Standard of Leavitt Bulldog





The Leavitt Bulldog is a muscular dog of medium size, strong strength, stable and athletic.
It is well proportioned, without exaggeration. He has the appearance of a dog capable of
doing his original work: the fight against the bulls. It must be remembered that an
over-size would have served the old working bulldog because he had to work on the ground
to avoid the horns of the bulls and cling to his snout. A heavyweight would also have been
a disadvantage because the bull's nose would have been more easily injured, sending the
dog in the air.


The layout of the Leavitt Bulldog is confident, courageous and alert. LB's are very friendly
and affectionate. They are very strong and occasionally show aggression towards dogs of the
same sex; for this reason, socialization and obedience are important. The best way to channel
their high energy is work and exercise.
*Fault: Shyness in an adult dog.

The head of the LB is prominent and important. The circumference of the head must be at least
equal to the height of the dog at the withers. The cheeks are broad, well developed and show
powerful jaw muscles. A slightly wrinkled forehead is acceptable.

The skull is large but proportional to the dog's muscular body and pronounced shoulders.
There is a gap between the stop and the occiput.
**Serious faults : Narrow skull; a dome front.

The snout is square, wide and deep, with a well defined stop.
The distance between the tip of the muzzle (the nose) and
the stop must not exceed 1/3 of the distance from the tip of
the muzzle to the occiput. The height of the muzzle, from
the bottom of the chin to the top of the nose, is equal to or
longer than the length of the muzzle, giving a square and
deep snout. Light to moderate folds are found on the muzzle.
The chops are half-hanging. The jaw is prognathic and
horizontally straight. The prognathism is 18mm or less.
The lower jaw is moderately curved from front to back.
*Faults : A longer or shorter snout; excessive wrinkles.
***Disqualifications : Twisted jaw; overbite
(lower jaw placed under the upper jaw).

Eyes are round or fine and of medium size. They are positioned spaced apart,
with the outer corner of the eye crossing the outer line of the skull and they
are placed low, at muzzle height, where the stop and muzzle intersect. The eye
color is brown with black pigmentation around the eyes.
*Fault : Lack of pigmentation around the eyes.
***Disqualifications : Any other eye color than brown; the black eyes; strabismus.

Dogs have 42 teeth. P1 (4) may be missing. The canines are wide. Broken, chipped
or extracted teeth are acceptable. There are 6 incisors between the canines.
*Fault : Canines visible
**Serious lack : No more teeth than P1.
***Disqualification : Twisted jaw, overbite.

The nostrils are wide with a vertical line between each nostril, from the tip of
the nose to the bottom of the upper lip. The nose is wide and in proportion
with the thickness of the muzzle. The nose is black.
*Faults : Lack of pigmentation on the nose or nostrils.
**Serious mistake: Split nostrils
***Disqualification : Any color other than a black nose.

Ears :
The ears are pink, button or tulip, with pink being preferred. They are
positioned high and at the back of the skull. The ears are positioned as
widely as possible on the sides on skull. They are small to medium sized.

The neck is medium in length, broad and slightly arched. It is slightly
smaller than the head where the two meet and extend from this point to
the shoulders. The skin is slightly relaxed from the jaw to the chest,
forming a double dewlap.
**Serious lack : Fanon simple.


They are broad, heavily muscled and have a separation between
the shoulder blades. The scapula (scapula) should form an angle of
approximately 35 degrees vertically and form an angle of approx.
110 degrees to the humerus (forearm). The scapula and the humerus
must be of equal length.

A vertical line drawn from the tip of the scapula to the
ground will pass directly through the elbow. The elbows are not
facing outwards or inwards.

The legs are placed well apart, descending directly straight from the
shoulders. They are vertically straight on the inside of the paw and
well muscled giving a curved appearance of the front hand. The front
legs have a medium frame and are in proportion with the body.

