WHY ARE WE SO COLOUR CONSCIOUS?
There seems to be a general misconception that breeders of show Bulldogs are somehow elitist.
That could not be further from the truth.
The people who breed and show Bulldogs come from all walks of life, with just one common fac-tor, a deep, sincere love of the Bulldog breed.
When they breed a litter of puppies they are always trying to improve: improve the health of the Bulldog and also improve the cosmetic appearance of the Bulldog, whilst retaining the wonderful Bulldog temperament.
A show person hopes that every one of the puppies he breeds will be good enough to be a Champion and that is why the puppies are bred to the Bulldog Breed Standard (this can be found on the Breed Council Website: www.bulldogbreedcouncil.co.uk).
The Bulldog Breed Standard is extremely important. It is the blueprint for the breed. It was written in 1860 after the Bulldog had been transitioned from a very fierce fighting/baiting dog and remains pretty well intact. Over the decades some changes have taken place to update the wording and remove exaggerations. The one thing that has not changed at all is the colour.
The puppies are proudly registered with the Kennel Club, stating the colour.
Yes. Colour. The Breed Standard states:
Whole or smut, (i.e. whole colour with black mask or muzzle). Only whole colours (which should be brilliant and pure of their sort) viz., brindles, reds with their various shades, fawns, fallows etc., white and pied (i.e. combination of white with any of the foregoing colours). Dud-ley, black and black with tan highly undesirable.
Between 1830 when bull and bear baiting became prohibited and 1860 when the Standard was written, the dogs which were Black, Black with Tan and Dudley (liver coloured nose) were found to be the most aggressive. As the dogs were now being bred as companion animals or pets, this trait was extremely undesirable, and it remains so to this day.