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Official & original standard



CATEGORY: brachycephalic molossoid 

UTILIZATION: Companion, sporting


SIZE: Medium  (females 36-40 cm, males 38-42 cm)

ORIGIN: Switzerland / Europe 


(Breed abbreviations, check INFO "Inscriptions"



LATEST UPDATE:  30.11.2019

The goals and purposes of the New English Bulldog standard that has been created in 2013 is to furnish guidelines for breeders and judges who wish to promote to the New English Bulldog. The standard also includes the different already existing lines of stockier Bulldogs registered under OEB F1/2/3 out of OEB x EB crosses, much smaller & stockier than an OEB, The different breeds of bulkier and smaller Bulldogs made exclusively out of OEB x EB, like the Modern English Bulldog, Pacific Bulldog, Modern Day Bulldog, New Age Bulldog & some shorter Old Tyme Bulldog can registered under New English Bulldog, as today most the OEB lines are registered just as Old English Bullodg.  The original line will always be inscribed as variety. If somebody ask you if your OEB is an EB, then it's probably a New English Bulldog. If you like that type of Bulldogs, you should register and confirm your dog as New English Bulldog because a New English Bulldog will not earn any Champion title in the OEB ring as he has a unique totally different standard.


Not to be confused with the Old English Bulldog that is the recreation of the working class Bulldogs from the old times. The New English Bulldog is an alternative English Bulldog, not an alternative Old English Bulldog or just another OEB line. It's a breed between the Old English Bulldog and the today's English Bulldog, a breed on itself. Breeders should never forget to select for health and sporting ability.


Under  construction ...


The ideal New English Bulldog is a medium sized short-haired dog. with a stocky and very muscular body while still having an athletic appearance. He looks a bit like an English Bulldog but nevertheless has his own very specific type of breed. What stands out at first sight is his large and powerful head. Females are just slightly smaller and a bit less massive than males. 

FAULTS: Muzzle too long, head too small or narrow or lacking type, too large drop ears, pricked ears, Back too long, Lack of bone, narrow chest, too much OEB or EB type. Too large or too small in size, lack of pigment and any fault that spoils the general harmony.


Loving, playful, sporty, outgoing and loyal, easily trainable and eager to please. The New English Bulldog should be sociable with other dogs.


FAULTS A dog who appears hyperactive in the ring, nervous 

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS: overly shy or aggressive. Human aggression  


a) Shape  & Proportions 

The head is brachycephalic, square and broad, the height of the head is equal to the width, The skull is very large in circumference and large in proportion to the body, larger than the OEB head in proportion to his body. 

b) Front view

The forehead is wide and flat with possible typical expression wrinkles.The ears are set wide apart on the sides of the skull and high, a vertical line can be drawn from the inner base of the ear to the outside corner of the eye. The eyes are set deep down on the skull and wide apart. A median furrow between the eyes extends to the forehead. Cheeks are prominent. Under the chin, some loose, thick and wrinkled skin about throat, forming slight dewlap on each side.

c) Profile view 


the head is short nosed and is high from the lower jaws to the apex. The head appears roundish when the mouth is open due to the short nose and the nose wrinkle.

d) Top view 


The skull is wide and broad with a strongly muscular forehead, well developed brow ridge bones forming the breed typical median furrow (about 1,5-2 cm deep) that diminishes in depth from the stop to the occiput. From this view it is clearly visible that the nose length is about 1/4 of the skull length, measured from the occiput to the tip of the nose. 


FAULTS A head that appear to small or narrow, or lack of head type. Any other deviation from the standard.



a) Setting: The ears are set wide apart on the sides of the skull, the top line of the ears is set slightly higher as the upper skull line, slightly higher as in the English Bulldog.


b) Type: Small rose ears are the ideal ears. Small button ears are acceptable. Semi-prick ears are acceptable but not preferred.

c) Size: Small to medium

FAUTLS: Asymetric ears, set too high or too large in size  

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS large drop ears and hound ears, fully pricked ears, cropped ears, unilateral or bilateral deafness.


