​Head and body study of an accepted modern bulldog

Pictures from "The Story of the Real Bulldog" By Robert Jenkins & Ken Mollett , P. 96

Head and body study of Ken Mollett's breeding

​Pictures from "The Story of the Real Bulldog" by Robert Jenkins & Ken Mollett, P. 97


Ken Mollett’s Standard for the Victorian Bulldog's General Appearance.

A medium size, smooth-coated dog with a solid but active countenance. Large headed and thick boned, only to the point that it does not impede vigor. Broad muzzled and short faced, but not so excessive as to interfere with breathing. Hindquarters somewhat higher than and not as heavy as foreparts, but not so as destroy the symmetry of a muscular athlete.


Although fierce and formidable in appearance, the dog must possess a steady, loyal and dependable nature, being bold without aggression, with proud air of “nothing to breed"


The head should be large but not exaggerated out of proportion to body. Cheeks rounded and extended sideways beyond the eyes. Face measured from front of cheek-bone to tip of nose, long enough for unhindered breathing. Muzzle broad and turning up. Undershot but not excess. Nostrils large and wide, black preferred but Dudley acceptable. Flews broad and hanging over lower jaw at sides. Teeth canines large and wide apart, with ideally six smaller, even teeth between. A square bite (not wry). Eyes from the front, set low and wide apart. Neither bulging or sunken and on no account should the haw be visible. Ears no preference to rose or button. On no account erect or cropped.  


Thick strong and arched, with loose skin forming dewlap on each side.


Broad and deep. Rounded ribs with a wide chest narrowing towards the loins without exaggeration. The belly should be well tucked up and on no account rotund. A roach back is desired as long as it is not carried to excess or makes the dog look deformed. Forelegs muscular, straight and wide apart, not bandy or curved. Elbows away from ribs. Pasterns straight and strong. Hind legs strong and muscular. Hocks slightly bent. Feet round and compact


Either straight, turning down, or screwed. Not carried above back.



In order of preference: Red brindle. All other brindles. Solid white or pied. Solid red. Fawn or fallow. On no account black, or black and tan.


Male:  17-19 inches
Weight: 70-75 Pounds
Female: 16-18 inches
Weight 55-65 pounds