Proud Maine Breeder of the Olde English Bulldogge and the French Bulldog
Olde English Bulldogges were created to try to eliminate some of the more serious the health issues that have plagued the English Bulldog for years. While greatly improved, they have not entirely escaped all of these health concerns. If you are considering adding an OEB to your family it is important that you research the breed and understand some of the health problems that they can be prone to.
Eye Entropian- This is a condition where the eyelid rolls inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea (surface of the eyeball). It can happen in any dog breed, but tends to be more prevalent in the breeds with wrinkly faces. Some puppies will outgrow the condition. There are eye ointments that can be used to make the eyes feel more comfortable. If they do not outgrow it, surgical correction is usually successful and can be performed early on.
Obesity- It is important to keep your OEB at a healthy weight. Extra weight can create or worsen joint problems. Most OEB’s have never met a food they didn’t like, and they are expert beggars!
Breathing Issues- Usually due to an elongated soft palate and/or constricted nares. These issues can also cause significant snoring.
Heat Intolerance- It is very important that you not let your bulldogge become overheated. OEB's can usually handle heat better than English bulldogs, but all brachycephalic breeds (Breeds with pushed in faces) are prone to becoming easily over heated. Brachycephalic dogs suffer from a condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome, or BAS for short. BAS causes a dog's breathing to be inefficient, meaning they are unable to cool themselves down properly. This places them at risk for developing heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
Flatulence- Because of their flat faces they tend to take in, and swallow excess air while eating. What goes in, must come out somewhere!
It is also important to note that because of the OEB's undershot jaw, an under-bite where all, or some of the bottom front teeth are showing can sometimes occur It is not something that can be predicted when puppies are only 8-10 weeks old.
French Bulldog History!
Worth the time to read.
Lots of good information here.