The First Registry & Database for the White English & Brindle Bulldogs native to the U.S.
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History From a Farmer's Perspective
- Quite a few articles have been written about the White English. The OWEPS site is not a duplication of existing articles, rather, it is the source. It is real history told from the viewpoint of rural southern farmers, the overseers of the breed from immemorial times. Rural southern farmers such as my great father and the Carr family. We intend to explain some of the processes that shaped the development of the breed, developments that may be unclear to people that had no part in the entire process. The Old White English is the White Farmer's Mastiff/Farmer's white Mastiff of the United States.
“This dog is also called "Villaticia", because it's job is to guard and protect farms." Caius 1550
"Caius, gives a very appropriate name for the group when he classifies them as “Canes Rustici”, dogs of the country – country dogs. According to what these were capable of accomplishing, they were accordingly grouped, and eventually became recognizable as distinct breeds. We have already quoted Caius with regard to mastiffs of his day, and shown in connection with the smooth sheep dog and the bulldog that they were members of the family of common country dog, dogs of undoubted courage, differing in size and adaptation for the many uses to which they were put. The section of the family which we are now discussing was the largest, and Caius places it second to the shepherd's dog in the family group. As Caius tells us nothing of the alauntes and describes no dog that at all resembles what we know it to have been, we may assume that they had died out, but we must also assume that their blood had become incorporated in that of the common dog, for men in want of a large fighting dog would naturally turn to this dog to get what they wanted.” Watson 1906 - "...with the characteristic short muzzle and undershot jaw of its trade or use, which if bred out or allowed to degenerate into other types, the breed would become no longer the mastiff, as they approached nearer in type to their boarhound, bloodhound, or Alpine sheepdog ancestry; foul crosses which have been introduced to the detriment of the true type. Vast dogs long on the legs, somewhat light in bone for their size, are not in reality mastiffs, whatever their owners may think." Wynn
Common Law Copyright - 1947
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White English Database
We are proud to a announce that after years of extensive searching and the gracious cooperation of rural farmers, we have established a database of those still producing the old school farm bulldogs of the rural south. This is a private database closed to the general public. For more info click the link below.
A Breed Apart
The most extensive & informative source of information anywhere on the Old White English, Brindle Bulldog, Georgia Giant, Big Red Bulldog and the Cuban Bloodhound!
Heather Wilkins, Hawkinsville, Ga., or Ray Lane, Coldwater, MS