The metacarpuses are of medium length. They are straight, strong,
flexible and practically perpendicular to the ground.
*Faults : The bones of the front legs too heavy or too light.
**Serious faults: Loose shoulders; vertical shoulders; loose elbows;
weak metacarpuses (too vertical or too sagging).

The body is sturdy and powerful. The distance from the tip of the sternum
to the back of the thigh is slightly longer than the shoulder height of the floor.

The back is broad and muscular, showing power. The back line forms
a slight arch. There is a hollow, the lowest point of which is behind the
shoulders. From this point, the spine rises slightly to the loins.
The highest point in the kidneys is a little higher than the shoulders,
which gives a gentle curve, forming an arch to the tail. The lower back
(from the back of the rib cage to the hips) is muscular, of medium length
and forms a slight curve.

The chest is wide and deep with the muscular tip of the chest. the ribs
are apparent and round, being at their maximum just behind the shoudlers.
The shoulders and the front hand are well muscled.
*Faults : Narrow chest cage. Very long or very short back.


Hips and thighs are strong and muscular. The hind legs are muscular,
slightly longer than the front legs. In the natural position, the hind
legs are straight, parallel, and distinct from each other when viewed
from behind. The distance between the hindquarters is shorter than
the distance between the anterior ones. Angulation is moderate.
The knees form a soft convex curve when viewed in profile.
The angulation of the knee is almost identical to the angulation
of the pelvis. The hocks are perpendicular to the ground when viewed
from the profile and back. They are parallel to each other when
viewed from the back. If one draws a line from the rearmost part of
the buttocks, perpendicular to the ground, it should fall to the front
of the paw fingers. If one draws a line from the front of the tip of
the pelvis, perpendicular to the ground, it should pass through the
knee (the 2 previous tests, with good angulation, should be performed
with the dog's hocks placed perpendicular to the ground).
*Fault : Hips equal in width to the shoulders.
**Serious faults : Right knees. Severe cow's hocks or arched.

The feet are medium and well arched and round (feet of cats).
They are straight when viewed from the front. The hind legs are
smaller than the feet of the forelegs.
*Fault : Feet turned inward or outward; long fingers.
**Serious errors : Flat feet; feet of hare; and fingers spread.


The tail should be placed low and thin from the base to the tip. It can from
a curve (seen from profile) or straight with a curve on the end being preferred.
The tail should join the hock or be slightly shorter. The tail is worn low, horizontally or high.
*Faults : Tail curved 360 degrees. Identical circumference of the base to the point.
***Disqualifications : Bow, tail cut, bumpy or crooked
(a tail with a bow is a tail with one or more breaks).

The coat is short, close and of medium density. He must be bright, showing good health.
*Faults : Fringes, longer hairs or wavy coats.

The color can be brindle red, mahogany, tawny or black; either solid (complete) or
stained (with white). Complete white. Fawn, red or black; complete or stained color.
***Disqualifications : Blue, but also black with red or mahogany
(like rottweilers).

Dogs are 60 to 80 lbs. and 17 to 20 inches at the withers.
Bitches are 50 to 70 lbs. and 16 to 19 inches at the withers.
Deviation from this range of height and weight will be faulted according to the extent of the deviation.
Weight should be proportioned to height and the dogs must not be squat nor rangy.


The pace is fluid, powerful, energetic and confident.
The direction is straight. The feet must move back and forth on the same plane.
The fall of the foot approaches a central line as the pace of the trot increases.
There is a slight pose where the hind leg touches the ground just before the
place where the front leg is. The front and the back meet equally. Feet should
not cross or interfere with each other. The dog must have a clean motion when
viewed from the front and back.


Eyes - Any other color than brown. Eyes black or intersecting (strabismus).
Nose - Any color other than black.
Jaw - Twisted jaw. Overbite.
Tail - Tail with one or more knots, cut, dented or twisted
Color - Blue / Gray and Black and Fire.
Males not having 2 testicles completely descended.

The Leavitt Bulldog Club is the Leavitt Bulldog Association.