The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700. These were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog. They were bred to participate in blood sports like bull bating. This so called sport became quite popular in England through out the middle of the 18th century. Bull bating primarily consisted of staking out a bull and allowing several bulldogs to attack it. A dog of great courage and agility was needed for bull bating. This dog was of medium size; larger dogs were considered to be the result of mastiff crosses.
Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogge's main purpose of existence vanished. Within a decade the numbers of bulldogs declined drastically, almost to extinction. Dog show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed but wanted to tone down the aggressive temperment of the original Olde English Bulldogge. They crossed the remnants of the existing stock with the pug and over the years that followed, they developed the modern English Bulldog. Unfortunately though, this modern breed is wrought with all kinds of genetic health problems.
The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Olde English Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th century.
Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully and thoughtfully planned out breeding programs to obtain this goal. The foundation of most of todays Olde English Bulldogges can be traced to English Bulldogs, American Bulldogs, and the Mastiff.
These dogs were used very selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical and mental traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge. The result has been a good looking bulldog of great atheletic ability that is much healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems that plague today's modern English Bulldog. The goal of all Olde English Bulldogge breeders should be to produce genetically healthier bulldogs that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers.