Renaissance Bulldog.

Renaissance Bulldog.


The Classic  Bulldog breed standard is a detailed written description of the perfect bully “type” or “flawless” bully Classic  Bulldog. By out crossing the biggest Olde and Victorian Bulldogges into our Classic American Bulldogs, they will stay true to the Renaissance style Bulldog. That’s a bigger style bulldog than a standard Olde ; we use very bully AB females, bred to an extra-large Olde and Victorian Style males to produce our more southern style bulldogs. Healthy bulldogs breed to work, protect and are extremely loyal to their master.

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A well written, detailed breed standard is a very effective tool that can be used to assists Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog breeders in the selection process and evaluation of  Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog that are being considered for a structured breeding program or as a possible conformation show participant.

The Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog breed standard should always be used as a written guide and reference to current and future Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog breeders.  Breeders are striving for the old first generation Johnson AB lines, like Mean Machine and King Kong .We strive to keep bully dogs that keep the look of the old time American Bulldogs of a 100 years ago. Our lines will be referred to as the Olde Time Lines or Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldogs. We breed for the classic bully look .

It is important that Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog breeders understand and use the Classic  RENAISSANCE Bulldog breed standard, as the offspring they produce will have an impact on the Classic RENAISSANCEBulldog breed in the future for many generations.

The goal of all reputable Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog breeders is to achieve perfection as far as correct breed type, health and temperament.


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Classic  Breed Standard

      General Description: The ideal Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldogs is a medium to large size dog that is a loyal and a courageous athlete.


     The Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog should possess a sound temperament and has great strength, agility and confidence.

The Classic RENAISSANCE Bulldog's expression should reflect intelligence and alertness. Its sturdy, powerful, yet compact frame is characteristically stockier and heavier boned in the males and more refined in the females. Some aloofness with strangers and assertiveness with other dogs is accepted.

Head: The head is large and bully giving the impression of the old time bulldogs.

When viewed from the side, the skull and muzzle are parallel to one another and joined by a well-defined stop. The stop is very deep and abrupt, almost at a right angle with the muzzle. Despite the depth of the stop, the forehead is wider than it is high.IMAeG0022

Ears: The ears should be medium in size, high set, and may be drop, semi-prick, or rose, with no preference. Cropped ears are a cosmetic fault, due to the fact that they have been cosmetically altered and cannot be judged in their natural state.

 Drop ears - The ears are set high, level with the upper line of the skull, accentuating the skull's width. At the base, the ear is just slightly raised in front and then hangs along the cheek. The tip is slightly rounded. When pulled toward the eye, the ear should not extend past the outside corner of the eye.

Semi-prick ears - Same as drop ears except that only the tips of the ears drop forward. Rose ears - Rose ears are small and set high on the skull. Fault: Hound ears.

Muzzle: The muzzle is broad and thick with a very slight taper from the stop to the nose. The length of the muzzle is equal to approximately one third of the length of the head. Lips are moderately thick.

Bite: The American Bulldog has a complete set of large, evenly spaced, white teeth. The preferred bite is undershot with the inside of the lower incisors extending in front of the upper incisors up to ¼ inch. A scissors bite is acceptable. The teeth should not be visible when the mouth is closed Eyes: The eyes should be round or almond in shape, medium size, and wide set. Dark brown is preferred, other colors are accepted.  


Black eye rim pigment is preferred, yet other colors are accetablet.           Fault: Visible haw. Disqualifying Fault: Crossed and/or nonsymmetrical eyes. Nose: Broad with open nostrils (nares) with no sign of air restriction. Neck: The neck must be long enough to exert leverage, but short enough to exert power. The neck is muscular and, at its widest point, is nearly as broad as the head, with a slight arch at the crest, and tapering slightly from shoulders to the head. A slight dewlap is acceptable. Faults: Neck too short and thick; thin or weak neck.  Chest : The chest is deep and moderately wide. The ribs are well sprung from the spine and then flatten to form a deep body extending at least to the elbows, or lower in adult dogs. Back: The topline inclines very slightly downward from well-developed withers to a broad, muscular back. The loin is short, broad, and slightly arched, blending into a moderately sloping croup. The flank is moderately tucked up and firm. Faults: Swayback; sloping topline. Shoulders: Shoulders should be well laid back with significant angulations to allow for good movement. Straight shoulders are a fault. Legs: Front - The front legs should be straight with moderate to heavy bone. Pasterns should be strong and upright. Weak pasterns are a major fault. Elbows that are bowed or twisted are a fault from minor to a disqualification, based on severity. Rear - The rear legs should be well muscled, moderately angulated and parallel. Pasterns should be strong and upright. Weak pasterns are a major fault. Cow hocked is a fault from minor to a disqualification, based on the severity. 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: Desirable height in a mature male ranges from 18 to 23 inches; in a mature female, from 17 to 22 inches.       Weight: Males are typically larger with heavier bone and more muscle than females. Both sexes, however, should have a well-balanced overall appearance, yet maintain the bulldog look. Preferred weight in mature male ranges from 75 to 105 pounds; in a mature female, from 60 to 90 pounds. Color: Any color, color pattern, or combination of colors is acceptable including solid black, solid blue, and tricolor (white with patches of black and tan) except for merle. Dogs are not to be judged on color

Coat : 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 : The breed should have a natural or a docked tail, but the natural tail is preferred. The natural tail is very thick at the base, and tapers to a point. A "pump handle" tail is preferred but any tail carriage from upright, when the dog is excited, to relax between the hocks is acceptable. The pump handle tail should be carried low and not over the back of the dog. Serious fault: Tail curled over the back; corkscrew tail; upright tail when the dog is relaxed. The tail helps the dog ballance during working and stays true to the Olde Bulldog standard. Which recommends that tail not be docked.

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

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