The forehead is broad, square and high with prominent muscles forming a furrow in the middle of the forehead. Muscle extend from the middle of the forehead to above the temples. Possible expression wrinkles on the forehead.


There is a deep median furrow present between the eyes. About 1-1,5 cm deep.


The stop is well defined in the middle of the eyes  but covered by a nose wrinkle "roll". The stop should be measured from the median furrow in the middle of the eyes, not from the the eye bridges.

FAUTLS Shallow stop 

10 EYE BRIDGE Well defined 




a) Setting : They eyes are set wide apart and low down in the skull in the same line as the median furrow, well away from ears. 


b) Shape:  Round in shape.


c) Size: Moderate size.


d) Colors: All colors are equally accepted including odd eyes (heterochromia) or bi-color iris or "Husky blue" eyes for merle gene dogs. 

FAULTS Odd eyes (for non merle dogs)

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS  eyes set to narrow, bulging eyes, strabismus, asymetric eyes, cherry eye, albinism red eyes, congenital blindness.


The eye rims upper and lower should be tight around the eye with no looseness with good pigment. Any color is accepted: black, grey, chocolate.

FAULTS Lack of pigment, tendency to entropion or ectropion, surgically corrected eye rims, haw (conjonctive tissues) showing,

DISQUALIFYING FAUTLS Haw showing severely "droopy St Bernard eyes". 


Cheek are prominent due to the strong development of muscles, well rounded and extended sideways beyond the eyes from under the temples. They are moderately wrinkled. They are usually more wrinkled when "smiling" mouth open.


a) Shape: The muzzle is square and broad with a nose wrinkle "roll" on his base that should not cover the nose. There are 2 distinct folds starting under the inner corner of the eyes extending on the base of muzzle to the corners of the lips.

b) Proportions: The length of the muzzle is about 1/4 from the total length of the skull measured from the occiput to the tip of the nose. A slightly shorter or longer muzzle is acceptable if still in harmony with the head. 


The length of the muzzle should be measured from the median furrow in the middle of the eyes to the tip of the nose, not from the eye brows ridge bones that  are about 1,5-2 cm further forward. 

c) Muzze topline: The muzzle line is covered by a muzzle wrinkle "roll"

d) Chin line: Slightly turned up. The tip of the chin is further ahead than the nose forming the chin point. 

FAULTS A muzzle too short is a fault. A muzzle too long is a severe fault. Exaggerated nose wrinkle "roll", covering entirely the nose, no nose wrinkle.

DISQUALIFYING FAUTLS A muzzle too long about 1/3 of the skull length, a narrow muzzle, a snipey muzzle. 

15 LIPS 

The lips are semi-pendulous with good pigmentation: black, blue, chocolate, liver, red.

FAULTS Pendulous lips, tight lips, lack of pigment.

16 NOSE 

The nose is of medium size and backward to the chin with a backwards inclined angle. The nostrils are large and wide open to allow good breathing, the nose has a straight well defined vertical line between. All colors are accepted: black, blue, chocolate, liver, red nose. 

FAULTS A butterfly nose (unpigmented spots), pinched nostrils, any sign of respiratory distress. A nose wrinkle "roll" covering entirely the nose is a severe fault. 

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS severly pinched nares and severe respiratory distress (from the nares or soft palate) A dudley nose (entirely pigmentless).


The lower jaw is well developed wide and deep, slightly turned up and set straight.


FAULTS Offset jaws or slightly wry jaws





The bite is undershot, about 1,5 - 2 cm is ideal, 1 cm is acceptable, 2,5 cm is too much and need to be compensated in breeding, equally when undershot is not enough.


FAULTS Too much undershoot, over 2 cm, lower incisive visible when mouth closed,

DISQUALIFYING FAUTLS  level bite, scissors bite, overshot, or inverted scissors bite, undershot over 3 cm




Full set of 22 white and strong teeth on the lover maxillary, 20 on the upper maxillary. 6 incisors are set in a straight row between the 2 canines set wide apart, behind the canines are the premolars 4 on each side at the lower and upper maxillary, followed by 3 molars each side on the lower maxillary and 2 molars  each side on the upper maxillary.


