Sullivan Bulldogge Kennels


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Kelly playing with the boys!


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Willie showing Derby Blue at a show on the coast!


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Kayden and Bullvine!


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Willie with Derby Blue and his brother, owned by Kenneth Jernigan, now deceased!


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Sullivans' Little Judge at a show, placed 1st in class and won Best of breed


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Kimberly showing Kero in a show on the coast!


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Two boys out of Cowbelle and Durby

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Our Famous Doby Blue!

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Geenie and Derby Males

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Bullvine and Kayden

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kylie and bully!

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The one who founded it all.

RIP Judge!

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Oby and Kelly!

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Another Picture of our Beloved, Doby Blue!

RIP Olde Buddy!

 

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Sullivans' Busk Blueberry


Continental Kennel Club Outstanding
Breeder Merit Award


Mr. Willie Sullivan Breeder of Olde English Bulldogges

"It's all about the dog!"

Every once in a while the Continental Kennel Club happens to run across an individual whose dedication, hard work and sheer love for a breed is well deserving of a measure of praise and good merit. For this, the Outstanding Breeder Merit Award is given with great pleasure and eagerness to Mr. Willie Sullivan of Sullivan Kennels, located in Taylorsville, Mississippi.

Willie is considered by CKC to be one of the most credible breeders of the Olde English Bulldogge breed. He has voluntarily put in over 30 years of dedication to preserving, caring for, improving and educating others on this admirable breed. Willie received his first dog when he was just six years old. When asked what made him decide to breed the Olde English Bulldogges, his reply was simple, yet sincere, "I breed them because I love the dogs." It is his constructive attitude towards the breed that has allowed him the consideration needed for improving the Oldes'. His personal goals and standards for breeding derive from his extended experience with the breed. He has developed his own rules and system for breeding, with the health and well being of the dogs being the single most important factor. This starts with the selection of the parent dogs. His standards for selecting a dog are simple, yet key. Loyalty, watchfulness and willingness to please him are the main factors a dog must comprise of in order to be considered by him. These are the building blocks for a sound and healthy puppy. Education of the breed and their habits to prospective owners is a major element that will help to create not only a healthy pet, but also a healthy pet and owner relationship.

A common mistake with most breeders is that they believe once a puppy or dog has been placed with a family, that their duty is fulfilled. Taking the time to screen and question the prospective owners is another step that Willie takes to ensure the health and well being of a puppy or dog once it has left his care. He also takes the time once a year to follow up with the new owners to check the status of both the dog and the owner. Willie is always willing to take the time to eagerly share his knowledgeable opinions and ideas with anyone who needs information on breeding, selecting a dog, dog health or on dogs in general. It is not only his distinguished methods of breeding, but also his helpfulness to others that makes Willie Sullivan an outstanding breeder and a deserving recipient of this honor. The Continental Kennel Club gives a sincere thank you to Mr. Sullivan for his dedication and care for the breed. Dogs From Sullivan Kennels

IOEBA Olde English Bulldogge History

The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700.  These were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog.  They were bred to participate in blood sports like bull baiting.  This so called sport, became quite popular in England through out the middle of the 18th Century.  Bull baiting primarily consisted of staking out a bull and allowing several Bulldogges to attack it.  A dog of great courage and agility was needed for bull baiting. This dog was of medium size; larger dogs were considered to be the result of mastiff crosses.

Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogges main purpose of existence vanished.  Within a decade the numbers of bulldogs declined drastically almost to extinction.  Dog show fanciers eventually decided to reconstruct the breed, but wanted to tone down the aggressive temperament of the original Olde English Bulldogge.  They crossed the remnants of the existing stock with the pug and over the years that followed they developed the modern English Bulldog.  Unfortunately though, this modern dog is wrought with all kinds of genetic health problems.

The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Olde Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th century. Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal.  The foundation of most of today's Olde English Bulldogges can be traced to English Bulldog, American Bulldog, APBT and Mastiff.

These dogs  were used very selectively in various combinations to obtain the desired physical and mental traits of the original Olde English Bulldogge.  The result has been a good looking Bulldogge of great athletic ability that is much healthier and physically fit without most or all of the problems that plague today's modern English Bulldogs.  The goal of all Olde English Bulldogge breeders should be to produce genetically healthier Bulldogges that are free breathers, free breeders, and free whelpers.


The IOEBA's detailed breed standard is the best guide as to what the perfect Olde English Bulldogge should look like according to the International Olde English Bulldogge Association.  It is recommended that it be used by today's Olde breeders in an effort to maintain the high standards that the breeders of the past and the IOEBA have set fourth.

Olde English Bulldogge

General Description : The ideal Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal, courageous dog of medium size with a large powerful head and stout muscular body.

Olde English Bulldogges are athletic and most importantly of very good health, males are free breeders and females are free whelpers.  The Olde English Bulldogge is devoid of all breathing issues and is capable of enjoying outdoor activity without concern except in extreme heat or cold.

The temperament is very stable and trustworthy making them a loyal companion, capable protector and the ultimate family member.

Old English Bulldogges thrive on pleasing their owners and are very trainable.

