OLDE ENGLISH BULLDOGGE
OEB Modern is a recreation of the Bulldogge that existed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The project was the responsibility of David Leavitt, in the 70s, with support from the University of Ohio. Leavitt focused on creating a breed with a phenotype, agility and health characteristic of that old Bulldogge, but with a less aggressive temperament and focused on the COMPANY. The result was a dog free of many evils that affect modern breeds. Among other characteristics, the OEB breathes freely, is capable of natural birth and normal delivery.
The legitimate Olde English Bulldogge has shown immense popularity worldwide, especially in Europe, where cynophilia is quite traditional and evolved. There are genealogical records with more than a hundred ancestors listed.
OFFICIAL BREED STANDARD
General description: The typical Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal and courageous dog, of medium size, with a large and powerful head, solid body and well-developed musculature.
Olde English Bulldogge are athletic and fundamentally very healthy. Males breathe freely and females raise on their own. The Olde English Bulldogge is free from any breathing problems and is capable of trouble-free outdoor activities, except in extreme heat or cold. Their temperament is very balanced and reliable, making them a loyal company, capable of protecting and integrating the family. The Olde English Bulldogges strive to satisfy their owner and are very manageable.
Life expectancy is 10 to 14 years.
Head: Large and tall, moderately sunk between the eyes (moderate wrinkles).
The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the height of the dog to the withers. A head that is narrow or that is small in relation to the body is a fault.
Ears: Pink ears and well implanted next to the head are preferred. Dropped ears are accepted if small, not HOUND. Pointed ears on top of the head are considered a serious fault.
Muzzle: Broad, thick and short, with moderate wrinkles. The bite is markedly prognath. Lower canines should not be apparent. Long stubble (more than 7.5 cm), scissor bite or regular are disqualifying fouls. The stem should be no less than 3.8 cm. Jaw deviation is a disqualifying foul.
Eyes: Well separated and of moderate size. Any color is accepted. However, eyes as different as one dark and the other blue or light, should be avoided. Crooked or bulging eyes are a serious fault. Lack of pigmentation around the eyes is undesirable.
Squinting or non-symmetrical eyes are disqualifying faults.
Nose: Wide with nostrils with no sign of breathing difficulties. The nose should be directed upwards between the eyes. From the stop to the end of the nose it must be at least 2.5 to 3.8 centimeters. The truffle must be solid in color. Failure in its pigmentation is a serious fault. Completely depigmented truffle is a disqualifying fault.
Neck: Of moderate length, with well-developed muscles and flowing to the shoulders. It shouldn’t look like it ends at the shoulders.
Chest: The ribs should be well sprung and the chest wide and deep.
The depth of the chest should be at least at the elbows. A narrow or concave chest should be considered a serious fault.
Back: Males should have a square and balanced appearance; females should look similarly with a little more body length. Short back, with a slight line rising from the shoulders and a slight descent to the croup are preferable. A level back is accepted, as long as the tail does not leave the high part of the back.
Shoulders: The shoulders should be tilted at significant angles that allow for good movement. Straight shoulders are missing.
Limbs: Forequarters must be straight and well separated, must not be arched and not even turned inwards. Strong-boned, with elbows relatively close to the body. Lack of bone or mass is highly undesirable. Loose or shrunken elbows are disqualifying fouls. Previous East / West are serious faults. Posteriors should demonstrate good knee angulation allowing good movement. They must be very muscular. Straight hindquarters are a serious fault. Cow hocks are disqualifying fouls.
Movement: Dogs should have a balanced trot, driven by the rear and providing a good range, allowing the dog to move with a powerful aspect. Dogs must walk in line. Marching or walking sideways is a serious fault.
Legs: Round and compact, both the front and the back, and the calves must be strong. Weak quarters or open feet are disqualifying fouls.
Height: Males 45.8 to 50.8 cm to withers / Females 43.2 to 48.2 cm to withers.
Weight: Between 29.5 and 38.5 Kg for Males / Between 22.5 and 31.5 Kg for Females.
Although height and weight above the standard are not recommended, there will be no penalties if the dog is well proportioned, correct and balanced.
Colors: All colors, except the merle, are accepted without any preference between them. The hair is short. A wavy or long hair is a disqualifying fault.
There should be no signs of a long coat on the legs or neck areas, which is also a disqualifying fault.
Tail: A curved tail that naturally reaches the hock is preferable, short and crooked or amputated tails are acceptable. The tail should be carried low and not over the dog’s back.
Temperament: Must be willing and happy. A natural guard can be performed at the residence. Aggression to humans without provocation is a disqualifying fault.