I have great respect for Steve's opinion and his accomplishments with his dog's speak for themself, but I disagree with some of his conclusions. No big deal, maybe he's right and I'm wrong, everyone is intitled to their own opinion.
First off I think that he is absolutely right about these dog's being very loosely bred here in the U.S.A. but it is undeniable that in England from the mid 1500's to 1700's at least there was a breed of dog called a Bulldog. There are old portraits from that time period that show pictures of them. Some were different colors but the majority were white or mostly white. So there were Bulldogs back then and I think it's only logical to conclude that some of them made it over here along with the people. Are they the same dog now? Obviously not. Who know's what all got mixed in but the American dog's got bigger and were alot less agrressive than the origanal dog's from England.
Now there are a bunch of stories of old people down south talking about bulldog's, whether they called them White English, Mountain Bull's, Old Southern White's or whatever, the descriptions are very much alike and that's the important thing, their white or mostly white. So when something else did get mixed in it seems that when they had the chance they would breed back to the white because that's the kind they wanted and the white would reassert itself. Just look at the old pictures, the dog's have'nt changed hardly at all. The white bulldog genes must be very dominant for it to keep coming back. The old accounts say that the Germans imported Bulldog's from England when they were creating the Boxer and to this day you still get a white one every once in a while.
I think the sticking point is that as Steve say's since the 70's people have been adding all kinds of stuff and less and less people use the dog's like they used to. Also since most people are'nt breeders they don't know how to line breed and emphasise the original traits, or at least elimanate incorrect or bad ones.
Sorry if I rambled on and I'm sure I did'nt adress everything but those are some of my thoughts.
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