Possibly the last documented photo showing an …

Possibly the last documented photo showing an original Olde English Bulldog pictured next to the predecessor of the modern show bulldog. The Olde Bulldogge originated in England between the 1600 and 1700’s and are the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today. They were bred for the blood sports of the day, such as bull and bear baiting. In England, the sports got quite popular throughout the middle of the 18th Century. Both sports primarily consisted of staking out a Bull or Bear and allowing several Bulldogs to attack it until it’s taken down.
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In 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting with bear baiting laws following thereafter. This lead to the Olde Bulldogges numbers to drastic decline and almost become extinct within the decade after the law passed since they served no purpose anymore.
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As seen on the photo (circa 1910) and of dogs today, the short “show style” dog would not do well against a 1000lbs bull. The medium size to larger dogs were considered for the task and today remnants of the breed still exist such as the AmericanBulldog. Bulldog fanciers decided to reconstruct the breed but knew that a toned down temperament and a more friendlier physical version of the original Olde English Bulldogge was needed to appease the show world. Crossing of existing original Bulldogge with other breeds, possibly the pug and paying close attention to their breeding stock, only breeding for a certain look helped developed the modern EnglishBulldog. Unfortunately this modern day bulldog is wrought with all kinds of genetic and health problems.
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Some breeders have tried to recreate the original Bulldogge, Dave Leavitt of Pennsylvania has successfully created a great looking and working bulldog ironically known today as the Olde.
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