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Caring for a Old Tyme Bulldog
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The Olde Tyme Bulldog is a cousin of the English Bulldog and they were first developed to recreate the type of bulldog of times long past both in appearance and temperament. These charming bulldogs are relatively new to the dog scene and as such, they have not been recognised by any of the major international breed organisations which includes The Kennel Club. However, local breed clubs have been established with an end goal being to continue to produce healthy and good-tempered dogs and as such their numbers are slowly rising as they popularity grows.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are full of character and in general when responsibly bred, they are healthy, robust dogs that boast being laid back by nature like their English Bulldog cousins. It is worth noting that the Old Tyme Bulldog are extremely kind and typically love being in a home environment where there are children which is another reason why they make such great family pets.
The Olde Tyme Bulldog is the result of breed enthusiasts wanting to recreate a bulldog that existed two hundred years ago when these dogs were taller, had longer muzzles with smaller heads and necks that were more in proportion to the rest of their bodies.
Although they are a relative newcomer to the dog scene, the Old Tyme Bulldog is already gaining a big fan base in the UK and elsewhere in the world and more especially in the States. They are proving to be great family pets thanks to their kind, gentle and loyal natures and although not recognised by The Kennel Club (August 2017) as a unique breed in its own right or other major international breed organisations, bulldog enthusiasts have established local Old Tyme Bulldog clubs so that a standard is maintained in their breeding programmes and to ensure healthy puppies are produced in the future.
Dogs called "bulldogs" have been around since the mid-1500s and many of them were the ancestors of the modern bulldogs we see and love today. It is thought that Bulldogs were created by crossing Pugs with Mastiffs, although their real origins remain a bit of a mystery more especially as Pugs were not introduced to Europe until quite late in the 16th Century. There is also some belief that both the Mastiff and the Bulldog share a common ancestry namely having the Pugnaces Britanniae, a breed that was highly prized by the Romans and which they introduced to the Britain during their invasion and occupation of the lands.
Bulldogs were used for bull and bear baiting during the 1600s which was a very popular blood sport until it was outlawed when the Cruelty to Animals Act came into effect in 1835. However, Bulldogs were also used for other purposes which included rounding up dangerous, wild bulls for early settlers in the New World. Bulldogs were also kept as pets with one dealer called Bill George promoting the breed back in the day.
As time passed, Bulldogs were eventually crossed with Pugs which produced a shorter dog and one that had a brachycephalic skull which meant they would never have been able to do the job they were originally bred to do. The very first Bulldog Club was established in the UK in 1878 and the first breed standard was set with an end goal being to standardise the breed. A few years later, in 1891 two Bulldogs called Dockleaf and Orry took part in a competition to see which dog was capable of walking the farthest with Orry being a lighter and more athletic build while Dockleaf had a heavier build and shorter legs. The winner of the competition turned out to be Dockleaf.
Because the Old Tyme Bulldog is so new to the dog world, anyone wishing to share a home with one of these charming dogs would need to register their interest with breeders and go on a waiting list for the pleasure of doing so, but the wait would be well worth it. Although the Old Tyme Bulldog is not a Kennel Club registered breed (August 2017), the Kennel Club revised the breed standard for the English Bulldog in 2009 with an end goal being to breed healthier dogs that did not suffer breathing issues or having difficulty walking.
Height at the withers: Males 44 - 48 cm, Females 3 - 44 cm
Average weight: Males 22 -30 kg, Females 20 - 27 kg
The Old Tyme Bulldog, like the English Bulldog is a proud and noble dog that shares many of their physical traits which includes their delightfully 'grumpy' looks. They are powerful being thick set, broad and compact and a slightly lighter build than their English cousins. They have large faces and heads which are their defining physical traits which when paired to their pronounced undershot jaw adds the Old Tyme Bulldog's endearing looks.
Like their English Bulldog cousins, they have folds and wrinkles on their muzzles and heads. Their snouts are slightly longer than that of the English Bulldog. Their eyes are set quite low and nicely, wide apart being medium in size and round. Ears are set wide and high on a dog's head and fall closely and neatly to the side of a dog's head when they are relaxed, but slightly raised when alert or excited.
They have powerful, muscular bodies with their hindquarters being slightly higher than a dog's forequarters. Chests are deep and wide with dogs having broad and muscular shoulders. Bellies are nicely tucked up which gives the Old Tyme Bulldog a more athletic appearance than their English cousins. Front legs are strong, powerful giving the impression of being slightly bowed thanks to their broad chests. They have slightly arched backs and tails are set quite low with dogs carry them down when resting, but higher when alert or moving. Their feet are large and wide with strong toes, pads and nails.
