Old English Bulldog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Old English Bulldog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Old English Bulldog have?
English Bulldog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Old English Bulldog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Old English Bulldog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Old English Bulldog?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Old English Bulldog is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Old English Bulldog? How many Old English Bulldog are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Old English Bulldog Size

Size
Is an Old English Bulldog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Old English Bulldog get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Old English Bulldog weigh? How much should the Old English Bulldog breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Old English Bulldog?
Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 50-70 pounds (22-31 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Old English Bulldog?
Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (26.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old English Bulldog? Old English Bulldog height:
Male: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm), Female: 16-19 inches (40-48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Old English Bulldog?
Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Old English Bulldog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Old English Bulldog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old English Bulldog's coat?
BrindleWhiteGreyFawnRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Old English Bulldog and how often?
Effortless: The Old English Bulldog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Old English Bulldog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Old English Bulldog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Bulldog?
Old English Bulldogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Old English Bulldog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Old English Bulldog every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Old English Bulldog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old English Bulldog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertCourageousFriendlyConfidentLovingStrong
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old English Bulldog? Is the Old English Bulldog breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Old English Bulldog ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Old English Bulldog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Old English Bulldogs aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Old English Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old English Bulldog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Old English Bulldogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Old English Bulldog a good family dog?
High: Old English Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Bulldog need? Old English Bulldog social needs:
Old English Bulldogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Old English Bulldog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my English Bulldog bark?
Low: The Old English Bulldog barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Old English Bulldog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Old English Bulldogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Old English Bulldogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Old English Bulldog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Old English Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Old English Bulldog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Old English Bulldog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Old English Bulldog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Bulldog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old English Bulldog? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Old English Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Old English Bulldog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Old English Bulldog? How much bite force does an Old English Bulldog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Old English Bulldog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Old English Bulldog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old English Bulldog do?
Old English Bulldogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Old English Bulldogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old English Bulldog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old English Bulldog roam?
Old English Bulldogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old English Bulldog have high prey drive?
Old English Bulldogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old English Bulldog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Old English Bulldog breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old English Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Old English Bulldog be left alone?
Old English Bulldogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Old English Bulldog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Old English Bulldog temperament with other people:
Old English Bulldogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Bulldog dogs get along with other pets? Are Old English Bulldog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old English Bulldogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Old English Bulldog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old English Bulldog temperament with children:
Old English Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old English Bulldog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Old English Bulldog breed live with a cat?
Old English Bulldogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Old English Bulldog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old English Bulldog dogs get along with other dogs?
Old English Bulldogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old English Bulldog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Old English Bulldog breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Old English Bulldogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Old English Bulldogs good office dogs? Do Old English Bulldogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Old English Bulldogs be office dogs?
No
Old English Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old English Bulldog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Bulldog temperament with senior people? Are Old English Bulldog dogs good for elderly owners?
Old English Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Old English Bulldog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Old English Bulldog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Old English Bulldog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Old English Bulldog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Old English Bulldog see the vet?
Average
The Old English Bulldog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Old English Bulldog dogs live? How old can a Old English Bulldog be? What is the age limit of the Old English Bulldog? How many years can the oldest Old English Bulldog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Old English Bulldog?

11-13 years
The average lifespan of Old English Bulldog: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old English Bulldog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old English Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Old English Bulldog have? What is the activity level of the Old English Bulldog?
Old English Bulldogs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Old English Bulldog need? How much exercise do Old English Bulldog dogs require per day?
Old English Bulldogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Old English Bulldog breed need?
Old English Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Old English Bulldog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Old English Bulldog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Old English Bulldog? How much food should I feed my Old English Bulldog?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old English Bulldog risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Old English Bulldog's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Old English Bulldog's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Old English Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Old English Bulldog drool?
The Old English Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Old English Bulldog.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Old English Bulldog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Old English Bulldog is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Old English Bulldog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Old English Bulldog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Old English Bulldog is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Old English Bulldog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a boat dog?

