UCA: ENGLISH BANTAM BULLDOGGE 

  The English Bantam Bulldogge is a multi-generational small bulldog breed developed in the 1970's by the longtime recognized bulldog breeder Mr. V. Heath of Minnesota.   

The Heath family
successfully raised English Bulldogs and Olde English Bulldogges for 60 years and in the early 1970's began to develop a bulldog that possessed a smaller compact stature yet maintained the traditional "bully" characteristics and temperament qualities while breeding away from the health issues that plagued many of the modern bulldog breeds. 

  English Bantam Bulldogges are appreciated and praised for their compact solid stature, low body weight (between 20 to 40 pounds), improved health characteristics over the traditional English Bulldog and rambunctious out going personalities.  

  The
English Bantam Bulldogge is extremely rare.  Unlike many of today's so called "Mini Bulldogs" that are based on unhealthy runts or genetically inferior foundation breeding stock, the English Bantam Bulldogge has been carefully, thoughtfully and selectively bred thru years of dedication and stringent breeding practices to develop and set the breed's type while maintaining it's smaller physique.

  Only healthy exceptional examples of the original foundation bull breeds were used in the primary development of the
English Bantam Bulldogge breed.

 
English Bantam Bulldogge are active, healthy and have an outgoing character.   Most English Bantam Bulldogges posses a clownish personality and enjoy being the center of family attention.  

 Their lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.

  The United Canine Association was the first registry to recognize and record the registration of the English Bantam Bulldogge.

 

 

Breed Standard: English Bantam Bulldogge

General Impression
 The English Bantam Bulldogge is what many "Toy Bulldogs" phenotypically looked like in the early 1800’s when the Bulldog that had been used in previous centuries for bull and bear baiting had been bred down in size to a small bulldog weighing between 20lbs - 40lbs. 

 The perfect English Bantam Bulldogge should be of 
short to medium height with a square-looking head and a strong, muscular body.  The disposition should be friendly, brave, and loyal.  The temperament is to be steady and dependable.

 Males should be free breeders and females should free whelp as a rule. The English Bantam Bulldogge should not have the same breathing or activity limitations of some modern bull breeds.


 

Head
Large and square compared to the body with a nice, furrow (rope) over the nose.

Fault: Head too small in proportion to the body.

Muzzle
Broad, deep and short.  The bite is undershot.

Fault: Muzzle too long, scissor or even bite.

Eyes
Wide apart and of moderate size.  Any color is acceptable, h
owever, odd eyes (one dark, one blue or light) should be considered non preferred.  Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable. 



Nose
Wide and broad.  The nose should have nice open nostrils.  Nose all colors acceptable.
The nose should be a solid color. Lacking pigment should be considered non preferred.

Fault:  Completely pink nose (a small amount is acceptable).

Neck
Short and very muscular.

Fault:    Long or weedy appearing neck.

Chest
Well sprung (rounded) ribs with deep, wide chest.

Fault:  Too narrow in the chest.

Back
Short with a slight rise from the shoulders to the rump ideal, with a level back being acceptable.

Fault:  Excessive sway-back.


Legs
Forelegs should be wide apart and strong, neither bowed out or turned in.

Fault:  Bowed or turned out resulting in poor movement

Feet
Round and coming from strong pasterns.

 Fault: Splayed feet or being down in the pasterns.


Height
Males: 10 - 16 inches at the shoulder.  Females: 9 -15 inches at the shoulder.



Weight
Between 18 - 39 pounds.  Weight over 40 lbs. up to 45 lbs. allowed in breeding stock or pets, but will be penalized in the show ring.



Color
Any color is acceptable.  The coat should be short, glossy and stiff to the touch.



Ears

Short set high, natural or cropped.  If natural, semi-prick or rose are preferred. Prick or flat, wide ears are non preferred.  Upright ears are allowed if natural.


Tail
Should be natural, with a short screw or straight tail being preferred.



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