When it comes to coat, the Old Tyme Bulldog boasts a short coat over their entire body. The most commonly seen colours include the following:
When an Old Tyme Bulldog moves, they do so with purpose albeit at their own pace. They don’t do much in a hurry and their gait is powerful and strong while at the same time showing must determination.
Breed clubs frown on any exaggerations that are bred into Old Tyme Bulldogs which is why all responsible breeders do their utmost to only use healthy dogs that boast good conformation in their breeding programmes.
The Olde Tyme Bulldog is known to be an extremely calm dog and one that is both loyal and brave. They move at a gentle pace, but with tremendous power. They form extremely strong ties with their owners and as such do not like to be left on their own for long periods of time. As such they are best suited to families where at least one person stays at home when everyone else is out. They are a good choice for first time owners as long as they have the time to dedicate to training their canine companion, bearing in mind that these dogs do things in their own time which is usually quite slowly.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are smart dogs, but they can be a little challenging to train thanks to the fact they have quite a stubborn streak. It takes time, patience and understanding to train one of these powerful dogs. It's very important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs. Their socialisation must include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated
It's also crucial for their training to start early too and it must be consistent throughout a dog's life. An Old Tyme Bulldog is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. If they don't know who is the alpha dog in a household, they may quickly take on the role of dominant dog which can make them harder to live with and handle.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are a good choice for first time dog owners because they are so loyal, laid-back and affectionate by nature However, they are known to be a bit stubborn which means that it can take time and patience to train them. In short, any potential owner needs to have the time to dedicate to their canine companion when it comes to educating them and teaching them the ground rules right from the word go.
The Old Tyme Bulldog is an easy-going character which means they like to take their time about things and this includes whether it is worth chasing another animal. In short, like their English Bulldog cousins they do not have high prey drives.
When they are puppies, an Old Tyme Bulldog is boisterous and playful. As they mature they remain quite rambunctious and enjoy playing interactive games with the people they love. However, care should be taken not to over things more especially during the hotter weather because all Bulldogs are more susceptible to overheating very quickly which could prove life threatening.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are very adaptable and providing they are given enough mental stimulation and daily exercise, they are just as happy living in an apartment in town as they would be living in a big house in the country.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are very loyal and devoted to their families and therefore hate it when they are left on their own for any length time which is why they are better suited to households where one person typically stays at home when everyone else it out. If they do find themselves on their own, they often suffer from separation anxiety which sees them developing destructive behaviours around the home.
An Old Tyme Bulldog has a very distinct voice and when they bark, everyone knows about it. With this said, they are not known to be excessive barkers and therefore do not generally just "bark" for the sake of it.
Because of their build and the fact they are brachycephalic, Old Tyme Bulldogs are not nature swimmers and it would be fair to say that many bulldogs have trouble staying afloat. As such, care should always be taken when walking a dog anywhere near more dangerous watercourses, just in case they fall in.
Old Tyme Bulldogs are very loyal and protective of their owners and as such they are always quick to let them know when there are strangers about. However, they are not the best watchdogs because they have such laid-back characters and generally can't resist greeting everyone they meet.
The Old Tyme Bulldog is a smart dog, but not a terribly fast learner because they like to do things in their own time. Their training must start early and it must be consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so they understand what is expected of them. It takes a lot of time and patience when it comes to training them because they can be a little stubborn at times, but it's important to understand that Old Tyme Bulldogs tend to do things at their own pace and in their own time which should not be confused with when they are being wilful or stubborn.
A puppy's training must start as soon as they arrive in their new home by teaching them the "basics" and "boundaries" right from the word go. Training should then start in earnest once a dog is fully vaccinated and it's a good idea to enrol them into puppy classes. This is a great way of socialising a dog and to train them in a safe and secure environment surrounded by people and other dogs.
The key to successfully training an Old Tyme Bulldog is to keep training sessions short. It takes a lot of patience and understanding because they are not known to move very fast, preferring to do things at their own pace. They do not answer well to harsh correction or any sort of heavy handed training methods, but they do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement which always brings the best out of these intelligent and quick-witted dogs, especially when there are high value rewards involved.
Old Tyme Bulldog puppies must be taught the ground rules as well as the limits and boundaries as soon as they arrive in their new homes with the following commands being the first ones they are taught:
Old Tyme Bulldogs are known to be very good around older children. However, because of their large size, they can easily knock over and scare a younger child. As such, Pets4homes advises that they are not the best choice for families with babies or very young children just in case they do knock them over albeit by accident.
Anyone who already shares a home with an Old Tyme Bulldog and who has younger children should always make sure they are never left together unattended. It is also crucial for parents to teach young children how to behave around dogs and when to stay away from them, particularly when there is food around or during playtime.
