Bulldog: Mrs. and Mr. Thorpe, maybe the Best Bulldog Breeders of Ever BULLDOG I nipoti di Bulldog Tuffnuts Snow Angel BULLDOG Bulldog Tuffnuts Striker BULLDOG Robin Hood BULLDOG Bulldog inglese, anno 1996, Mister Les Thorpe, il Presidente del British Bulldog Club, Allevamento Tuffnuts, con il campione Bulldog Tuffnuts Striker, il nonno di Bulldog Snow Angel Striker MORFOLOGIA Bulldog Lord Byron e Bulldog Tully BULLDOG Bulldog Tully e Bulldog Robin HoodThe Original Pure Breed Bulldog Tuffnuts Bulldog Pure Breed, Head Bulldog Pure Breed, Mouth bulldog purebred with closed eyes bulldog purebred tuffnuts:side headbulldog purebred: front bulldog purebred: in the car bulldog purebred: window filter bulldog purebred:side viewbulldog front view bulldog hungrybulldog head front view bulldog head right sideThe bulldog head,right sidebulldog puppiesbulldog puppy headbulldog pure breed tuffnuts snow angel tuffnutsbulldog:the original pure breed bulldogs the original purebred bulldog tuffnuts, tuffnuts ocobo bloodline, daughter of tuffnuts snow angel snow angel with tuffnuts snow angel striker Bulldog Tuffnuts Snow Angel, breeded by Mrs. and Mr. Thorpe, owner allevamento Tuffnuts Snow Angel, the grandmother of Tuffnuts Snow Angel Tuffnuts Bulldog Ch. Ocobo Pearly Boy, breeded by Mr. Davis, owner allevamento Villa Eden,the grandfather of Tuffnuts Snow Angel Tuffnutsbulldog winston, tuffnuts-ocobo, walking lovelybulldog winston moves very wellIl leggendario Mr. Les Thorpe, Presidente e Segretario del British Bulldog Club, fondato nel 1892, con Mrs. Brenda Price e Mrs.Carole Newman, giudicando.Allevatore Inglese del 1910 con il Bulldog Inglese Originale e con il Bulldog Inglese modernoMr. Michele Abbondandolo

Old English Bulldog

Old English Bulldog:Tully

Bulldog Inglese: TullyOld English Bulldog

Bulldog Inglese: Tully

The first historical traces of bull-baiting occur in the time of the regency of King John. Enraged steers, specially bred for their aggressive nature, were used to test the keenness of dogs. A collar around the bull's neck was fastened to a thick rope about three to five metres long, attached to a hook, then fastened to an embedded stake that turned, allowing the bull to watch its antagonizer.The dog's goal in the attack was to pin and steadfastly hold onto the bull's nose, which is its most sensitive spot. If the dog gripped tightly, the bull became completely tractable. The practical purpose that pre-dated the sport was that the working butcher's dogs rendered the semi-wild cattle available to the butcher for slaughter without human injury. To avoid this attack, experienced fighting bulls lowered their heads as much as possible in the direction of the attacking dog, protecting their noses and meeting the attacker with only their horns, tossing the dog into the air. The dog reciprocated by staying low to the ground as it crept towards the bull. These tactics resulted in a specialized breed in the form of the now-extinct original Old English Bulldog. This breed was extremely compact, broad, and muscular. Modern oral history describes a particular characteristic of the breed as a lower jaw that projected considerably in front of the upper jaw, which made possible the strong, vice-like grip. This is highly doubtful since all modern working catch dogs have a level or reverse scissors bite. The story continues that the nose was deeply set, which allowed the dog to get enough air as it gripped the bull. A certain small amount of "layback" of the nose may possibly have been desirable, but a more important characteristic would have been a large nasal opening for airflow. The contemporary recreation of this breed of lore is called the Olde English Bulldogge.

Bulldog Tully, rasentando la perfezione

Bulldog Tully durante la passeggiataBulldog Tully, studio laterale del Bulldog Inglese Originale

Old English Bulldog

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Two other recognized members of the breed 'Crib and Rosa' can be seen in a painting of that period, with Rosa being considered to represent perfection in the shape, make, and size of the ideal type of Old English Bulldog; however, being deficient in wrinkles about the head and neck and in substance of bone in the limbs.The Old English Bulldog was compact, broad and muscular as reflected in the well-known depiction Crib and Rosa. The average height was approximately 15 inches and they weighed about 45 pounds. A particular characteristic of the breed was the lower jaw that projected considerably in front of the upper jaw, which made possible a strong, vice-like grip. The nose was deeply set in the face, which allowed the dog to get enough air as it gripped the bull.

Historians are fairly confident that the Old English Bulldog is derived from ancient war dogs, such as, the old Mastiff or Alaunt. Others believe that the true origin of the breed is not entirely clear. Depictions in old prints show that the variety was without doubt a small Mastiff, with a comparatively long head. The word 'Mastiff' was eventually dropped when describing these smaller Mastiffs, as the Mastiff proper was found too slow for bull-baiting. Eventually, the Greyhound was crossed into the breed increasing the mastiff's speed, without losing the breed's ferocity. This step reduced the Old English Bulldog's size and weight, with the Greyhounds features seen in specimens of that time.