Not really

Old English Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old English Bulldog be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Old English Bulldog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Old English Bulldog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Old English Bulldog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Old English Bulldog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Old English Bulldog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Old English Bulldog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Old English Bulldog have in a litter? How many puppies can the Old English Bulldog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Old English Bulldog have? How many puppies can an Old English Bulldog give birth to?
4-10 puppies

Old English Bulldog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Old English Bulldog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old English Bulldog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Old English Bulldog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Old English Bulldog breed.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Old English Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old English Bulldogs are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Old English Bulldogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Old English Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Old English Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Old English Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Old English Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Old English Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Old English Bulldog's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Old English Bulldogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Old English Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old English Bulldogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Old English Bulldog History

Even a cursory look at English bulldog history reveals a compelling and frightening story. In the United States, the English bulldog is the sixth most popular dog breed, and it consistently ranks in the top ten in many parts of the United Kingdom.

However, the original English bulldog and the English bulldog we know today are two quite distinct animals. This issue is producing continual dispute amongst purebred purists and animal welfare specialists, as you can see in the following timeline of English bulldog history.

The first domesticated wolves, ancient forebears to our current canines, are thought to have arrived around 14,000 years ago during the Mesolithic period, according to scientists. The first mention of the modern bulldog can be found in accounts from the time of the ancient Romans (31 B.C. to 476 B, C.).These writings mention huge "broad-mouth" dogs who battled with great courage and valor alongside human warriors (Roman, Greek, and British). Historians believe these ancient dogs were Alaunt dogs, a type of working dog that was not a breed but rather a type of working dog. There were two Alaunt lines, one of which was described as having a heavier build and a wide, powerful jaw. This dog was called frequently "bulldog Alaunt" in the common language.

This ancient working dog lineage is most likely the one, from, where the English bulldog originates.

Bulldogs are thought to have been developed in 13th-century England, during King John's reign, for the "sport" of bullbaiting, in which a staked bull fought a pack of dogs while spectators bet on the outcome. The dogs used in this gruesome sport, who were the forerunners of today's Bulldog, were terrible brutes with gigantic jaws, astonishingly fearless, and seemingly painless.

In 1835, England abolished animal blood sports, which marked a turning point in Bulldog history. Bullbaiting gave birth to pit-dog fighting in cellars, and blood sports moved underground, literally. This illegal activity necessitated faster, more lively canines than the slow-moving Bulldogs of the early 1800s. Gamblers developed their ferocious four-legged gladiators by combining various terriers with Bulldogs, resulting in the Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and other bull-type terrier breeds that are still popular today.

Its recurrent appearances at dog shows had piqued the press's interest by 1875. The 'New Bulldog Club' was founded to encourage all breeders to participate in the development of a point system upon which a Breed Standard could be built. As a result, the exaggerated features that give the modern British Bulldog his distinct thuggish look became a symbol of British grit. As a result, the British Bulldog is regarded as the country's national dog for a long time. During WWII, for example, much was made of the similarities between the jowly, stubborn Bulldog and Winston Churchill, the jowly, tenacious Prime Minister.

As Vero Shaw B.A. in her book, "The Illustrated Book of the Dog “states: "... for no variety of canine species is so universally identified, both at home and abroad, with Great Britain as the subject of this present article. Bulldog pluck and endurance are qualifications eagerly cherished by Englishmen of all classes, and it would be manifestly unjust to deprive this dog (breed) of the title which has been so universally awarded him".

Bulldogs don’t only have symbolic values in the United Kingdom but also in the United States. The breed is the mascot of a variety of sports teams in America, including those representing Yale University. Handsome Dan, Yale's Bulldog mascot, is claimed to be the first animal mascot in all of athletics. Uga, another well-known Bulldog football mascot, watches the University of Georgia Bulldogs' exploits from the comfort of an air-conditioned doghouse on the sidelines. The Bulldog is also the wrinkly face of Mack Trucks and the United States Marine Corps.

The physical traits of the modern Bulldog, like those of any other pure breed, make them easily recognizable. Despite the fact that the reason for which he was raised has been illegal since 1835, a century later his physical characteristics were recognized by the icon of his time. It is critical that current society comprehends the historical significance of each and every characteristic that has been preserved by aficionados to create our present Bulldog.

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