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Breed Group Group 4: Bull Breeds
Sub-group :
Origin Country United States
Weight Males: 50-80 pounds. Females: 45-75 pounds.
Height Males: 15-21 inches. Females: 15-21 inches.
Other Name(s) Altman, Altman Bulldog, Altman White English
Breed Type Pure
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Altman White English Bulldog

Breed Group Group 4: Bull Breeds
Sub-group :
Origin Country United States
Weight Males: 50-80 pounds. Females: 45-75 pounds.
Height Males: 15-21 inches. Females: 15-21 inches.
Other Name(s) Altman, Altman Bulldog, Altman White English
Breed Type Pure
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Origins

Today, these little dogs are known throughout the world. In France they are known as Diablotin Moustachu, or little moustached devil.

Breed Characteristics

Head: The skull is somewhat brachycephalic in type, medium to large in size, broad, and square. It should always be in proportion to the rest of the body, never so large as to result in hindrance of natural whelping. In profile, the head should never appear flat-faced. From the stop to the occiput the head is high and broad, with well-muscled temples and cheeks. From the front, the plane of the skull appears flat and not rounded. A median furrow starting at the stop and running toward the occiput may be visible. Extreme brachycephalic skull types lacking a muzzle, or dogs with a completely flat facial profile, are incorrect. Wrinkling on the head and face should not be excessive to allow for a neat and clean appearance.

Eyes: Eyes are medium in size, and may be somewhat round, open oval, open almond, or lemon-shaped, set wide apart and approximately level with the stop. The eyes exhibit a fair amount of skull above and between one another. The eyes should appear far from the ears in profile and when viewed from the front. Eyelids should be sufficiently tight to avoid exposing haw and whites, rolling inward, outward, or appearing “droopy.” The eyes should never appear sunken, bulged, or overly droopy.
Ears: Small to medium in size, set high on the skull, and well-apart. Ears may be drop or rose. The ears are never long, overly large, or broken. Ears may be cropped short, but natural ears are preferred.
Muzzle: Short, broad, deep, and full. The plane, or bridge of the muzzle, is straight. Upper and lower jaws are wide, have good bone substance, appearing strong and well-developed, never appearing snipey or weak. There should be enough muzzle length for the nose to protrude and allow easy breathing and prevention of the soft palate from extending into the airways of the throat. The lower jaw is strongly developed and curved slightly upwards. The under jaw should never appear overly protrusive, and teeth and tongue must be completely concealed when the mouth is closed.
Nose: The nose is well-pigmented and black, or self-colored according to the coat. The nostrils are well-opened
Neck: Moderate length, powerfully-muscled with a slight arch. The neck tapers smoothly from the deeper and broader body toward the head. A very slight dewlap may or may not be present.

Chest: Deep, broad, but never wider than deep. The brisket extends to the point of the elbows.
Body: Compact, solid, and good substance. The body is never racy or refined. Width at forequarters is approximately equal to the width at the hindquarters.
Feet: Oval to round, compact, with well-arched toes and tough pads
Tail: Set neither high nor low on the croup, but as an elegant extension of the spine. It is thick at the base and tapering toward the tip. Carried in accordance with the dog’s mood, never straight up over the back or tucked. Tail may be left natural (preferred) or docked short. Natural tails are of a medium length, with the tip of the last vertebrae extending to the hock joints when held down. They may be straight, gently curved, or pump-handled. Docked tails are short and only a few vertebrae long.