Bulldog Striker - Bulldog Jubilant - Bulldog Tully, tre fratelli a tre anni.

Bulldog Tuffnuts Snow Angel breeded by Mr. and Mrs.Thorpe

Bulldog Tuffnuts Snow Angel



Michele Abbondandolo,

I start by saying that this is an historical analysis and, for this reason, it tries to remain true to the facts. I start by saying that, probably, the only person that really knows the history of the Original Pure Breed Bulldog is the great Mr. Les Thorpe and that, probably, mine are just assumptions. Among the factors that could have caused its extinction, in my opinion, we can recognize the persecution sparked off towards it (the bulldog) during the 19th Century, the market requests for Hypertypic Bulldogs, the necessity to obtain an higher number of pups even if not 100% pure. Unfortunately, in this case also, the information that we can get about the British Bulldog are quite contradictory. I, strongly, do not believe that opinion movements, certainly limited, regarding the Bulldog excessive aggressiveness (its tendency to strike at the face, to attack other dogs and its notorious ability to catch and kill cats, also the ones of the neighbors), or its ancient Asiatic origins ( nationalist troubles at the end of the '800), can justify its extinction also because the Classic Bulldog of the 20th century tries, with no success, to strike at the face, it tries , with no success, to catch the cat, and usually the male is cantankerous with another male. Moreover, looking at the oldpaintings, the Bulldogs does not look like an uncontrollable or too aggressive dog, for example when is not painted with man. In fact, in many fights paintings, we can notice that the man, with his excitement, is the real main character of the painting and of the fight. Therefore it was necessary to bring the bulldog to such a state of exasperated excitement to force it to fight. Consequently, the Bulldog must not have been a bad dog, insensitive or uncontrollable, on the contrary... but it was probably easily excitable and, even more, it must have been very sensitive towards its owner excitement. Therefore I would not say that there has been a real effort of the exceptional English breeders that usually, rapidly and scientifically, achieve their goals. On the contrary the Bulldog was classified as a fighting breed until few years ago. Making a very personal hypothesis we can definitely say that in 1835 dog fighting's became illegal and that the breed evolution towards a more performing dog suddenly stopped. We know that Philo Kuon, being worried for this rapid involution, also numeric, has tried to fix the characteristics of the Original Pure Breed Bulldog using two famous painting dated before 1835. We also know that, on the contrary, the bulldog was a legendary dog and that he was requested all over the world for its working and fighting ability to such an extend that to create new breeds and to guarantee a good result it was always used the best bulldog blood ( like for the Boxer).At this point comes more likely trying to understand the reasons that, in a market situation with many exports, brought to remain with only few valuable reproducers ( those never had to pass the demanding test of the fight where the performance ability was really measured; in the same respect the medicines brought in by Philo Kuon , the breed standard, the dog shows, the judges verdicts, too mutable, inadequate or, even unfeasible, turn out to be something that cuts both ways ) and, even more, to have too few females looking like Rosa. In such a critical situation, in my opinion, there might have been the need to use brood females not so pure, or Pug dogs, Dogue de Bordeaux or Mastiffs with the aim, not to transform the ancient fighter ( considered the best dog in the world) but to modify it as little as possible being able to produce a sufficient number of puppies. For this tendency of the English breeders, even over a 200 years period, the Classic Bulldog is not so different from the Original Bulldog. To summarize: this hypothesis identifies in the reproducers market and in the dog shows the main reasons of the Original Pure Breed Bulldog seeming desappearance. The hypothesis about the reason and the manners could be endless but the only fact historically verifiable is that, after 700 years of fightings, barbaric invasions, wars, famines, dedeseases, 20 years of dog shows (with no wars or deseases) have been enought to cause its extinction. May be in London somebody was trying to underline the power of the Capital on the rest of the Empire or they had simply realized that the Bulldog could have been a good business but, having already sold the top reproducers and the brood females like Rosa, they did not want to give up the easy profit. For this reason they rapidly introduced the "London Bulldog", a gorgious looking dog but a "substitute" bulldog with an uncertain future, result of an extempore selection and definitely not enought tested ( and why give credit to a dog not tested enough when you can have the most tested dog in the world?) and with a similar character, and all this despite of the country breeders and of the dog-lovers, exploiting the dog shows and the breed standards. In theory, to be able to defeat it at the shows without raising suspictions the "London Bulldog" should have been the most similar to the Original Bulldog and then the standard should have been slightly modified but the two dogs were becoming more and more different. It is not a case that, untill a few years ago, the "London Bulldog" was boasted to be the only dog with the same spirit and bravery of the Original Bulldog. The dog shows enforced the victory of the London Bulldog and concluded the Story of the Best Dog of the World for whom they have been created, together with the Breed Standard ( Dog exhibitions without the application of breed standards or Point Systems occurred, like the one of Newcastle on Tyne in 1859) and so the Original Bulldog, shamed and defeated, retreated to Lincolnshire ( a flat and well ventilated region) where the tradition could guarantee its survival and where its history began in the 13th Century, far from London, from the busines and from Dog Shows.

English Version by Angela.