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Our HistoryThe Olde English Bulldogge was developed in the early 1970's by David Leavitt, of Coatesville, PA. Mr. Leavitt used a line breeding scheme that was designed and developed by Ohio State University for breeding cattle. The goal was to recreate a specific breed of Bulldogge with the look, health and athleticism of the original bull baiting dogs, but without the extreme tenacity. The foundation crosses consisted of ½ English Bulldog, and the other half Bullmastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog. After many carefully planned crosses, the Olde English Bulldogge emerged and began to breed true. To keep track of his work, Mr. Leavitt developed the Olde English Bulldogge Association (O.E.B.A.). Detailed records of the foundation stock had been maintained and this information was converted into the O.E.B.A. registry.By 1985, three true lines had been developed, and the breed was deemed sound, stable, and well suited for modern life. In the early 1980's Ben and Karen Campetti from Sandisfield, Massachusetts became deeply involved in breeding Olde English Bulldogges. At this time, the Campetti's began showing the breed in Mollosser shows. Through their efforts, the Olde English Bulldogge achieved much success in the Conformation ring, and spurred the interest of many rare breed fanciers. Due to this success, many breeders became interested in producing this dog.One unwelcome by-product of the Olde English Bulldogges’ success in the Conformation ring, obedience trials, and therapy work, was a rise in the use of the dog in Personal Protection training. Most of this training was being conducted by people that were unqualified to do so. The popularity of this breed in PP work can only be attributed to the breed's excellent health, agility, temperament, and it's classification as a Working Breed, thus creating much controversy over the breed’s intended function. At this point, Mr. Leavitt turned the OEBA registry as well as his personal breeding stock over to Mike Walz of Working Dog Inc. Over time, the decision to turn over the registry turned out to be a bad one. Due to the inefficiency of the Registrar and the organization, Olde English Bulldogge owners and breeders could not get necessary information and registration papers. It is important to note that many fine examples of the Olde English Bulldogge were produced by Mike Walz and Working Dog Inc.In 2001, recognizing that the needs of the breed, the owners, and the breeders were not being met by the OEBA, The Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club was formed. For more information about the OEBKC, please visit our About Us page.