|Posted on May 18, 2015 at 3:05 PM|
This breed has "English" and "Bulldog" in the name, but is most definitely a different breed. However, many of the people who contact me looking to adopt an OEB are more familiar with the English Bulldog breed. They just know that they don't want the health problems that come with an EB and they want a dog that's going to live longer, or don't want to support breeding practices that create short lived, unhealthy dogs like many EB's. But many people generally don't know the true differences, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to write this piece detailing some of the development of the breed. An OEB puppy that is bred to be a standard OEB may start out pretty heavily wrinkled. Not quite as wrinkled as an English, but still, a pup that could be mistaken for an English. That is from birth to 4-5 weeks of age though. At that point, an OEB pup will most likely begin to "stretch out". They shoot up and out and start heading towards their lanky phase. Most OEB pups will have hit into their lanky/awkward phase by 12-16 weeks of age. This is the stage where many people may worry that their bulldog won't grow up to look like a bulldog at all. At that point, you have until the pup is a bit over a year old before you really start seeing the true potential for full-grown-bulldog-hood. Here are some examples from dogs I have produced.
Matty McScrubs Aiken
Matty started off as the runt of his litter, with the strangest looking ears I've ever seen...
That was Matty at 6 weeks of age.
But in this next picture, he was closer to 5-6 months of age.
You can see that his head is beginning to "eat" up some of his ears.
Next is a picture of Matty at about 8 months of age. He's still in the "lanky" phase, but starting to fill out a bit and take on more of his true shape...
Now, I'll show you two pictures of Matty at just a tad over a year old. Keep in mind that, expecially with male OEB's, their development truly isn't over until they are about 2 1/2 to 3 years of age, so in these following pictures, Matty is still just a "teenager" as far as his development is concerned.
As I get more time, I'll publish more photographs in this series showing the development of the OEB.
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