Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Non-Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 60-90 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 10-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a medium size relatively new bulldog breed originating in England. It was developed by one Steve Barnette in 1980's in an attempt to re-create bulldogs of Victorian Era that would be high in energy, athletic, a bulldog both in appearance and temperament.

The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a medium size bulldog that stands proud and confident. The dog stands between 19-21 inches and weighs between 60-90 pounds. It is a dog with large head with forehead dominating the face. Wrinkles and loose thick skin is evident on face, about throat and side of head. The muzzle is broad, short, deep and strong.Neck is slightly arched, of moderate length and very muscular. Nose is broad with wide nostrils. Ears are wide, set high and can be rose or button shaped. The shoulders are muscular and slightly slopping. Body is compact with short straight back that gives impression of a balanced dog, wide and deep chest along with well sprung ribs. The tail is usually straight or pump handle but can also be found as crank and cork screw. The coat is short, fine textured, smooth and flat and comes in white, brindle, black, slat grey-blue.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major club.


Dorset's are bred in variations of brindle, variations of pied, also black and slate gray- blue, the slate gray blue's known as Dorset Blue poole's, as a respect & tribute to the original blue Paul (pol) of Scotland, and the area of Poole in Dorset.


The coat is short, smooth, fine and flat that requires minimal grooming.


The developer of this breed, Steve Barnette, always wanted "to produce a national dog; a dog you can stand alongside proudly, confident in the knowledge that he is an athlete; capable of non-stop energy, looking like a true gladiator; a bulldog both in appearance and temperament. Not a nuisance around animals and other dogs, but with an inbred fire if needed or called upon; a dog that would grace the arena of any show, in any country and be gazed upon with awe and respect". The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge comes very close to this description, if not fulfill it. It is a very loyal and loving breed that will form a strong bond with its master. Always on the lookout to please the owner, the dog is very friendly, gentle and obedient. It is very patient and affectionate with children and poses no problem with other dogs and pets in the family. The dog seeks human companionship and would make a very good companion. It is keen to lie at your feet or walk at your side. It is a very adaptable dog breed that can fit into almost any lifestyle without any difficulty. It can handle any amount of exercise. An active or laid back owner does not affect the dog due to its adaptability to different living conditions. Though not considered a guardian dog, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge will protect its family courageously if such situation arises. It is alert and attentive dog that will not let an intruder or stranger enter the house unnoticed. The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge makes an excellent companion, family and watchdog and it is a joy to have in the family.


Short coat of this dog does not require much grooming. The coat can be in top condition with once or twice brushing a week.


Docile, obedient yet intelligent, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is not a difficult dog to train. It is an eager to please breed that will thrive on positive training methods such as praise and appreciation. Like every dog, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge will need a confident and stable trainer.


It is a uniquely adaptable dog that can manage with any amount of exercise. The dog can be an energetic breed with an energetic family or owner, doing all sorts of playing, running and other tasks tirelessly or it can be a relaxed and laid back dog with a laid back and not-so-active owner.

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