Movement: The Altman White English Bulldog is capable of smooth, effortless, efficient, and energetic movement in all climates and terrain. The characteristics of healthy structure are evident: when moving away, the forelegs and rear pasterns should remain parallel to one another. When viewing movement from the front, the forelegs should remain parallel, with elbows and paws neither moving in nor out. From the rear, the back pads should be visible when the rear legs are extended. As speed increases, the forelimbs and hindlimbs will converge to the center line of gravity. From the side, the topline should remain firm and level. Good reach of movement in the front allows the forepaw to extend out in a line with the nose. The width between the forefeet when extended should be approximately equal to the width between the hindfeet when extended, indicating balance, good reach, and good drive. Dogs that exhibit any sign of breathing or locomotive difficulty shall be disqualified from the show ring.
Temperament: The Altman White English Bulldogs are loved by their people for their devotion and the strong attachment they form with their family. Just like the bulldogs of the Old South, they are protective watch dogs alerting to the slightest disturbance. They are also known to be less tolerant of other dogs, so strict socialization and early training is a requirement for the breed. They are intelligent and capable of learning many tricks and disciplines. They are also quite capable of many physically demanding tasks, such as agility and weight pulling. While friendly, devoted, and great with children, these dogs are known to be indifferent or aloof toward strangers. Any unprovoked aggressive or fearful behavior toward people is incorrect for this breed.

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Breed Standard

BREED GROUP 4: Bull Breeds

Proportions: Somewhat rectangular, with the length of the body, measured from the point of the forechest to the point of the rump being just slightly greater than the height at the withers. The ideal body height to length ratio is between 10:8. The body is substantial and powerfully muscled, with medium-heavy bone throughout. However, the Altman should never be so substantial to appear heavy, cloddy, incapable of work, or lacking in stamina and agility, yet never so light as to appear racy or lacking in power. Males should appear masculine, being more substantial in size and mass, while females should appear more feminine and slightly less substantial. Neither should lack overall type.

Head

General Appearance: The skull is somewhat brachycephalic in type, medium to large in size, broad, and square. It should always be in proportion to the rest of the body, never so large as to result in hindrance of natural whelping. In profile, the head should never appear flat-faced. From the stop to the occiput the head is high and broad, with well-muscled temples and cheeks. From the front, the plane of the skull appears flat and not rounded. A median furrow starting at the stop and running toward the occiput may be visible. Extreme brachycephalic skull types lacking a muzzle, or dogs with a completely flat facial profile, are incorrect. Wrinkling on the head and face should not be excessive to allow for a neat and clean appearance.

Expression: Capable, dignified, intelligent, watchful, and alert.

Stop: The stop is definite, preferably forming a 90-degree angle between the topskull and muzzle
Skull: The ideal muzzle-to-skull ratio is 1:2, with the topskull being just longer than the muzzle.
The ideal muzzle-to-skull axis is convergent.

Muzzle: Short, broad, deep, and full. The plane, or bridge of the muzzle, is straight. Upper and lower jaws are wide, have good bone substance, appearing strong and well-developed, never appearing snipey or weak. There should be enough muzzle length for the nose to protrude and allow easy breathing and prevention of the soft palate from extending into the airways of the throat. The lower jaw is strongly developed and curved slightly upwards. The under jaw should never appear overly protrusive, and teeth and tongue must be completely concealed when the mouth is closed.
Lips or Flews: The lips/flews are thick, wide, deep, and conceal the lower jaw without extending well-below it.
Nose: The nose is well-pigmented and black, or self-colored according to the coat. The nostrils are well-opened
Cheeks: The cheeks are well-muscled and broad, but never overly protrusive. Flat, smooth, or chiseled cheeks are also incorrect.
Dentition and Bite: Forty-two strong, clean, white teeth. Bite may be level, reverse-scissor bite, or slightly undershot bite with 1/4 of an inch or less of space between upper and lower incisors. Missing or broken teeth as a result of routine work is not to be penalized.
Eyes: Eyes are medium in size, and may be somewhat round, open oval, open almond, or lemon-shaped, set wide apart and approximately level with the stop. The eyes exhibit a fair amount of skull above and between one another. The eyes should appear far from the ears in profile and when viewed from the front. Eyelids should be sufficiently tight to avoid exposing haw and whites, rolling inward, outward, or appearing “droopy.” The eyes should never appear sunken, bulged, or overly droopy.
Ears: Small to medium in size, set high on the skull, and well-apart. Ears may be drop or rose. The ears are never long, overly large, or broken. Ears may be cropped short, but natural ears are preferred.

Body and Tail

General Description: Compact, solid, and good substance. The body is never racy or refined. Width at forequarters is approximately equal to the width at the hindquarters.
Neck: Moderate length, powerfully-muscled with a slight arch. The neck tapers smoothly from the deeper and broader body toward the head. A very slight dewlap may or may not be present.

