General Description: Medium in size with a large strong head, and stout body. Exotic Bulldogs are capable and more importantly better health than standard English bulldogs. The Exotic Bulldog is devoid of most serious breathing issues and is capable of enjoying an outdoor activity with their family. A wonderful companion, protector, and family member. they are very trainable, thrive on pleasing their owners and do well inside or out. The breed is partitioned into three recognized variations; Compact, Standard, Extreme. Life expectancy averages 8 to 10 yrs.
Head: The Exotic Bulldog head should be strong and powerful, and it should have that appearance. The head is large, with a broad skull, wide-set eyes, moderately sunken between the eyes (medial furrow), with short, broad muzzle. The circumference of the head should be equal to or greater than the dog’s height at the shoulder. A narrow head or one that appears too small for the body is a fault.
Muzzle: The muzzle has a distinct stop, and moderately pendulous lips. It is broad, deep and short with generous wrinkling. The bite is undershot, the lower jaw protruding beyond the upper and curving slightly upward. The incisor teeth of the lower jaw are in a straight line, with the canines preferably up front in the same line to give the jaw the greatest possible width. The upper jaw is broad where attached to the skull and maintains this breadth, except for a very slight tapering to the front. The lips, which complete the formation of the muzzle, should meet evenly in front. The upper lip is thick and padded; filling out the frontal space created by the projection of the lower jaw, and laterally is supported by the canines of the lower jaw. Therefore, these canines must stand far apart and be of good length so that the front surface of the muzzle is broad and squarish and, when viewed from the side, shows moderate layback. The muzzle should not be more than one and a half (1.5) inches, scissor bite or even bite are serious faults. A wry jaw is a fault.
Ears: The ears should be set high on the head, the front inner edge of each ear joining the outline of the skull at the top back corner, so as to place them as wide apart, and as high as possible. In size, they should be small and thin. The shape should be Dropped or Rose. The rose ear folds inward at it’s back lower edge, the upper front edge curving over, outward and backward, showing part of the inside of the burr. The dropped ears should fold into a nice triangle, and not be hound like. The ears should not be carried erect or prick-eared. Prick-ears are a fault. (Only in the extreme series are Cropped ears allowed).
Eyes: The eyes should be low down on the skull, as far from the ears as possible, and the corners should be in a straight line at right angles with the stop. They should be quite in front of the head, as wide apart as possible, provided their outer corners are within the outline of the cheeks when viewed from the front. They should be round in form, of moderate size. and not sunken nor bulging.. Crossed eyes or non-symmetrically shaped eyes are a disqualifying fault. And any color is acceptable. The lid should show pigment around eyes, “eyeliner” is preferred, but not a disqualification.
Nose: The Nose should be large, broad and a solid color with open nostrils (nares). The nose should not be excessively pushed up between the eyes. From the stop to the end of the nose must be less than 1.5 inches. Lacking pigment is a major fault, lacking all pigment on the nose is a disqualifying fault.
Neck: Neck should be short, thick, muscular, and Powerful. and well arched at the back. The length should not excessive nor should the head just rest on the shoulders.
Body: The body was designed for power and stability, and should be shaped to allow good movement. The Exotic bulldog should be Compact/medium sized, well muscled, very strong, with a wide deep chest, Topline — There should be a slight fall in the back, close behind the shoulders (its lowest part). There may be a slight rise over the loins but not to an extreme degree. Body–The brisket and body should be very capacious, with full sides, well-rounded ribs and very deep from the shoulders down to its lowest part, where it joins the chest. It should be well let down between the shoulders and forelegs, giving the dog a broad, low, short-legged appearance. Chest–The chest should be very broad, deep and full. The chest may be broader than the rear, but narrow hindquarters are a fault. The body should be well ribbed up behind with the belly tucked up and not rotund. legs are to the outside of the body to allow the dog to maneuver low to the ground with well-developed forearms they can present a rather bowed outline, but the bones of the legs should be large and straight. The rear should be well rounded and well muscled, lending to the appearance of strength.
Legs: Forelegs should be straight and wide apart, neither bowing out nor turning in. There should be significant bone substance. Elbows should be relatively close to the body. Lacking bone is very undesirable. Elbows that are loose or “fiddle fronts” are a serious fault. The hindquarters are strongly muscled with straight hocks. A slight turnout at the stifles is acceptable. The thighs are broad and curved. Straight or “posty” rear legs are a fault, not a disqualification.
Movement: A confident stride with a powerful drive emanating from a freely operating rear. Adequate reach should be evident to complement the gait. Viewed from the front, the shoulders should be wide and the elbows not flare out. The legs are parallel until gaiting narrows the track in proportion to increasing speed, the legs come in closer under the body but should never cross an open gait is also allowed. The line from the shoulder down through the leg should remain straight although not necessarily perpendicular to the ground. Viewed from the rear, The hind feet should dig in and track relatively true with the front. The Exotic Bulldog gait should always appear smooth and powerful, never stilted or inefficient. Pacing serious fault.
Feet: Feet should be compact, turning neither in nor out, with well-arched toes straight pasterns are also desired. Splayed feet and weak pasterns is a fault.
Height: Males & Females (Compact Class 15inches or lower at the shoulder.) (Standard Class 16-17inches at the shoulder)
Weight: Compact class 40-55 Standard Class 55-to 75 lbs. Although slight weight above the standard in each class is to be discouraged, it is not a fault,
as long as the dog is well proportioned(square in nature), otherwise correct and balanced it is not a serious fault. Obesity is also a fault.
Color: Any color is acceptable with no preference for one over another
Coat & Skin: The coat should be straight, short, flat, and smooth with visible muscle, especially at the head, neck shoulder. (No fringe, feather, or curl) Long Coat is Disqualified. (Extreme series should have more than moderate visible muscle in the chest, neck, shoulder,rib section and rear with tight skin)
Tail: Screw tail, Short, Docked, or Pump handle. No preference one over another. A tail that is curled or carried over the back is a Disqualification.