This re-creation of the old style British bulldog was developed by an enthusiastic breeder named Ken Mollett and his associates in the early 1980's. Mollett used the healthiest modern English Bulldog specimens he could find and crossed them with Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bullmastiffs and English Bullterriers. As a result of that programme, the Victorian Bulldog is considerably healthier and more athletic than the modern Bulldog and in personality it resembles the original bulldogs much more. It should be noted that this is not the same breed as the American creation known as the Olde Victorian Bulldogge. In 1998, the Victorian Bulldog Society was established to help promote the breed and enforce strict breeding guidelines, but after Ken Mollett passed away in 2002, a new breed club was formed and presently the Victorian Bulldog Foundation is working hard on gaining official recognition for this wonderful bully.
Agile and alert, the Victorian Bulldog makes a playful and loving family dog, but due to its somewhat confrontational temperament it needs to be handled with caution around strange dogs. This is an even-tempered and noble breed, rarely starting any trouble with other dogs, but it will defend itself when provoked. The head is large, with a wide muzzle and powerful neck. Well-muscled and broad-shouldered, it is quite an impressive looking bulldogge. The tail can be either docked or left in its natural state, in which case it's accepted as screwed, straight or carried low.
The coat is short, flat and acceptable in all common bulldog colours, such as red, white, fawn, brindle and fallow. No black or black-n-tan dogs are allowed. Average height is around 19 inches.