When dogs have been well socialised from a young enough age, they generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together. However, an Old Tyme Bulldog might decide to chase off any other cats they encounter albeit quite slowly. Care has to be taken when they are around any smaller animals and pets just to be on the safe side although they are not known to have a very high prey drive.
For further advice please read our article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs.
The average life expectancy of an Old Tyme Bulldog is between 9 and 14 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
The Old Tyme Bulldog is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these extraordinary dogs. The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:
When an Old Tyme Bulldog develops hyperuricosuria, it means they have higher levels of uric acid in their urine which in turn makes them more prone to developing kidney and bladder stones. All stud dogs should be tested "clear" of the disorder to ensure they do not pass the disorder on to their puppies.
Many people who snore suffer from a condition known as sleep apnea and Bulldogs suffer from it too which can be extremely worrying for their owners. It might seem that an Old Tyme Bulldog is not breathing when they are asleep and it can seem like ages before they take a breath again which they eventually do.
An Old Tyme Bulldog as with any other bulldog's tail should be straight and moderately long so that a dog can lift it away from their body. The problem is that many bulldogs have screw tails or inverted tails both of which are incorrect and which can cause a dog quite a lot of problems. Bulldogs with corkscrew tails could also have deformed spines and kinked backbones.
It would be fair to say that most bulldogs have soft, elongated palates thanks to the fact their skulls are brachycephalic. In most cases it leads to snoring which is common for the breed, but when the condition is a lot more severe, it can make breathing much harder for a dog. When the weather is hot and/or humid, it often sounds like a bulldog is "roaring" and it can lead to dogs suffering permanent trouble breathing.
All Old Tyme Bulldog puppies would have had their first vaccinations, but it's essential for them to have their follow-up jabs at the right time with the vaccination schedule being as follows:
There has been a lot of discussion about the need for dogs to have boosters. As such, it's best to talk to a vet before making a final decision on whether a Old Tyme Bulldogs should continue to have annual vaccinations which are known as boosters.
A male Old Tyme Bulldogs can safely be neutered when they are 6 months old and females can be spayed when they are 6 months old too.
Some Old Tyme Bulldogs gain weight after they have been neutered or spayed and it's important to keep a close eye on their calorie intake and the amount of daily exercise they get to prevent obesity. An obese Old Tyme Bulldogs would be put at risk of developing certain health issues which could end up shortening their lives by several years.
As Old Tyme Bulldogs are can develop skin allergies more especially in the folds and wrinkles around their faces and bodies which is why it is so important to keep a dog's wrinkles clean and dry. Some dogs can also suffer from allergic reactions to certain things and the triggers could include any of the following:
When an Old Tyme Bulldog has a flare up, it's important to treat their allergy sooner rather than later which means a trip to the vet would be in order. Skin allergies are notoriously hard to clear up at the best of times and finding the triggers can prove challenging.
Old Tyme Breed clubs have made it their mission to work alongside the BVA so that all their stud dogs would be eye tested, hip and elbow tested too. Responsible breeders would always ensure they only use dogs that have tested clear in their breeding programmes.
Because the Old Tyme Bulldog is not currently recognised by the Kennel Club, there are no breed specific breeding restricions in place, but all breeders should ensure that they do not breed any exaggerations into the dogs they breed.
There are no Kennel Club Assured Breeders for the Old Tyme Bulldog.
As with any other breed, Old Tyme Bulldogs need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
It's important to get a home ready for the arrival of an Old Tyme Bulldog puppy more especially as things tend to be quite rambunctious during playtime. It's a very good idea to limit where a puppy can go as a way of keeping them out of trouble and a good way of doing this is to fit sturdy child gates to strategic doors. All puppies need to sleep a lot during the day so it's also important to set up a quiet area that's not too out of the way for them which they can retreat to when they want to take a nap.
Although it can be hard to lay down ground rules as soon a cute puppy arrives it is however, extremely important for them to understand the rules and limits from the word go to avoid any unwanted and more dominant behaviours developing. It's essential to get the timing of when a puppy is introduced into a new home right which takes a bit of planning because someone needs to be around for the first week or so to help settle the newcomer into the home.
Crate and house training should also start early with many owners leaving the door of a crate open so that a puppy can go in or out of it when they want to which is a great way of getting them used to being in one. It's also a great way of keeping a boisterous puppy out of harm’s way when needed. Old Tyme Bulldogs are intelligent and therefore fast learners which in short means they are generally easy to house train. It's best to show patience when housetraining any puppy and to recognise when they want to do their business so they can be either let outside or taken to a puppy "training pad".
