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Old 01-23-2012, 09:49 PM
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I'm sure I'm no the only one who is a bit uncomfortable wit how they are representing bulldogs in the Sherlock Holmes movies. @-@

We know that the breed didn't look anything like the ones we see now, it would be impossible for those times to reproduce them wit c-sections and artificial inseminations, poor dogs.

They were still doing the bull baitings in that period right?

I know it's just a movie, but maybe they could have used another breed that haven't changed so mush?

The dogs of the old bull baiting drawings reminds me of the spanish breed alano español

http://www.staffordtimes.nl/drawings

http://perros-perros10.blogspot.com/...o-espanol.html
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:51 PM
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:00 PM
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No, Sherlock Holmes is set in 1914 and bullbaiting had *long* since been outlawed. This is an illustration from 1908 and already shows the bulldog looking quite similar to modern dogs



Another illustration, this time a propaganda postcard from World War I (same era)


This picture was taken in 1923, not terribly far off:


So while the modern re-creation of Sherlock Holmes is using a slightly more exaggerated bulldog, just because that's what is around now, they're not going completely away from form.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:04 PM
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No, they were following the book.

1900 bulldog


1880


The actual dog:
http://www.fantasiesbulldogs.com/Leo.htm

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Old 01-24-2012, 07:47 AM
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Thanks for the info , at least those dogs had necks , longer legs and smaller heads comparing to he ones from today.

I don't think they needed artificial metods for reproduction yet.
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Maybe it was shot angles, but the first movie of Sherlock Holmes, the Bulldog looked awfully short. Almost like one of those "mini" EBs.
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Maybe it was shot angles, but the first movie of Sherlock Holmes, the Bulldog looked awfully short. Almost like one of those "mini" EBs.
I haven't heard of mini bulldogs before but it doesn't surprise me people are doing this.

Here's the dog http://www.canine.co.il/wpe/sherlock-holmes-gladstone/
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I suppose he is just more extreme than even I'm used to seeing.

Though, today I learned that Gladstone is also a man's bag, and that there is one sitting on my floor right now, ha.
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Maybe it was shot angles, but the first movie of Sherlock Holmes, the Bulldog looked awfully short. Almost like one of those "mini" EBs.
wouldn't that be a french bulldog?
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I think Gladstone was adorable in that movie. Then again, I am a fan of English Bulldogs lol
I think they are adorable.. skateboarding and all

I would never buy one. but I mean.. if I was walking down the street and somebody was like

"HERE! TAKE THIS!"


I highly doubt I could say no.. lol
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