Crooked teeth, missing teeth, supernumerary teeth. 

NOTE: Broken tooth are not penalized in a show ring or for confirmation. For extracted teeth, the owner must provide a vet certificate to avoid to have them judged missing.


More than 4 missing teeth.

20 NECK 

The neck is moderate in length and nearly wide as the head, well-arched at back and should not be set on the dog so it appears to stop at the shoulders. Some loose, thick and wrinkled skin about throat, forming slight dewlap on each side.



At thorat a fanon that is too pronounced (too much loose skin)  is a fault, a neck too long or too short or a narrow neck lacking muscles. 


21 THORAT  Dewlap

Some loose, thick and wrinkled skin about throat, forming a slight dewlap on each side is visible behind the chin. 

FAULTS Too much loose skin or no dewlap 


23 MUSCLES The muscles are naturally well developed all over the body and apparent. Conditioning must be good with no tendency to obesity nor thinness. 



24 CHEST: Wide, prominent and deep. You should be able to imagine a perfect square, line drawn from inner of the feet to corner to corner of the armpits, 100% in height x 100 % in width, like in the English Bulldog. 

FAULTS Narrow chest, not deep enough.


25 BACK: The body appear square with a short back (cobby) in males and females about 100% in height, x 100%-120% in length. Height measured from the withers to ground, and length from the point of the shoulders to the buttocks. 

FAULTS A body too long is a serious fault.

26 TOPLINE The ideal topline is slightly rising from the croup to the withers, a straight topline is acceptable or a slight roach over the loins. 

FAULTS A topline dropping from the croup to the withers is a fault.

DISQUALIFYING FAULT A saddle back or a topline noticeably dropping towards withers.

c) TOP VIEW: The forelimbs are set wider apart that the rear limbs. The shoulders are noticeably larger than the hips and the waist thinner, giving a slight "pear shape" appearance. It's a good view to see if the tail is high set. 

d) REAR VIEW: Hips medium width, thighs muscular, legs straight and parallel, feet straight, well defined tail short or long.

FAULTS BODY: Any deviance of the standard 


Well rounded ribs 


Flat-sided, too skinny, appearing ribs 


Tucked up 


A straight belly line, pendulous line



The hips are less wide than the shoulders but not narrow nor too wide

FAUTLS Hips higher than the withers, narrow or too wide



30 FORELEGS  FRONT VIEW Forelimbs are straight and set wide apart (wider apart than rear legs) and parallel to each other. The Forearms are very stout and well muscled. 

31 SHOULDERS PROFILE VIEW The shoulders have a humero-radial angulation of about 135° 

32 ELBOWS are relatively close to the body, slightly apart from the body is admitted but not loose. 

33 FRONT PASTERNS (Metacarpus)

FRONT VIEW Short, straight and strong

PROFILE VIEW the pastern that is about half of length of rear pastern and is moderately inclined. A dewclaw is present. 

34 FOREFEET Straight or very slightly turned outwards of medium size and moderately round. Toes compact and thick, well split up, making knuckles prominent and high.


FAULTS  Lack of bone is a serious fault, feet toeing out too much our toeing in, loose elbows, incorrect angulation: pasterns, shoulders. 

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS splayed feet, flat feet or any other fault if severe.



35 HINDLEGS Rear view: set straight, wide apart (but less wide apart than front legs) and parallel, strong with muscular thighs.

36 STIFLES (knees) Profile view: the tibia-metatarsus angle should be about 140-150°

37 REAR PASTERNS (Metatarsus) straight and strong, about double in height comparing to front pastern with no dewclaw.

38 HINDFEET round and compact. Toes compact and thick, well split up, making knuckles prominent and high. 

FAULTS incorrect angulation at the hocks, bandy legs, cow hocks, dewclaw at rear 

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS any fault that is severe 


A natural short tail or screw tail well defined and low set is preferred. A spike tail, straight half tail or long reaching the tip of the hocks is accepted.

