When Steve Barnett started the breeding programme in the 1980's, his intention wasn't to re-create the old baiting and fighting dogs, but rather to improve the modern Bulldog in terms of health and temperament. The increasingly popular Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge retains the overall appearance of the modern English Bulldog, but differs greatly in personality, health and agility.
Not a man-stopping guardian by any means, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge can still make a capable and alert watchdog. Quite territorial and protective, this is a dedicated and serious breed. Proper socialization will help control the somewhat unfriendly attitude towards other dogs. This lovely bully makes an excellent family pet and children's playmate. Large-headed, wide-chested and agile, the Dorset Bulldogge is a handsome and devoted companion.
The short coat is flat and smooth, coming in any colour.
Average height is around 22 inches.