Their lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.

Head : Large and high, moderately sunken between the eyes (medial furrow). 
The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog's height at the shoulder.  A narrow head or one that appears too small for the body is a fault.


Ears :
Rose ears set well on the sides of the head are preferred.  Dropped ears are acceptable as long they are small, not “hound like”.  Full pricked ears that stand up on top of the head should be considered a serious fault.


Muzzle :
Broad, deep and short with moderate wrinkling. The bite is undershot with the bottom jaw turning up noticeably. Lower canines should not protrude. Muzzle too long (more than 3 inches), scissor bite or even bite are disqualifying faults.  Muzzle should be no shorter than 1 ½”.  Wry jaw is a disqualifying fault.

Eyes :
Wide apart and of moderate size.  Any color is acceptable. However, odd eyes (one dark, one blue or light) should be considered unpreferred.  Misshapen or bugged eyes are a serious fault.  Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable.  Crossed eyes or non-symmetrically shaped eyes are a disqualifying fault. 

Nose :
Broad with open nostrils (nares) with no sign of air restriction.  The nose should not be pushed up between the eyes. From the stop to the end of the nose must be at least one and one half inches. The nose should be a solid color. Lacking pigment is a serious fault. A nose lacking all pigment is a disqualifying fault.


Neck
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Short to medium in length and very muscular flowing into the shoulders and should not be set on the dog so it appears to stop at the shoulders.

Chest :
Ribs should be well sprung (rounded) and the chest wide and deep.
Depth of chest should be at least to the elbows.  
A hollow or narrow chest (slab sided) should be considered a serious fault.


Back : Males should appear square and balanced.  Females should appear similar with consideration given for body length. Short with a very slight rise from the shoulders to a slight drop in the croup is preferred. A level back is acceptable as long as the tail does not come straight off the top of the back.

Shoulders : Shoulders should be well laid back with significant angulations to allow for good movement. Straight shoulders are a fault.

Legs :
Forelegs should be straight and wide apart, neither bowing out nor turning in. There should be significant bone substance.  Elbows should be relatively close to the body.  Lacking bone and substance is very undesirable.  Elbows that are loose or “fiddle fronts” are a disqualifying fault. “East / West” forelegs are a serious fault.

Rear legs should exhibit significant bend of stifle so to allow for good movement. 
They should be well muscled.  Straight or “posty” rear legs are a serious fault.
Cow hocks are a disqualifying fault.

Movement : Dogs should have a balanced gait that drives off the rear and is complimented by reach allowing the dog to cover ground with a sense of power.
Dogs should single track. Pacing or crabbing is a serious fault.


Feet :
Round, tight both front and rear, and the pasterns should be strong.
Weak  pasterns and/or splayed feet are disqualifying faults. 

Height :
Males - 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder.  Females - 17 to 19 inches at the shoulder.

Weight : Between 50 to 70 lbs. for females and 65 to 85 lbs. for males.  Although height and weight above the standard is to be discouraged, there is no penalty as
long as the dog is well proportioned, otherwise correct and balanced.

Color :
Any color, except merle, is acceptable with no preference for one over another.  The coat is short.  A wavy coat or a long coat is a disqualifying fault.  There should be no signs of feathering on the legs or neck area, also a disqualifying fault.

Tail : A pump handle tail that naturally reaches the hock is preferred, screwed short
or a docked tails are acceptable.  The pump handle tail should be carried low and not over the back of the dog.

Temperament : Disposition should be outgoing and happy.  While a watchful nature may be expected at home, human aggression without provocation is a disqualifying fault.

General Description : The ideal Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal, courageous dog of medium size with a large powerful head and stout muscular body.

Olde English Bulldogges are athletic and most importantly of very good health, males are free breeders and females are free whelpers.

The Olde English Bulldogge is devoid of all breathing issues and is capable of enjoying outdoor activity without concern except in extreme heat or cold.

The temperament is very stable and trustworthy making them a loyal companion, capable protector and the ultimate family member.

Olde English Bulldogges thrive on pleasing their owners and are very trainable.

Their lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.

Head : Large and high, moderately sunken between the eyes (medial furrow). 
The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog's height at the shoulder.  A narrow head or one that appears too small for the body is a fault.


Ears : Rose ears set well on the sides of the head are preferred.  Dropped ears are acceptable as long they are small, not “hound like”.  Full pricked ears that stand up on top of the head should be considered a serious fault.


Muzzle :  Broad, deep and short with moderate wrinkling. The bite is undershot with the bottom jaw turning up noticeably. Lower canines should not protrude. Muzzle too long (more than 3 inches), scissor bite or even bite are disqualifying faults.  Muzzle should be no shorter than 1 ½”.  Wry jaw is a disqualifying fault.

Eyes : Wide apart and of moderate size.  Any color is acceptable. However, odd eyes (one dark, one blue or light) should be considered non preferred.  Misshapen or bugged eyes are a serious fault.  Lacking pigment around the eyes is undesirable.  Crossed eyes or non-symmetrically shaped eyes are a disqualifying fault.