The Olde English Bulldogge is said to have originated in England between the times of 16th and 17th century. These were in the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today including the AKC English Bulldog and American Bulldog.
The Olde English Bulldogge was originally bred to take part in sports such as bull baiting. However in the 1830's there were laws passed in England prohibiting the blood sport of bull baiting, which in turn terminated the purpose of the Olde English Bulldogge. As a result of the prohibition, the population of the breed declined almost to the point of extinction within a decade.
It was at that time fanciers of the breed decided to recreate the breed,focusing on diminishing the aggressive temperament of the original Olde English Bulldogge. They crossed the remnants of the existing stock with other breeds over the years that followed, and developed the modern English Bulldog. Unfortunately though this modern recreated breed is plagued with many genetic health problems.
The Olde English Bulldogge of today is a reconstruction of the original17th and 18th century bulldogge. To obtain this goal, carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs have used various dog breeds including English Bulldog, American Bulldog, APBT and the Mastiff selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge. The result is an attractive, healthy, intelligent,
and athletic bulldogge. Some of the registries that these dogs are recognized by are listed above.