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.