breed is a small breed-smallnn(short) and already know she is fat & loveable.
    Thank you.

    1. I would not call Olde English Bulldogges docial by any means. They will go through whatever is in their way, and are only friendly to people they know. Wary with strangers and extremely protective. Willfully defiant at times, quite loving to their favorite person but never docial. Love to play, fetch, swim, obedient to their one special person, others good luck. Not a good beginner dog, they need a confident master

      1. Patty Galuszek

        We have had an OEB for 8 years and he is also my husbands Service dog. I disagree about what you said about them not being docile and not friendly to other people orher than their fanily Boomer has never met a stranger he loves people he especially pays extra care to people in wheelchairs or disabilities he also is very playful with children. The one thing that is true is he is protective if he feels one of us is in danger he actually saved my life from a person who thought he could atrack and rob me. He is a TRUE SERVICE DOG trained and registered he can detect when my husbands sugar is low or to high he also helps him get up when he falls. These dogs are VERY VERY intelligent eager to learn and please their owner they can lay around with you or be very active the also love to cuddle and be loved on as much as possible they VERY LOVEABLE DOGS i would recommend an OEB to anyone.
        I dont know why you dog is they way it is something must of happened to make it aggressive.
        Patty Galuszek

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    1. Hi Regina,

      We suggest discussing this with your vet. These articles might provide some additional insight, too:

    2. This is common for the breed. Look into nose butter. They also offer a similar product to keep the pads of their feet soft.

    3. We use what’s called an “utter butter” it’s used for cows teets when they get a bit raw. It worked great on our baby

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