Although a number of bandogge-type creations worldwide sometimes carry this name, the Italian Bulldogge breed was developed by Ray Giacobbe, a breeder of Olde English Bulldogges in Florida. While other breeders and experimenters are known to use American Bulldogs, Cane Corsos, Presa Canarios and similar breeds, the Giacobbe family reportedly created their Italian Bulldogge by crossing the Olde English Bulldogge with the Neapolitan Mastiff. The breed is still relatively unknown, but is said to be bred to a well-established type and is soon to be standardized.
The Italian Bulldogge is healthy, trainable and agile, making a good companion dog. Protective and territorial, the breed is a good property guardian, but isn't overly aggressive. More wrinkled and massive than an Olde English Bulldogge, described by some as a small Mastino Napolitano, the Italian Bulldogge is an attractive Molosser, sure to gain popularity in the future as a family pet and watchdog. The head is large and broad, with a moderately short muzzle and powerful jaws. The nose can be black, brown or blue. The body is well-boned, with a broad back and a deep chest.
The short dense coat is flat and found in all colours, but most commonly seen in dark brindle shades with white markings. Average height is around 20 inches, although taller examples exist.