What is a White English Bulldog??? (A.K.A. Old Southern Whites)
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The “White English Bulldog” an interpretation:
After researching the White English Bulldog I have concluded several things. The dogs seem to vary in shape and size from region to region in south Georgia and north Florida. The WEB can even have strains as particular as to one family and there needs. These strains may date back 100 plus years. This is why the W.E. you remember from your grandfathers farm may differ from the recollections of someone else. This is not to say that any one strain is better or worse, it would all depend on context. The direction I have decided to go is to take the best cross-section and the best representatives of the breed and start a documented breeding program. There are several other breeders breeding W.E. at this time, I’ve found that their dogs vary from 85 – 130 lb’s. I’ve also found the temperaments of the dogs to range from extremely docile with a very little prey drive, to a little aggressive with a much higher prey drive. Speaking with each breeder they all claim to have the true WEB. I agree with them whole heartedly. They do have the true WEB as it may have been in their area for as long as they can remember. My intention is not to debate what the true WEB means to you and how you remember the dog, you’re probably correct. The history of the dog has been well documented in stories told by farmers for generations. I enjoy listening to the stories of courage and devotion of the WE, but my concern is with the future of the WEB. More info click below....
What happened to the WEB:
For years the WEB has been used as an out-cross for dog breeds as well as foundations for others. In doing so we have bred the WE into near extinction. In addition to the WE being crossed out, obtaining a WE from a farmer has been historically a nearly impossible task. The farmers did not breed the WE for the public, they bred mostly for close friends and family; when they bred. Another one of the major factors is, the confusion that the American Bulldog is the same as the WE. I have seen many perfect WE registered as a AB and being bred as a AB.
Why Are White English Bulldogs not always all white:
The original White English were bred to be mostly all white. A all white dog is much easier to see in deep underbrush and at night. Also, the plantation owner were a little misdirected in the belief that a white dog would be more intelligent than dogs of color. The issues with these breeding practices are the hazards of genetic flaws in the dog. Breeding an all white dog to a all white dog over and over you run the risk of a genetic break down in the dogs. Dogs with pink eye rims would be a representation in the start of this process. There is also the problem with deafness in generations of white to white breedings. To help with this a dog with some color should be bred into a line every so often. As a breeder, now having the knowledge of this, I have a responsibility to try and keep from perpetuating health issues just for a color. Yes, I’m still partial to the all white dogs but I'm more partial to healthy ones.