Although its primary intented role was that of a companion breed, the Olde English Bulldogge's genetic makeup, agility and physical appearance made it popular as a personal protection dog, which, coupled with the rise of other "alternative" working bulldogge re-creations which profited on the use of the OEB name, had resulted in David Leavitt essentially abandoning his creation and leaving the OEBA to focus on developing what would eventually become the Leavitt Bulldog breed. Over the course of the 1990's, the Old English Bulldogge continued its rise to fame, but it also suffered from its name being employed for a wide variety of similar creations, many of which neither looked nor acted the part the OEB should represent. This led to the formation of the Olde English Bulldogge Kennel Club in 2001 by Tim Kelly, Karen Campetti, Ray Schneider, Louis Colon and other breeders and enthusiasts who felt that the OEBA had essentially failed their breed, wanting to ensure the preservation of the original bloodlines and the integrity of the breed as whole. The OEBKC was recognized by the ARBA registry as the official Breed Club in America, ensuring that only OEBKC-registered dogs are accepted as pure Olde English Bulldogges.
The Olde English Bulldogge is a handsome, intelligent and even-tempered Molosser, a good choice for a family pet and urban companion, gentle with children and tolerant of strangers. However, early socialization is required to help control confrontational nature of some dogs, especially males. Naturally territorial, the OEB makes a good watchdog, but is no way an aggressive or vicious breed. It is fairly trainable, although some examples can be quite stubborn. This is a powerful, well-boned and athletic breed, with a wide chest, broad back and a large, round head, with strong jaws and a reasonably short muzzle. The eyes are round and dark, with black pigment on the eyerims. The broad nose must be black in colour. Ears can be "button" or "rose" in type, with the rose type being preferred. Unlike the modern screw-tailed English Bulldog, the OEB has a naturally longer tail, either straight or "pump handle" in type.
The coat is short, flat and shiny, coming in a variety of typical bully colourings, both solid and particoloured, including fawn, red, brown, brindle and white. Average height is around 19 inches.