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The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a new breed developed by a man named Steve Barnette in the 1980s. It was created as a better version of old-type bulldogs from the Tudor era, heath- and temperament-wise. True enough, the Dorset is a calm and gentle dog that is not prone to many hereditary health issues. It has not been recognised by The Kennel Club yet.
Here is a brief background of Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge if you are interested to own one.
The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, like its English Bulldog cousin, originated in the United Kingdom thanks to a man named Steve Barnett. In the 1980s, he created a breeding programme dedicated to producing the ideal old-type bulldog from the Tudor era. The objective was not to recreate the old baiting and fighting dogs but to improve their health and temperament. He got inspired with the perfect dog he saw in paintings and drawings during the aforementioned era and used dogs with British kennel club bloodlines as his breeding stock.
He was successful in creating the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, often described as a true athlete boasting of an impressive amount of stamina, while still being a loyal companion. Modern Dorsets are great family pets that also get along with other animals. Although it has gained popularity, it still remains unregistered with major breed registries like The Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club.
The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a medium-sized dog that embodies strength, confidence and pride. Standing tall and proud, it weighs 59 to 90 pounds and stands 48 to 61 centimetres. Its body is compact and well-muscled, having the traditional bulldog look. It has a large head with a slightly convex top, prominent cheeks, strong muzzles, rose-shaped ears that are set high, and a broad nose with opened nostrils.
The Dorset’s coat is short and close lying, often compared to that of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s. It comes in the following colours: white, black, brindle, slate grey/blue or a combination of these colours. This breed has low grooming needs and would benefit from a weekly wipe and brush to keep it in top shape. Make sure its wrinkles are cleaned regularly to avoid sores that can lead to infections.
Since its coat is easy to maintain, owners have a lot of time care for the other parts of its body that need attention. This specifically includes its teeth and gums. Brush its teeth twice a week to avoid dental problems. Also clean its ears, trim its nails and ensure its skin does not have any bumps. You also need to watch out for fleas and ticks especially if your dog interacts with other pets outside.
The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is a confident, agile, courageous, and loyal dog. The breed is often described as an all-rounder, which is more importantly, a wonderful family pet. It forms a strong bond with the family and would always want to be involved in all activities. In fact, it is good around children of all ages because it is gentle and placid. However, it may not be a good choice for families with toddlers because of its size. For older children, caution and supervision are needed as it has a strong nature to protect, although not aggressive if not provoked. It also does well with other house pets especially when raised together, but the neighbour’s cats and other pets are a different story. They may chase them as they see them as fair game.
The Dorset is an intelligent and willing-to-please breed, making it highly trainable. This breed may be docile but it sometimes has a stubborn streak, which is why a firm yet gentle hand is needed. It thrives in a household where the alpha role is established early on so it knows where to turn to for direction and guidance. It cannot be left for long periods as it develops separation anxiety. There should always be one member that stays at home to accompany it or it will do undesirable things to amuse itself.
As with any dog, the Dorset needs to be socialised early and exposed to different environments to become well-rounded dogs.
A typical serving for an adult Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is 2.5 to 4 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. To ensure that it maintains a trim body size, measure its food and avoid free-feeding.
Typical calorie needs of adult Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogges per day:
Unlike other bulldog breeds, the Dorset doesn’t have any sensitivity or any special food requirements as it as a generally healthy breed. That being said, it still needs to be fed high quality food with animal meat as the number one ingredient. Protein is an important nutrient for most dogs as they are carnivores. If possible, choose grain-free varieties for medium-sized dogs. Always read the labels and avoid those sold in supermarkets because they tend to contain plenty of unhealthy fillers, as well as artificial colourings and flavourings.
The Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge is known as a healthy and vigorous breed not usually affected by many hereditary diseases. Nonetheless, there aren’t enough studies about its health because it is relatively a young breed. But this doesn’t mean that you have to neglect veterinary consultations. The average lifespan of Dorsets is 10 to 14 years.
Dorsets are not high-energy dogs but would require at least 40 minutes of exercise every day. A short walk in the morning paired with a more interesting activity like games of fetch in the afternoon will be enough. Lack of physical activities and mental stimulation would lead to destructive behavior.
If you are looking to own a Dorset, the unfortunate news is that you have to go on a waiting list and expect to pay higher. There isn’t a lot of puppies bred every year in the UK and the price for a well-bred puppy won’t go below £500.
Aside from the initial purchase of the pup, here are some of the expenses that come with owning a Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge:
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