Chest: Long, well-sprung, well-laid back, and oval-shaped, never barrel-chested or slab-sided.
Topline: Level from slightly prominent withers to croup. The back is broad, strongly muscled, straight, yet supple. The loin is taut, level, or slightly arched, yet supportive. The topline is never swayed or roached.

Croup: Gently sloped.
Underline: Without tuckup, the underline runs parallel to the topline. The underline is taut and firm, without any indication of sagging or excess weight.
Tail: Set neither high nor low on the croup, but as an elegant extension of the spine. It is thick at the base and tapering toward the tip. Carried in accordance with the dog’s mood, never straight up over the back or tucked. Tail may be left natural (preferred) or docked short. Natural tails are of a medium length, with the tip of the last vertebrae extending to the hock joints when held down. They may be straight, gently curved, or pump-handled. Docked tails are short and only a few vertebrae long.

Forequarters and Hindquarters

Forequarters: Forequarters are always in balance with the hindquarters. Forequarters are well-angulated with well-laid-back shoulder blades. Shoulder blades are approximately equal in length to the upper arm and forearm.
Elbows: Elbows are close to the body. The point of the elbows is approximately half the dog’s height at the withers
Forelegs: Frontal View: Straight, of good muscle and bone, and parallel to one another. A slight inclination inwards is not a fault, as long as they are straight.
Side View: The forelimbs appear straight with strong pasterns.

Pasterns: Never weak or broken
Hindquarters: Upper thigh and lower thigh are equal in length, strong, sturdy, of good bone, and well-muscled.
Rear View: When viewed from the rear, the rear pasterns are parallel to one another.
Side View: Good angulation will allow the rear toes to align with the point of the rump, or within one to two paw-lengths behind the point of the rump, with the rear pasterns remaining perpendicular to the ground and parallel to one another.
Stifle Joint: Well-angulated with a good bend to well-let-down rear pasterns
Angulations: Angulation of hindquarters is always in balance with angulation of forequarters.

Feet: Oval to round, compact, with well-arched toes and tough pads

Coat

Skin: Well-fitted, yet supple. The skin should never obstruct the outline of the dog
Coat Type: Short, smooth, close, coarse, gleaming, stiff to the touch, with or without slight feathering on back of hindlegs.
Coat Color or Pattern: All coat colors and patterns are equally permissible. Large patches or amounts of white indicating homogenous merle genotype/phenotype is undesirable.

Movement

The Altman White English Bulldog is capable of smooth, effortless, efficient, and energetic movement in all climates and terrain. The characteristics of healthy structure are evident: when moving away, the forelegs and rear pasterns should remain parallel to one another. When viewing movement from the front, the forelegs should remain parallel, with elbows and paws neither moving in nor out. From the rear, the back pads should be visible when the rear legs are extended. As speed increases, the forelimbs and hindlimbs will converge to the center line of gravity. From the side, the topline should remain firm and level. Good reach of movement in the front allows the forepaw to extend out in a line with the nose. The width between the forefeet when extended should be approximately equal to the width between the hindfeet when extended, indicating balance, good reach, and good drive. Dogs that exhibit any sign of breathing or locomotive difficulty shall be disqualified from the show ring.

Temperament

The Altman White English Bulldogs are loved by their people for their devotion and the strong attachment they form with their family. Just like the bulldogs of the Old South, they are protective watch dogs alerting to the slightest disturbance. They are also known to be less tolerant of other dogs, so strict socialization and early training is a requirement for the breed. They are intelligent and capable of learning many tricks and disciplines. They are also quite capable of many physically demanding tasks, such as agility and weight pulling. While friendly, devoted, and great with children, these dogs are known to be indifferent or aloof toward strangers. Any unprovoked aggressive or fearful behavior toward people is incorrect for this breed.

Faults

All dogs should be in proper healthy condition, free from disease or defect. Any departure from this description is considered a fault. Unless altered, all male dogs should have two fully descended testicles