Great Lakes Bulldogge
During the years following the 2nd World War, there has been a steady influx of various breeds into its bloodline, but it has been decided that the ideal recipe for re-creating the best Great Lakes Bulldogge is using a bitch that is 50% Dogue de Bordeaux and 50% American Bulldog, and crossing it with a male Rottweiler. Some breeders don't really see this as a re-creation, as much as a continuation of the original breeding practices. By selecting for desired traits, such as the thick Rottweiler-like coat and strong prey-drive and physical qualities of its parent breeds, the breeders of the Great Lakes Bulldogge are convinced that they're ensuring its survival without compromising its supposed purity. There is only a handful of breeders in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but they're not interested in the breed's recognition and generally keep to themselves, selling their puppies mostly to people who live on farms in rural areas. The Olde Northern Bulldogge was never a fighting dog, but its tenacity and ferocious personality have made it a breed of interest in some Detroit dog-fighting circles a few years ago, but to the relief of the breed's fanciers, their cherished "farm dawg" was too slow and heavy to excell in the "sport", quickly being abandoned and forgotten by American "dogmen".
The Great Lakes Bulldogge is a very territorial and aggressive property guardian, unfriendly towards people and intolerant of other dogs. Quite stubborn, independent and undemonstrative, it can be difficult to train and handle. It doesn't make an ideal family pet, due to being easily bored and too irritable to be around small children. The females are reportedly not as aggressive as male dogs and are easier to train. The Olde Northern Bulldogge is first and foremost a serious working dog, best suited for a life on a farm, but if properly socialized from very early on and handled with authority, it can make an agreable urban watchdog and companion for experienced owners. This rugged bully has a broad head, strong jaws, powerful neck and muscular body.
The medium-short coat is very dense, hard and flat, most commonly uniform black, black-n-tan or brindled over solid reddish-brown or fawn shades, with small white markings allowed on feet and chest. The tail can be either docked or left natural. Average height is around 26 inches.