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Olde English Bulldogge vs. English Bulldog: What Are the 8 Key Differences?

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Olde English Bulldogges and English Bulldogs have very different backgrounds

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Is there a difference between an Olde English Bulldog (or OEB) and an English Bulldog? You might think these two dogs are the same based on their names, but you'd be wrong! In fact, their origins can be traced to two very different continents. For example, the OEB originated in the United States, while the English Bulldog originated in the United Kingdom. Even looking at them, you can see how different they are.

In this article, we'll focus on 8 major differences in appearance, characteristics, and health between the two pit bull breeds. We'll explore each of them in depth in the next sections. let's start!

Olde English Bulldogge Vs. English Bulldog: Comparison

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Old English Bulldogs Are Bigger Than English Bulldogs

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main difference old english bulldog english bulldog
high 16 – 20 inches 12 – 16 inches
weight 50 to 80 lbs. 49 to 55 lbs.
jacket type stubby short and smooth
color white, brindle, red, black white, brindle, red, gray
temperament alert, confident, strong, caring Aggressive, social, sweet, caring
pet/kid friendly somewhat pet/kid friendly very pet/kid friendly
life expectancy 11 to 13 years old 8 to 10 years
health problems healthy variety healthier variety
Olde English Bulldogge vs English Bulldog: Table of 8 Major Differences

Key Differences Between Olde English Bulldogge and English Bulldog

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English Bulldogs are loving and affectionate, but more sensitive to their surroundings than other breeds.

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Both the Olde English Bulldogge and the English Bulldog are loving, affectionate, and more sensitive than other breeds. Despite their similarities, they have many key differences to consider, such as body size, personality traits, and special needs. Old English Bulldogs are taller, heavier and live longer than English Bulldogs. They also have longer noses and are therefore less likely to suffer from brachycephaly or other respiratory problems. We'll dive into the full details below!

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Olde English Bulldogs are bigger than English Bulldogs

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Olde English Bulldog vs English Bulldog: Height

The average male height for an Olde English Bulldogge, or (OEB), is approximately 18.5 inches. The English Bulldog, also known as Bulldog or English Bulldog, is about 14 inches tall.

Olde English Bulldog vs English Bulldog: Weight

The average weight of an Olde English Bulldogge is 70 pounds, while the average weight of an adult male English Bulldog is 54 pounds. Despite being classified as a medium-sized canine, OEB is clearly the larger of the pair.

Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Coat Types

Both the Old English Bulldog and the English Bulldog have short, finer coats, however, the OEB is coarser than the English Bulldog and requires less maintenance.

Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Colors

White, brindle or red are the most common colors for Old English Bulldogs, however, they can also be black. Although it is popular among other breeds, the English Bulldog is rarely seen in black. While black eyeliner, nose, and cushions are typical, they are usually a lighter shade of white or beige.


English Bulldogs have a brave attitude, but aren't the most playful of the breed.

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Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Temperament

Both breeds are affectionate and social, but each have their own set of quirks. Olde English Bulldogs are reported to be more prone to wandering. When playing or angry, the English Bulldog has a more courageous attitude and can be aggressive. These two people are not born to play, and they are not suitable for training.

Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Kid/Pet Friendly

OEBs are more cautious with children and other animals, but they are still excellent family dogs who are not afraid of strangers. Bulldogs, or English Bulldogs, tend to be very social and get along with a variety of people and pets.

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English Bulldogs are loyal and love to snuggle with their family.

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Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Life Expectancy

Like most dogs, the Olde English Bulldog has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years. Sadly, the English Bulldog has a shorter lifespan than the average dog, with a life expectancy of only 8 to 10 years.

Your pit bull's health depends on how active he or she is. Bulldog breeds are prone to rapid weight gain due to their aloof nature. Bulldogs can't handle excessive exercise, but they still need activity. 15 minutes of daily morning and afternoon activity is enough for most bulldogs.

Olde English Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Health Issues

OEB and English Bulldogs are affected by health problems. Unfortunately, the English Bulldog is an unhealthy breed through no fault of their own. The extreme breeding procedures employed in the 18th century exposed the English Bulldog to some major health problems, such as heart disease and cancer.

Both breeds are inactive and both need plenty of sleep. Minimal and moderate exercise is best for OEBs and English Bulldogs to avoid hip or heart problems.

End Olde English Bulldogge and English Bulldog

Both OEBs and English Bulldogs are great family dogs, although OEBs are pickier about other pets and children. OEBs are also larger and stronger than English Bulldogs and live longer on average.

As a pit bull owner, it is important to be aware of common pit bull health issues and address them promptly. Find a veterinarian with experience with pit bulls so they can give you accurate guidance. A good pit bull breeder will perform health checks on both parents to ensure they only breed the healthiest pit bulls.

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