In general terms, the Olde English Bulldogge (OBE) is my choice because of the improved health, stamina, and heartiness that they have. The Olde English Bulldogge is closer to what the ORIGINAL English Bulldog was – bred to be an athletic and healthy farm dog. They were meant to be healthy, hearty, strong and able to live outdoors in most climates.
A DSK Bulldog will range from 55 to 85 pounds (depending on gender and parent structure), will sport a bully head and a taut, muscular body. Average height in our adults ranges from 15 to 18 inches to the top of the shoulder. Our bulldogs are bully and wrinkly enough to be beautiful, but they have enough muzzle length to free-breathe running and playing all day long without difficulty! I like to call our bulldog type a “tight bully” meaning that they have firmer bodies, tighter skin, and less wrinkle than the English Bulldog, yet still retain the bulldog look! As a rule, Oldies breed and whelp naturally.
On the other hand, the traditional English Bulldog (EB) was created by selective breeding techniques to create a more short compact build of bulldog. The EB is also short in height and tends to have a softer body type than what I prefer. They are extremely “bully” – very flat-faced with hardly any muzzle length, wrinkled face/head & body, and quite often has a screw-tail. Even though the EB is smaller and seemly “cute”, their body structure is physically limiting. By reducing the length of the muzzle, the nasal passageways are restricted increasing the chances of breathing problems. Typically, EB’s must live inside, since their muzzles are too short to withstand outside elements. Due to shorter leg length, the EB is normally not as athletic as an OEB. Between their short stature and muzzles, they are usually unable to do strenuous exercise without becoming exhausted. Without adequate exercise are also prone to weight gain, so owners must be careful to monitor food intake. EB’s have difficulty delivering puppies and usually require C-section surgery. Breeding is normally a challenge, as well.