An Old Tyme Bulldog puppy would have been wormed before being sold and the documentation a breeder provides for a puppy must have all the details of their worming date and the product used as well as the information relating to their microchip. It is essential for puppies to be wormed again keeping to a schedule which is as follows:
There are items needed to care for a puppy which should be purchased well in advance of their arrival. The items needed include the following:
All puppies are very sensitive to loud noises so it is important to keep the volume of a television down and not to play music too loudly either because it could frighten an Old Tyme Bulldog puppy and prevent them from napping as they should during the day.
Reputable breeders would always ensure their puppies vaccinated before they are sold, but as previously mentioned, it is up to their new owners to make sure they are given their follow-up shots at the right time which should be as follows:
When it comes to boosters, it's best to discuss these with a vet because there is a lot of debate about whether a dog really needs them after a certain time. However, if a dog ever needed to go into kennels, their vaccinations would need to be
When Old Tyme Bulldog reach their golden years, they do slow down in many ways and they might start showing their age with more grey hairs appearing on their faces and more especially around their muzzles. Apart from a change in their appearance an Old Tyme Bulldog personality might change too and this includes on how quick they are to respond to a command or when their names are called. The reason for this is that many older dog's hearing is not as good as it once was. Other changes to watch out for in an Old Tyme Bulldog when they reach their senior years include the following:
Old Tyme Bulldogs boast having short, close lying coats and as such they are low maintenance on the grooming front. A weekly brush and wipe over with a chamois leather is all it takes to keep their coats in good condition with a nice sheen on it. They shed steadily throughout the year only more so during the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent grooming is usually necessary to stay on top of things and to remove dead and shed hair from a dog's coat.
The folds around a dog’s head and on muzzles should be regularly cleaned to avoid any build-up of dirt and debris which could lead to sores developing in them. It's also important to check a dog's ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax builds up, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure with ear infections.
Having the right grooming tools helps keep an Old Tyme Bulldog's coat and skin in top condition. The tools needed to keep a dog's coat looking good are as follows:
The Old Tyme Bulldog is not a high energy dog, but they still need the right amount of exercise every day combined with as much mental stimulation as possible to prevent them from getting bored. They need anything from 30 to 40 minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible, but only in a safe environment. If they are not given the right amount of mental stimulation and exercise every day, an Old Tyme Bulldog would quickly get bored and could even begin to show some destructive behaviours around the home which is their way of relieving any stress they are feeling and not necessarily because they are being naughty.
A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is a must with as much off the lead time as possible. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these active, high-energy dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape and could get into all sorts of trouble. It's important not to walk an Old Tyme Bulldog when the weather is too hot because they can easily overheat because of their short noses. The best time to walk them is earlier in the morning and then again later in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky and the temperature is cooler.
With this said, Old Tyme Bulldog puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still developing. This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs. Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.
If you get an Old Tyme Bulldog puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it's important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. You can change a puppy's diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don't develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it's best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet before attempting to change it again.
Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters, but this does not mean they can be given a lower quality diet. It's best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it's good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It's also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog's life by several years so it's important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.
Once a puppy is settled into their new homes, it is safe to change their diets, but as previously touched upon, it needs to be done gradually and carefully to avoid any tummy upsets. As a rough guide, Old Tyme Bulldog puppies can be fed the following amounts every day to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow and develop properly:
Below is a rough feeding guide of how much a Bulldog puppy needs to be fed daily during the first months of their lives:
Once a puppy is 13 months old, they can be fed adult food in the portions which are covered in the feeding section. Puppies should be fed 3 or 4 times a day until they are anything from 14 to 18 months old after this they can be fed twice a day.
As a rough guide, an adult fully grown Old Tyme Bulldog can be fed the following amounts every day to ensure they stay fit and healthy:
If you are looking to buy an Old Tyme Bulldog, you would need to register your interest with breeders and agree to being put on a waiting list because very few puppies are bred every year. You would need to pay anything upwards of £500 for a well-bred puppy.
The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Old Tyme Bulldog in northern England would be £58.05 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £154.83 a month (quote as of September 2017). When insurance companies calculate a pet's premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog's age and whether they have been neutered or spayed among other things.
When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life. This would set you back between £30 - £40 a month. On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with an Old Tyme Bulldog and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which quickly adds up to over £1200 a year.
As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for an Old Tyme Bulldog would be between £90 to £160 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog, but this does not include the initial cost of buying a well-bred pedigree puppy.
When visiting and buying any puppy or dog, there are many important things to consider and questions to ask of the breeder/seller. You can read our generic puppy/dog advice here which includes making sure you see the puppy with its mother and to verify that the dog has been wormed and microchipped.
The Old Tyme Bulldog is an extremely popular breed both in the UK and elsewhere in the world which means that well-bred puppies command a lot of money. As such, with the Old Tyme Bulldog there is specific advice, questions and protocols to follow when buying a puppy which are as follows:
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