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    Hi everybody,

    I don't know if I am in the right place for this, since it is a pure English Bulldog forum, but I 'll try.

    I live in Greece, owner of a French Bulldog and an English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. My Frenchie is the third one now (all from serious breeders) - I love these creatures and I love bulldogs, but I wanna search if there is serious possibility of healthier bulldog types. I am reading about Olde English Bulldogs, Old English, Continental, Victorian etc. but I am confused.

    Does anyone have experience or did some research on this?

    I don't care about shows, my one and only concern is a healthy and athletic bulldog.

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    If you are looking for a healthier and more athletic bulldog breed, the olde English Bulldog is your best bet. They are bred to have a more proportioned body to minimize joint issues, and help with athleticism. They also have a longer snout so they are not prone to breathing problems like those with English and French Bulldogs.
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    I'm not sure if they've reached Greece yet.. the Amitola English Bulldog line is bred from pure English Bulldogs using selective breeding for healthier features - longer nose, smaller chest, wider hips. You get the temperament of the English Bulldog in a healthier body.

    My dog Angus is an Amitola.
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    Thank you @KrysA724 and @anatess

    There are no Amitolas in Greece, nor Olde's or any other alternative type. We have only the standard English Bulldog in Greece (god bless FCI), so I will look in Europe anyway for a breeder when I choose the Bulldog type.

    At the moment I m trying to find out the differences and Pros and Cons of each type.

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    I have a standard English Bulldog who just happens to have quite the athletic build and no health issues at this time and he is 3 years old. If you go with a reputable breeder that does health testing and is breeding to better the breed and not just for money, you should get a "healthy" dog. Not saying issues can't happen but that goes with any breed.

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    The true charm of a Bulldog(English Bulldog) is in its...charm. It’s not to be duplicated by any other breed. No two Bulldogs are alike but they all share something unique to the breed. After 1000+ rescues and 15 of my own I still can’t put my finger on what that “something” is...but it is something.
    Why settle for something that is less than the original?

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    I have Jake an EB n Nyala my brindle is a Bantam Bulldogge. They’ve been around since 1800 which are hard to find but they’re there. It was a fluke I find her. I will have to admit there is NO breathing issues like the EB, their nose a just a tad longer, smaller face n crown. Nyala’s going to be 5 in a few weeks n knock on wood, zero issues! Like @oscarmayer mentioned, EB has that “something” we can’t put our finger on but I will to admit, Nyala does have that “something”. I had a previous EB n to date, I personally find I don’t see any difference. Here’s a couple photos for nose size n body size. Now some bantams are a bit tall than original size like Nyala.... At the end of the day, so long they are happy n healthy dogs. That’s all we want...

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    I agree on the unique charm of the bulldogs in general - I adore and own frenchies the last 16 years. Because I love them, I wish they could function as they did when they appeared. Fact is that no standard bulldog can live as normal proportioned dogs - even if they are coming from a top breeder, once they follow the FCI and showdog standards. Ι used to run to shows with great judgements with my my two last FBs, but the last years I changed perspective.

    I see you have a lot of alternative types and when searching, they appear only in the US.
    Do you know if there is a club or something for all these types or does any breeder go its own way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vrmode View Post
    I agree on the unique charm of the bulldogs in general - I adore and own frenchies the last 16 years. Because I love them, I wish they could function as they did when they appeared. Fact is that no standard bulldog can live as normal proportioned dogs - even if they are coming from a top breeder, once they follow the FCI and showdog standards. Ι used to run to shows with great judgements with my my two last FBs, but the last years I changed perspective.

    I see you have a lot of alternative types and when searching, they appear only in the US.
    Do you know if there is a club or something for all these types or does any breeder go its own way?
    Victorian bulldog is a great alternative... looks Nd personality are similar, they are taller and have longer snout


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