FAULTS in short tails, high set, turned inwards. In long tails, kinks, deviation, circled over the back. If the tail has been docked for medical reasons, the owner must provide a veterinarian certification. 



The gait is effort less when trotting, smooth powerful and well coordinated, showing good reach in front and drive behind. When trotting the topline remains level with only a slight flexing to indicate suppleness when galopping "running" or cantering. Legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross. 

FAULTS  Paddling, sidewinding, Rolling "English Bulldog gait", incoordinated crossing gait, bunny hopping (sign for hip dysplasia), any limping.




Females - 36 to 40 cm, males - 38 to 42 cm, at the withers. 

A size slightly under the standard is admitted but must be corrected in breeding

FAULTS A height over the standard is a fault that must be corrected in breeding

42 WEIGHT : 23-28 kg for females, males 25-30 kg. The dog should look well conditioned and balanced, not obese or to slender. 


X-Rays hips (HD)




X-Rays Elbows (ED)

DNA Profiling

43 COAT 

a) Type: Short, dense, glossy & smooth with no undercoat, moderately stiff to the touch.


c) Colors:  Any colors is acceptable with no preference for one over another: Solid white or black, chocolate, fawn, red, lilac, blue, also version of these colors in piebald, tricolor or & tan, with brindle of any type, sable, and different shades of all these colors, also with ticking. Merle is also accepted in all the above mentioned colors and versions. 

e) Grooming: Low maintenance, very easy due to their short coat 

FAULTS  sparse or dull coat

NOTE  a dog with surgical or accident scars should not be penalized

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS Long, fuzzy or wavy coats, albinismus.



Like all brachycephalic breeds and molosser in general, the New English Bulldog must be protected from great heat in summer and also from excessive coldness in winter due to their short hair.



Males tie naturally or AI, female give birth naturally or by c-section.

Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding. As dogs are not perfect, the breeder should never double up on health or conformation faults, even if minor and do his utmost to meet the ideal of the standard that is used as guideline. 

It is very important that no American Bulldog blood is introduced in the New English Bulldog breeding stock nor Old English Bulldog with strong American Bulldog blood either, at least 5 generations back. If the dog has only a 3 generation pedigree, ask to see the parents pedigrees of the dog be used. A good pedigree knowledge is requested to make the right selection.  No french Bulldog, American Bully or Miniature Bulldog blood either. Pure quality EB x quality OEB. Characteristics that very clearly indicate crossing with other breeds are not to be tolerated.


Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated. 



Thanks to their endering and socialble character, they make perfect family dogs and playmates for children and get along generally well with other animals. The New English Bulldog should have an excellent movement, less lay back than the English Bulldog but without excessive drive, therefore they adapt very well to city life. However, the New English Bulldog should be able to make sporting activities like spring, flirt pole or agility.


As all brachycephalic breeds, they can randomly suffer from the usual related health issues like entropion and ectropion. Breathing difficulties like stenotic nares and elongated soft palate. It is important to make an appropriate selection for breeding. They also can suffer from hip dysplasia if no selection is made on the breeding stock. 

48 LIFE EXPECTANCY  estimated at 10-12 years


Any mentioned in the standard

Any evident fault that is severe 

Any dog clearly showing physical of behavioural abnormalities 

Moderate to severe HD (D2-E1-E2)

NB: Males should exhibit 2 testicles, fully dropped in the scrotum.

The original standard is available to any serious kennel club including the judge exam form.

Please ask us to obtain the latest updated standard.

F-1 outcrosses will always be admitted, pretending that EBs have worse hips than OEBs is a myth, just make the right selection and always x-ray all your breeding stock and never use a stud that is not tested. 


Use the below breeding and registering table to obtain more stability in the breed. It's also a guideline how to register. Because you cannot cross an OEB x EB and claim the whole litter is New English Bulldog. Some can turn out 100% OEB in conformation as the black OEB F-1 on the table below with is a direct outcross EB x OEB, on right side and perfect NEB on left! Don't hesitate to contact us with any question you may have. 



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