Olde Boston Bulldogge - History and Breed Standard

Breed History

The Olde Boston Bulldogge is a recreation of the original “Boston Bulldog”.  The goal of developing this breed was and remains to recreate the original type and form of the Boston Bulldog that is documented by many old historic photos.  

It is believed that the original Boston Bulldog was the breed / type from which the Boston Terrier was developed, therefore the early history of the Olde Boston Bulldogge is the same or very similar to that of today’s Boston Terrier.

The Olde Boston Bulldogge is however a separate and distinct breed from today’s Boston Terrier.  Today’s Olde Boston Bulldogge breeders put a high priority and emphasis on improved health and functionality while working their Olde Boston Bulldogge breeding programs.

Breed Standard

The IOEBA’s official Olde Boston Bulldogge breed standard is a detailed written description of the perfect “type” or “flawless” Olde Boston Bulldogge. 

A well written, detailed breed standard is a very effective tool that can be used to assist Olde Boston Bulldogge breeders in the selection process and evaluation of Olde Boston Bulldogges that are being considered for a structured breeding program or as a possible conformation show participant.  

It is important that Olde Boston Bulldogge breeders understand and use the IOEBA’s official Olde Boston Bulldogge breed standard, as the offspring they produce will have an impact on the Olde Boston Bulldogge breed in the future for many generations. 

The goal of all reputable Olde Boston Bulldogge breeders is to achieve perfection as far as correct breed type, health and temperament.

All IOEBA conformation judges use the IOEBA’s official Olde Boston Bulldogge breed standard as a guide to give themselves a mental picture of breed perfection by which they select future IOEBA conformation champions.

General Description :  The perfect Olde Boston Bulldogge should be of small to medium height and size (not toy sized) with a round compact head and a solid, muscular and athletic body.  The disposition should be outgoing, loyal, lively and intelligent.  The temperament of the Olde Boston Bulldogge is to be very stable and trustworthy.  

Olde Boston Bulldogges are a healthy working dog without serious health problems.  Male Olde Boston Bulldogges should be free breeders and females should be free whelpers.  The Olde Boston Bulldogge should be devoid of all breathing problems.   

Most importantly the Olde Boston Bulldogge is still a working Bulldogge.  Olde Boston Bulldogges are spirited yet thrive on pleasing their owners and are very trainable. 

The lifespan of an Olde Boston Bulldogge is between 10 and 14 years. 

Head :  Medium and high, slightly sunken between the eyes (medial furrow).  The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog’s height at the shoulder.  Fault:  Head too small.

Ears :  Short either naturally erect, drop or rose.

Muzzle :  Broad, deep and short.  The bite is even or slight underbite.  Fault:  Muzzle too long (more than 3 inches), too undershot of a bite.

Eyes :  Wide apart and of moderate size.  Any color is acceptable.

Nose :  Wide and broad.  The nose should not be pushed up between the eyes.  From the stop to the end of the nose must be at least an inch and a half. 
Fault:  Completely pink nose (a small amount is acceptable).

Neck :  Medium to short and very muscular.

Chest :  Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest wide and deep.  Fault:  Too narrow in the chest.

Back :  Short with a slight rise from the shoulders to the rump (level back is just as  acceptable).

Legs :  Forelegs should be stout and wide apart, neither bowing out or turning in.  Fault:  Bowing or turned out resulting in poor movement.

Feet :  Round and the pasterns should be strong.  Fault:  Down in the pasterns or splayed feet.

Height :  Males – 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder.  Females – 14 to 17 inches at the shoulder.

Weight :  Between 20 to 45 lbs.  Fault:  Dogs above the standard weight.

Color :  All colors are acceptable and can posse various amounts of white.  

Coat :  The coat should be short and smooth.

Tail :  Must be docked, of no major importance.

Temperament :  The temperament is to be very stable and trustworthy.  The disposition should be outgoing, loyal, lively and intelligent.