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English Bulldogs Conquer America

Old English Bulldogs

Importation of English bulldog in the Americas began long before the advent of bulldogs in Europe — in the 16 th century. Bulldogs first settled and spread on the territory of modern Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

In the first half of the 18th century saw an increase in immigrants from England to the United States. The Bulldogs have become a real versatile working tool, which was used as the guard and hunter. The genetic material of the future American Bulldog breed was formed on the basis of English bulldog.

The English Bulldog

The Breed of the American Bulldog became interested researchers only in the 20th century, through the merits of dog handler John D. Johnson. Researchers claim that the Old English Bulldog is a direct ancestor of the American Bulldog, since they have great similarity in the exterior, character and habits.

The American Bulldog was presented among the dog handlers only in the 80s of the 20th century , and in 1999 he was recognized as a breed of dog in the United Kennel Club (UKC). Despite this American Bulldog was not recognized by the International Canine Federation (FCI).

Breeding and promotion of English bulldog in the U.S. carried out very intensively , the Americans developed their standard of the English bulldog. A first true English bulldog that ticked U.S. territory became a five-year brindle white male Donald (presented to the public at an exhibition in New York City in 1880 by its owner, Sir William Werner).

True English Bulldog

For a long time breeding bulldogs in America is rather simple: from the UK to the US delivered the true English Bulldogs, they mingled with each other, sometimes to produce offspring. The purpose of this was the desire of endless victories in numerous exhibitions and competitions in the US cities.

Over time, the bulldog acquired the status of the most elite dog in NYC. Politicians and public figures may seek approval from the masses, demonstrating their commitment to this breed of dogs. English Bulldog by the end of the 19th century takes the strongest position on the numerous exhibitions and tournaments of dogs.

Helen, thanks for the bulldog!