Old English Bulldog

Bulldogs, bulldogs, bulldogs

Old English Bulldog by Susan Wilander

I love all dogs, but some of them are more inspiring artwise than others. Bulldog is a breed that just begs to be made into graphics. This multicolour series of bulldogs illustrates the extraordinary form of this dog.

Old English Bulldog by Susan Wilander
Old English Bulldog by Susan Wilander
Old English Bulldog by Susan Wilander

Unfortunately, this exaggerated form is also a major drawback for the actual real-life bulldogs. The breeds with unnaturally short noses often suffer from brachycephalic syndrome, which causes severe respiratory distress. That’s why I prefer these dogs on the drawing board instead of real life. As illustrations, they are only fantasy, as they should have remained.

Bulldogs have a long history. The breed was used in bullfights in the 17th century. When the fights were forbidden, the breed was about to disappear. However, it was bred into a much less aggressive version and also a much more exaggerated form. The old bulldog is quite a different dog from the current version. But there are actually some breeders that try to transform the breed into a healthier and less exaggerated version.

"Top", a pure Bulldog, the property of C. Stockdule, Esq., Shepherd's Bush.” An Old English Bulldog, extinct dog breed. 1859.

”Top”, a pure Bulldog, the property of C. Stockdule, Esq., Shepherd’s Bush. An Old English Bulldog, extinct dog breed. 1859.

This illustration is one of the all-time favourites in my Redbubble shop. Here are some examples of what it looks like:

Magnet
Clock
Zipper pouch

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