Spot The Differences In The Bulldog Breeds.
With so many variations of Bulldogs and Bulldog names it’s a wonder anyone can even tell the difference. A few of the breeds we’re about to discuss aren’t actually accepted or recognized by the American Kennel Club. One in this article is not accepted by the AKC and isn’t even technically……well, maybe “real” is the word I’m looking for?
Now, don’t get me wrong; this article is not meant as a “knock” to any of these breeds. I don’t mean to proclaim that one breed is better than the other; the goal is simply to address the different physical and temperamental traits existant in the Bulldog breeds. For instance, if you’ve found yourself a little perplexed considering the Olde English and English Bulldog please read on!
The Bulldog is often referred to as the dog with “a face only a mother could love”. Yes, Bulldog(aka british bulldog) is the actual name recognized by the AKC although I’ll admit it’s obviously way more fun to say “English” Bulldog so we’ll call him just that throughout the remainder of this article. The English Bulldog is known for his huge head, rose bud ears, short and stalky build and deep wrinkles canvasing his body, especially the face.
Bullies usually weigh in at between 45 to 60 pounds. If he’s got much of a neck at all, he probably looks a little, “off” as the head should connect almost directly to the body. Wide in front and more narrow towards the rear, a Bulldog possesses a commanding stance, but don’t be fooled; he’s a “gentle giant”. What a cute little corkscrew tail the Bulldog often has. Sometimes the tail can be straight and this is acceptable, but it should be very short.
Take a look at that muzzle. Immediately you notice it doesn’t protrude from his face much at all. There should be almost no snout; he’s a stunning “smush face”. Big boned is how he should look. The arms are short from body to paw and very meaty. The English Bulldog’s paws are huge and preferably are about as thick as the arms. Oh, and about his demeanor; a well tempered English Bulldog will love to play, although he doesn’t last too long before “shorting out”.
These are non-sporting dogs. You won’t see a whole lot of running or jumping in comparison to other, more agile breeds. As stated before, he’s as gentle as a mouse and desires above all else to lay at the feet- more preferably the lap- of his owner and snore the day away.
This one sounds fun doesn’t it?! A Miniature Bulldog, or “pocket bulldog”, is said to be a hybrid of a Pug and an English Bulldog. Actually, depending on who you’re talking to this breed comes into existence by cross breeding a few different combinations of dogs together. Some breeders claim they have the one and only recipe for the Mini Bulldog and they won’t share it with anyone. Others say they get a Mini by simply breeding only their Bulldogs that are smaller than a typical size Bully. When they get two smaller than average Bulldogs they breed them and it’s then hoped that those “small genes” are carried on to the puppies, although that can’t be guaranteed. Voila; you’ve got Minis!
Most breeders can supply registration papers for their mini bulldogs, but it is important to understand that the papers will actually have “English Bulldog” listed as the breed. The miniature Bulldog is not recognized by the AKC and therefore doesn’t have a list of acceptable, physical attributes that have been “set in stone”. A typical Mini Bulldog is a small, compact dog about the size of a Pug with a snout that only slightly protrudes away from the face. They usually weigh around 20 lbs.
Miniature Bulldogs are said to be quite friendly and to make good family pets. As previously mentioned, because Mini Bulldogs cannot be AKC registered and there is no AKC Standard to follow, it’s really up to each individual breeder to define the acceptable physical traits and temperament of a Mini. As with any puppy purchase; request to see the parents, get a health certificate and ask the breeder what it is that makes the puppy a “Mini” Bulldog. Technically there is no such thing as a “Mini” Bulldog. Nonetheless we found a breeder(we can’t vouch for them) that looks to have some cool “minis”.
“Frenchies” are Super Cute!! Ok, I admit, that statement can’t be tested or proven, and it certainly isn’t very technical, but in my most humble opinion it’s most definitely true. Sort of a “small cousin” of the English Bulldog, the French Bulldog and the English Bulldog have a ton in common.
Really, besides their obvious difference in weight and height the only things that “stand out” on the frenchie are his extremely perky ears. These things reach straight for the stars let me tell ya. You’ll still see quite a few wrinkles although not quite as much as the English Bulldog. French Bulldogs also tend to be more wide in the front and narrow in the rear like the English Bulldog.
Again, physically, there are some similarities with the typical Bulldog, but Frenchies are much more compact dogs and tend to way 18 to 30 pounds. With their short face and stalky bodies they won’t be running any marathons, but they are able to stay active for longer periods of time than an English Bulldog. Frenchies are very docile and make an exceptional family pet.
Olde English Bulldogs
This breed is very commonly confused with the English Bulldog. I once took a call from a poor woman who’s Husband bought her one for her birthday all the while thinking he was purchasing an English Bulldog. He learned the difference between these two breeds the hard way; poor guy probably spent the night on the couch. One thing’s for sure; as puppies, English Bulldogs and Olde English Bulldogs can look exactly alike except for a few small differences like a longer body and more narrow heads. Please do lots of research regardless of what breed you’re interested in so you know what you’re looking for.
The Olde English Bulldog is sort an attempt at the “original recipe” if you will. You know, the first Bulldogs from the 1800’s. He was created in 1970 in an effort to reproduce a dog that was first bred to fight bulls. Dogs fighting bulls! Can you picture that!? This activity was called Bull baiting and was eventually outlawed due to the obvious inhumane practices in the “sport”.
When looking at an Olde English Bulldog you should instantly notice they’re much taller than a standard English Bulldog and usually not too wrinkly at all in comparison. He can weigh as much as 100 lbs in fact! With the taller stance and more athletic look, many people imagine the Olde English Bulldog to be a more “healthy” pick as opposed to the English Bulldog, but the topic of health will always be dependent on the gene pool(parents).
Some today try to “perfect” the Olde English Bulldog by breeding different combinations of dogs; Like a Bulldog with a Mastiff, or a Bulldog and an American Bulldog. The disposition of this breed is described as friendly, capable and confident. This breed is not recognized by the AKC so their are no “papers” accompanied with the purchase of this dog.
Related Post: What To Look For In An English Bulldog.
The American Bulldog
Here’s a dog, because of his patriotic themed name; you might instantly picture in your mind’s eye to be standing on an Army base in our nation’s capitol, valiantly saluting the flag as it’s being raised up the pole. This variation of the Bulldog is a well built and strong specimen. He is capable of jumping vertically up to 7 feet into the air and due to his strength he does possess a great deal of pride. Generally, he is a mostly white dog with red or brindle patches miscellaneously placed on his body. These dogs are quite long, lean and tall especially in direct comparison to the English Bulldog.
Don’t look for any similarities between the American and the English Bulldog; you won’t find many. The American Bulldog has a long snout used for sniffing out vermin and sporting game. Typically this breed weighs 60-120 pounds. He was originally bred as a working/hunting dog and nearly went extinct by the time World War II rolled around. This breed is often mistaken for an American Pit-Bull Terrier like the one featured in the old “Our Gang” television series. Be sure to train him well and let him socialize with children as a puppy to help ensure he makes a good family pet.
See The Difference?
Hopefully this post was informitive and entertaining all while helping you, the reader, to better understand the differences between Mini Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and American Bulldogs. Please let me know what you think about the different breeds discussed. What are some common misconceptions you had before reading this article? I want to know if you agree or disagree. Comment Below. If you’ve still got questions about the differences in the breeds, please click over to our English Bulldog Q&A.