The life expectancy of the Olde English Bulldog is about 11 years on average. Being a mix between multiple breeds, Olde English Bulldogges are healthier than modern English Bulldogs.
Despite being generally healthier and sturdier, however, the Olde English Bulldogge can still be affected by some health issues. Some common health issues that the Olde English Bulldogge is susceptible include:
When developing the Olde English Bulldogge, David Leavitt tried to breed out hip dysplasia, a genetic condition that is very common among modern English Bulldogs. However, due to failure by some breeders to follow proper breeding procedures and standards, the Olde English Bulldogge is still susceptible to hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a condition that results in a malformed hip joint that causes pain during movement. Some symptoms of hip dysplasia include decreased activity, limping, loss of muscle mass in the thighs, and even lameness.
The best way to avoid having to deal with this problem is to make sure that the parents of your Olde English Bulldogge pup were screened for hip dysplasia before being bred.
Bloat, also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus, is a potentially fatal condition that is caused by a dog’s stomach filling with gas. This, in itself, is not life-threatening.
Sometimes, however, the gas-filled stomach turns upon itself, blocking both the entrance and exit to the stomach, as well as blood flow to the intestines. Once this happens, it can quickly result in death if the dog doesn’t receive prompt medical attention.