If you have a Bulldog, a Frenchie, an Oldie, an American, French De Bordeaux, or even the traditional kind, here are some traits & facts that are common to all.
- Bulldogs were used to bait bulls in the 18th century and hence they are most known for being stubborn and tenacious. Since bull baiting was practiced in London, UK; Bulldogs are well associated with the English culture.
- Frenchies are descendants of British Bulldogs that have been cross-bred with other breeds such as the terriers to arrive at our modern day French Bulldog. Back in the 19th century once bull baiting was banned, many workers migrated from England to France and took their toy bulldogs with them. The little bulldogs became quite iconic in France and came to be known as the Francais. The AKC gives a perfect description of their temperament.
- The American Bulldog is most closely related to the Olde English Bulldog. These dogs were most well known as working dogs helping farmers and ranchers herding cattle and livestock. This breed closely resembles the original bulldog breed and can be a ferocious dog if in the wrong hands.
- The Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is an ancient French breed that has done everything from herding cattle, being guard dogs to fighting during the French Revolution, WW I & WWII. These dogs became super famous after their appearance in the movie “Turner & Hooch”
- Olde English Bulldog: An Olde English Bulldogge also known at the Leavitt Bulldog was re-created by David Leavitt to create a healthier and sturdier looking dog. The OEB is a cross between the traditional Bulldog, the American Bulldog and the American Pitbull Terrier, is a lot healthier and less intense than the American Pitbull. These guys are gentle, athletic, protective and make great city dogs! My dog Tyke is a perfect example of an OEB.