Message From David Leavitt
In the early 1970's I started breeding a dog with the looks of the Regency Period Bull Baiter. The breed was named Olde English Bulldogge (OEB), to clearly distinguish it from the modern English Bulldog. In the ensuing 34 years, people with unrelated dogs started using my breed name. Most of their dogs do not match my Standard. Today there are more of these alternative breeders than breeders of my OEB's. This situation is unique in the history of the dog world. In effect we have been absorbed by the alternative Bulldogge breeders and have become just another of many OEB's. I see continued fighting over this name as a waste of time. It is a battle that can't be won and the confusion will just continue. My solution is to rename the Breed what people are already calling it; Leavitt Bulldog.
The LBA (Leavitt Bulldog Assoc.) formed to support breeders who agree with the name change and who share my original vision of recreating the Bulldog of 1820. The LBA is committed to improving the Leavitt Bulldog. We feel strongly that only the best examples should be bred and require that all breeding stock submit hip x-rays for approval before breeding. Please notice our various levels of registration. They were adopted in an effort to assure quality off spring. LB’s must be healthy, match the Standard, and have good temperaments.
The LBA president, Chris Blatcher and vice president Marie Mergenthatler have stepped up and are working in the dogs’ behalf. I thank them for their help and I thank you for your interest.
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