Continental bulldog

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Continental Bulldog
Other names
  • Conti
  • Swiss Bulldog
Weight Male 55–66 lb (25–30 kg)[1]
Female 48.50–59.50 lb (22.00–26.99 kg)
Height Male 16.54-21.26 in (42–46 cm)
Female 15.75-17.32 in (40–44 cm)
Coat short, shiny, smooth
Color fawn or brindle, with or without black mask, with or without white
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Continental Bulldog is a dog breed from Switzerland. This bulldog breed is not officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, although the procedure towards recognition by the FCI was started on 24 January 2011.[2] The breed has been officially recognized by the Swiss kennel club SKG since 5 December 2004.[3]


The European convention concerning breeding and keeping of pets as well as the Swiss legislation for animal protection (Art. 10) were the decisive factors for breeder Imelda Angehrn to create a new medium-sized bulldog breed.[citation needed] Her goal was to create a medium-sized bulldog which would meet all the requirements of the rules of animal protection for a sound dog which would keep the unique and much esteemed temperament of the English Bulldog.

In the spring of 2001 Imelda Angehrn started her breeding program by crossing the English Bulldog with the Olde English Bulldogge, with support of the Swiss Kennel Club.[4] On July 8, 2001, the first crossbreed litter was born by Birchwood's Spike (Old English Bulldog) out of Pickwick Lady Pinkarella (English Bulldog).[5] Around that time this new breed was still called "Pickwick Bulldogs Old Type".

The results of the cross-breeding were very promising but showed very quickly that the experiment would lead to the creation of a new breed, a breed that would come close to the original Old English Bulldog. In order to differentiate the new breed from the English Bulldog the denomination “Continental Bulldog” was chosen on 15 September 2004. The decisions and measurements for the creation of a new breed were undertaken in consultations with the FCI (representatives of the standard- and scientific commissions).[6]


A smooth coated, almost square, medium-sized bulldog-type dog of athletic build. Despite his compact body, the Continental Bulldog is mobile and of staying power; his respiration even at full speed is noiseless. His weight, depending on his height, is between 20 and 30 kg. The head is less massive than that of the English Bulldog. The forehead is flat to slightly domed, wrinkles existing but not too distinct. The underbite not so pronounced as that in the English Bulldog. Short and strong but not as short as to give the impression that the head sits directly on the shoulders. Well arched neck line. Regular and fluid movement, good advancement of the forelegs, spacious thrust of the hind legs. The coat is smooth, short, with or without an undercoat. All colours which are accompanied by a dark nose are allowed. Self-coloured, brindled or in combination with white, with or without black mask.[7]


Attentive, self-confident, friendly, neither aggressive nor timid.


  1. ^ "Breed standard Continental Bulldog". Continental Bulldog Club Switzerland.
  2. ^ "Current state Continental Bulldog". Continental Bulldog Club Schweiz.
  3. ^ "Summary of the protocol 2004" (PDF). Continental Bulldog Club Schweiz.
  4. ^ History, goal:
  5. ^ "Goal of the Continental Bulldog".
  6. ^ Continental Bulldog Club Schweiz founded:
  7. ^ "Breed standard Continental Bulldog". Continental Bulldog Club Switzerland.

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