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In the mid 1980’s I had a friend who had read about a new breed called the “Olde English Bulldogge” (OEB) and purchased one from Dave Leavitt. The dog’s name was Ellette’s Brewster. He was out of Bullmead’s Spike and Bullmead’s Georgia and was a grandson to Westchamp’s High Hopes. I was highly impressed as I loved very bully looks. I bred one of our original farm utility bulldogs to him and got some great “bulldogges”, at least one of which lived to be sixteen years old. At this time I knew of no other Olde English in existence so I decided to breed my own line of “farm duty English Bulldog”. I researched and bought a Dogue de Bourdeaux from the healthiest lines I could find. Her name was Claire, and she was out of Umpy Des Chenries 002926 (Butch) and Amanda’s Des Chenaies 003530 (Amanda) vol. Lof d.bx. I started with a variation of the Fechimer breeding scheme Dave Leavitt was using and registered them as Mountain Bulldogs.

The year 2012 marked the 25th year since this line was first conceived, named, and registered with Tom Stogdhills Animal Research Foundation in Quinlan, Texas. We still breed with our original intent of a sustainable Bulldogge. Because of the extremely limited gene pool we started with in 1987 after 15 years and four generations it became necessary to rebuild the genetics we now call the Mountain Bulldogge.

This “Mountain Bulldogge” strain of Olde Bulldogge has now been screened completely hip dysplasia free by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and kept farm functional by the Hillegas family. We have combined variations of Fechimer and Clockwise breeding schemes to develop our line of “farm duty” bulldogges. The goal being to breed a very bully looking versatile bulldogge that has sound structure, athletic ability and heat tolerance, and with normal care and shade, can survive the rigorous demands of an outdoor olde time farm “dogge”. This might include being used to protect livestock , use as a draft animal or even competitive weight pulling. We always felt the O.E.B. breed standard needed a purpose to prevent it from evolving backwards toward the non-functional English Bulldog. Historically, European mountain dogs were functional farm dogs used for livestock guards, drovers and draft.

The original re-created Olde English Bulldogge in this country used only a couple of somewhat sound atavistic English Bulls in an effort to purge problematic genes from the pool. This is what we have stayed with. Today everyone wants health and hardiness but because of trends and the beginner’s demands for extreme bulliness, much of the original progress has been undone, by continued F1 crosses for English Bull looks with the insidious genes that come along.

To preserve our line of functional, dysplasia free Bulldogges we have a strict screening process and permanently register our O.F.A. certified breeding stock with the A.R.F. as Mountain Bulldogges.

Historical documents of interest.

After the passing of the late, great Tom D. Stodghill the ARF COWDOG MAGAZINE published a Fall 1989 SPECIAL MEMORIAL EDITION. On page 29 is a list of ARF Certified Breeders. We are listed in the BULLDOGS (Various Types) column.

To see the original ARF Pedigrees of our foundation Mountain Bulldogs, click here: => Rufus => Claire => Mag

John D. Johnson, known by many as the Father of the American Bulldog, makes reference to the Mountain Bull in a May 11, 1997 interview conducted at J.D. Johnson’s farm by noted breed historian Vito Alu. Following is an excerpt (the 25th question) from that interview:

“VAA: Could you answer for me what the term bulldoggy means, is it a dog that would resemble a long legged AKC English Bulldog. How could this dog have worked long hard hours in the hot South catching –herding –and guarding?”

“JDJ: Well a dog of that type cannot, an AKC English Bulldog cannot even run across your yard on a warm day to play with their owners. Their nose is too short, they are too short and compact so they can’t take the heat. David Leavitt called the dog he created the Olde English Bulldogge, I don’t know if that’s where that came from it’s just a name. It doesn’t matter what you call it Bulldoggy, Mastiffy, Hog Dog, Mountain bull, whatever. If they don’t show pure old time southern Bulldog, if they look Like a White Pit Bull, Hound or Mongrel they may be good working dogs to some. If they keep breeding for English looks with short legs he cannot run, which a shortlegged dog can’t run like a longer-legged dog, it can’t catch at all and it can overheat. That is not a farm utilility dog. An English Bulldog of today is only good as a pet to sit in your lap and to be a pet. A dog with any exaggeration like a short nose, or extreme wide low slung body, he is not correct the dog should be proportionate all over. If people keep breeding smaller to smaller, shorter to shorter, wider to wider, smash-faced to smash-faced then it won’t be long that they will have an AKC English Bulldog. I hope that never happens. In the old days it couldn’t happen because if your dog didn’t work it wasn’t around for long. We need to watch this very close.”

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