Miniature and Toy Bulldogs, 1904. From ‘The New Book of the Dog’. Full sized here.
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Since the early history of the French Bulldog is indelibly intwined with that of the Miniature or Toy Bulldog, I thought it would be interesting to reproduce one of the best histories ever published on this extinct breed.
In 1907, Robert Leighton published “The New Book of the Dog“, one of the most exhaustively comprehensive examinations of modern British dog breeds. In it, he devotes several chapters to the history of the “Bull Breeds”, including the Bulldog, the Toy Bulldog, and the French Bulldog.
This is the chapter on Toy Bulldog history, taken from that book, and written by Lady Kathleen Pilkington.