Mia the Olde English Bulldogge came to our Sacramento clinic

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At our Sacramento pet vaccination clinic we were visited by this great looking dog and her human. Mia is an Olde English Bulldogge and that is an unusual breed because the original version of the English Bulldog went extinct over 100 years ago. The Bulldog in it’s original incarnation was a bull fighting dog developed for the specialized role of holding a thrashing bull by the nose and trying to hold on until the bull gave up and went down. That bulldog was medium-large sized, strong but not over muscled, ferocious in a fight and stout enough to survive being thrown about by the bull. When bull baiting was outlawed by the first animal cruelty laws of 1835 England the breed was abandoned and soon died out. There were, however various descendants of these pit fighting dogs in the American southeast and that’s where David Leavitt comes into the picture. In the 1970s he set about the task of recreating as closely as possible the original fighting English Bulldog. Using old portraits and pictures as a guide, Leavitt crossed various Bulldog and Pitbull and Mastiff types until he had produced the breed he renamed ‘Olde English Bulldogge’. The nice thing about Leavitt’s breeding program is that while he was trying for a particular vintage Bulldog look, he also worked diligently to produce a mild mannered and reliable personality in his new breed. Thus the Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of a long-past breed but with a good personality suitable for life as a companion pet. – Geoffrey Antipa http://dogandcatshots.com

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