Olde English Bulldog

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Olde English Bulldog
Olde English Bulldog
Not from the FCI recognized
Origin :

United States

Withers height:

Males: 17-20  inches (43-51 cm)
Bitches: 16-19 inches (40.5-48 cm)


Males: 60–80  lbs (27–36 kg)
Bitches: 50–70 lbs (22.5–32 kg)

Breeding standards:


List of domestic dogs

The Olde English Bulldogge is a non- FCI - or AKC -approved dog breed from the USA. The breed has been recognized by the UKC since January 1st, 2014 .

Origin and history

1971 David Leavitt started from the US state of Pennsylvania under the guidelines of a cattle breeding program of the Ohio State University with the breeding of a new race, which he called Olde English Bulldog. He was very dissatisfied with the health and fertility of his English Bulldogs and wanted to help them regain better health and quality of life with a targeted re-breeding program. The model of the new breed was and is the English bulldog of the Regency period at the beginning of the 19th century . According to the breeder, all dogs used for breeding were checked for their health and strength from the start.

Until 1995 David bred Leavitt himself and a small number of breeders established themselves around him who - assuming that the breeders of the Olde English Bulldogge had deviated from the original standard - separated from them and from 2006 their dogs under the name Leavitt Breed bulldog .

The supervising clubs in the USA are the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club as parent club, in Europe the Olde Bulldogge Club Europe in cooperation with the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club.


The Olde English Bulldogge is of a more moderate type compared to the English Bulldogge, has a slightly longer nose, less wrinkling, less overbite (0.5–2.5 cm) and a long tail without kinking. The Olde English Bulldog is between 16 and 20 inches (about 40.5-51 cm) tall and between 50 and 80 pounds (22.5 and 36 kg).

The dog's coat is short and close-fitting, all colors are allowed except for albinism , black, black with branding, respectively. tan badge or blue. The nose must always be black. A short or kinked tail leads to exclusion from breeding, as does a fearful or aggressive being. The breed standard describes that the dogs of the breed are extremely strong and sometimes show aggression against dogs of the same sex, which is why socialization and obedience training are very important.

Racial Issues

The Ministry of the Interior of the State of Brandenburg is of the opinion that the Olde English Bulldog is "a cross with an irrefutably dangerous dog within the meaning of Section 8 (2) HundehV " and that the regulations made at this point in the ordinance apply.

This opinion of the Brandenburg Ministry of the Interior was not confirmed before the Brandenburg courts. The administrative court Potsdam stated with the decision VG 3L 76/13: “Even if one assumes that neither the OEB nor the Leavitt Bulldog is a separate breed or group, but that they are crossbreeds, these are not subject to the regulation Section 8 (2) HundehV. ”It goes on to say:“ Contrary to the respondent's view, the fact that the OEB and Leavitt Bulldog breeding dogs that are named in Section 8 (2) HundehV cannot arise a crossing of the affected dogs in the sense of this regulation should be closed. "

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the administrative regulation for the state dog law provides that the Olde English Bulldog belong to the dogs of certain breeds, since at least 1/3 of certain breeds are crossed. If the phenotype of a Pit Bull Terrier is clearly evident, the dog is to be classified as a dangerous dog. Holding is therefore only possible if there is particular public or private interest.

See also: breed list .

Web links

Commons : Olde English Bulldogge  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. UKC press release ( Memento of April 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on April 12, 2013
  2. ^ Leavitt Bulldog Association: Message from David Leavitt.
  3. What is a real Olde English Bulldog? ( Memento of January 27, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) in the FAQ on the Olde Bulldogge Club Europe website
  4. "They are extremely strong and occasionally display same sex dog aggression, so socialization and obedience training are important." ( Standard )
  5. ^ Letter from the Ministry of the Interior of the State of Brandenburg of April 12, 2012 to the district administrators. Published on the Internet at http://www.xn--hundesachverstndiger-dietmar-busse-o4c.net/19.html
  6. ^ Administrative court Potsdam decision VG 3L 76/13. Published on the Internet at http://www.cobd.de/brandenburg.html
  7. ^ Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Section 14: Decrees | State law NRW. Retrieved April 16, 2018 .