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The Old English Bulldog was known for having a broad and muscular, though compact, body. Their average height was around 15 inches and most weight approximately 45 pounds. A notable characteristic of this dog was that its lower jaw protruded in front of the upper jaw, which gave it a strong grip. Historians believe that this breed was derived from war dogs of ancient times, such as old Alaunt or Mastiff breeds. Others are unsure of the origins of this breed.
Breeders worldwide are attempting to recreate this breed that is extinct. Many have become successful, although it is important to note that no recreation can be exactly like the original because the genetics of that breed is extinct. Olde English Bulldogge, also referred to as Leavitt Bulldog, is the closest available to the original bulldog. These are more athletic and lighter. The purebred dog was more aggressive, which contrasts the friendly temperament of this modern bull breed.
Olde English Bulldogge, OEB, is considered part of a new American dog breed. David Leavitt is credited with spending the 1970s creating a healthier form of this bulldog. This is one of the closest recreations to the dog that was popular in the 1800s in England and is now extinct.
To develop this breed, Leavitt crossed the English Bulldogs with American Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, and Bullmastiffs. This resulted in the Bulldogge, an athletic breed with a similar appearance to Bulldogs of the 1800s. Still, the breed has minor differences. Leavitt changed the name to Leavitt Bulldog, but many still refer to it as OEB. Furthermore, this is the name adopted by the United Kennel Club in 2014.
Bulldogges are medium in size and have a muscular frame. They are known for being strong, though agile and fluid. These animals are balanced and proportionate by most standards, with their large head matching their build and prominent shoulders. They make great companions for dog lovers. These dogs also have the agility, temperament and drive for performing different kinds of work. Most are confident, alert and friendly animals.
This animal is also known for being healthy. In fact, it is recognized as one of the healthiest modern bulldog breeds and is not believed to suffer from the same ailments as the traditional purebred versions. Still, every animal is different. People interested should do research to become well-informed about this breed.
Dog-baiting animals have been done for thousands of years, despite being outlawed. Although it is less common in the modern day, there are still people who abuse bulldog breeds by using them for dog fighting purposes. After all, this is the reason purebred Bulldogs were originally created. The extinct bull breeds: Old English Bulldog, Toy Bulldog, and Bullenbeisser. Recognized breeds that are still around: OEB, Alano Espanol, French Bulldog, Boxer, Bulldog and American Bulldog.
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