Our Experience with Victorians:
I have raised English Bulldogs over 14 yrs
and Victorian Bulldogs over 8 yrs. Back
over 8 yrs. ago we started researching
about the Victorians because we wanted
to breed a cross that resembled the
beloved English Bulldog but had fewer
health issues and longer lifespans. The
Victorian Bulldog breed has been crossed
& recognized for over 25 yrs.
The dams of our Victorians are Olde English Bulldogges. (not to be confused with Old English). Our dams, Olde English Bulldogges have been crossed and recognized for
over 30 yrs.
Our VICTORIAN BULLDOGS are 1st Generation
crosses of a registered Olde English Bulldogge *(see
below details about an Olde) and a registered English Bulldog. This makes them 3/4 English and 1/4 American Bulldogs.
*Olde English Bulldog is a cross of a registered English Bulldog and a registered American Bulldog. This makes
an OLDE ENGLISH BULLDOGGE that is 1/2 English
and 1/2 American.
Our Victorians are registered with United All Breed Association (UABR). There is a 4 generation pedigree or linage on the puppies registration papers. You can see their linage back 4 generations.
Most all of our Victorians have the wrinkles and the nose rolls, etc. Sometimes one or two in a litter will crop out resembling the American more instead of the English. We have found that there are some people looking for ones with 'less' wrinkles in relation to maintenance and ease of care.
General Description / Physical Appearance
Victorian Bulldogs are similar in appearance to English Bulldogs. The only difference is in size because Victorian Bulldogs can be larger. IT doesn't mean they "will" be larger but "can" be. Their head is round and sports the distinctive short flat bulldog muzzle. Because of their extra height, their legs are somewhat longer than an English Bulldog’s. They can mature to heights of 16-19 inches tall at the shoulder; whereas English Bulldogs are 12-14 inches high at the shoulder. My Victorians generally mature to weights of 45 to 65 lbs. Victorian Bulldogs have short, smooth coats which come in many colors, such as white, brindle, red brindle, fawn brindle, solid red, fawn, & pied, and occosional tri colored of black, white and tan.
Victorian Bulldog temperament is gentle, loving, loyal, playful, intelligent and courageous. Victorian Bulldogs are wonderful family dogs. The breed makes great companions for older people and young families alike. They are good with children and dogs that share their homes, but they are sometimes unfriendly with new dogs. The breed adores getting attention from people. Victorian Bulldog is an affectionate and reliable dog that thrives on human companionship Although Victorian Bulldogs are extremely gentle; they can be protective of their family. They also
can get along with other non-canine animals too. It is good to do gentle obedience training and early socialization to avoid behavioral problems.
Victorian Bulldogs are great in apartments and houses. They are not overly active so as long as they get walks, a yard is not necessary. For exercise, all the breed needs are regular walks. Even though they are not extremely active dogs, they should still get some exercise and play daily. However, environment is important to them because they cannot stand extremely hot or cold temperatures, They need to be an inside dog because of their need to be with people and their low resistance to harsh weather. They also need a family
who does not mind snoring as some of them do snore.
The short and smooth hair coat of a Victorian Bulldog requires minimal grooming. To keep their coat looking its best all it needs is to be brushed about once a week. They have an average shedding coat and need a firm bristle brush used weekly. Most importantly is to clean their face with a damp cloth regularly because dirt, food, and debris can build up in their wrinkles. There is no need to bathe your beloved doggy unless necessary. Other Victorian Bulldog grooming responsibilities include trimming toenails, brushing teeth, checking and cleaning eyes and ears.
Although the Victorian Bulldogs health issues are greatly reduced in comparison to the English Bulldog; there are still possibilities of some health issues. You could still see cherry eye, skin problems, or some hip issues like you do in the English Bulldog. My Victorians are 3/4 English and 1/4 American so the possibilities are still there. The Victorian does breathe much easier than the English and has more stamina for playing and walking. They can tolerate the heat much better than a full English. They do enjoy activity and like the outdoors too. An English says "Walk, who me... nah.. I have a nap planned on the couch" and a Victorian says "Walk, ya let's go... and can we run and play a little too?"
One of the most noticeable differences about the Victorian is their longer life span. An English is about 8 yrs on average. A Victorian Bulldog has an average life expectancy of 14+ yrs.