Welcome to "Stevenson's Old Time Southern Bulldogs."
I have some awesome bulldogs that I welcome you to read about and check out on my photogallery! Call or email with questions or comments. They make good pets, are natural hog dogs, and are smart and able to be trained to herd livestock or hunt different types of animals.
History of my yard.
Around the turn of the century, I drove from South Carolina to south Georgia and traded a boat for four hog dogs. I had no idea that I was entering a life long relationship with a breed with whose existance I was hardly aware of. The old timer I delt with told me that "Nemo," one of the dogs I was getting, was half "Old Southern White" and half "White English. Nemo caught sixty wild boar in six months. Nemo was built like a cougar on steroids and was 200% pure prey drive. I was soon to learn that both of these bloodlines were now a days considered sub-catagories of the "American Bulldog," commenly referred to as the "Standard" or "Scott type." I took him to my first bulldog show and had him registered as my foundation dog "Stevenson's Captain Nemo". Nemo's only short coming was that he had not been raised as a pet and was an all-buisness alpha male and not very people friendly.Having had a Great Dane that was a great pet and awesome hog catcher, I knew that a good working dog could also be a good pet. I quickly began a search for a similar bred pup that I could raise myself. After attending a couple of American Bulldog shows, I realized Nemo was different from most of what I saw being shown, with the exception being Alan Scott's American Bulldog "Crusher", who Scott called an "Old Southern White." In search of original blood like Crusher's and Nemo's, which I discovered was the foundation of modern lines. The more I learned about the early blood, the more I decided that was what I wanted. I met others who like me preferred this and wanted to preserve this early stock. I aquired an unregistered adult female "Baby Doll I," and bred her to Nemo, went and bred him to another OSW down in Georgia, then bought a second female, I NKC registered as my foundation Old Time Southern Bulldog "Queen O Sheba", the mother of what was to become my "Queen" line." The NKC had informed me that registered "American Bulldogs" and "Old Time Southern Bulldogs" could be bred and still be considered purebreds, being that the "Old Southern" blood was the original material that American Bulldogs were fashioned from. I leaned that way because I felt it was a truer description of what I was breeding. Ironically folks with American Bulldogs were coming back to me to buy my dogs to recover the characteristics that the early dogs were known for. Another irony is that the NKC has changed it's rules in what it accepts as American Bulldogs a number of times in the years that I have been breeding them. I'm told that at the present time the offspring of an OTSB bred with an AB has to be registered OTSB.
I struck gold when I met James & Laura Stout. They had been working and breeding these early blood, bulldog, hog dogs along side Jay Dorsey for years and all right here in SC. I bred Sheba to a couple of Stout's dogs and bought a pup from him. This pup "Stevenson's Jet Rountree" turned out awesome, better than I could have hoped for. He was a Stout/Dorsey mix,with 53% "Stout's Boss Hog" blood. Jet caught three wild boar the first time I took him out. Born August 11, 2007, He is now 85 lbs., 22 in. at the shoulder with a 2 ft. head. He is my mainstay, a friendly pet, hard core hog dog, and excellent stud dog. I've bred him a number of times with the goal of reproducing him.
Jets' first breeding was to Baby Doll I. From this breeding I saved my favorite female and registered her "Baby Doll II" as another of my foundation "Old Time Southern Bulldogs." She became the mother of my "Baby Doll Line". At the time of writing everything on my yard has Jets' blood, and I later brought my two female lines, "Queen line" & "Babydoll line", together in the "Firehouses' " litter and also the "Cajun Queen", aka "Caja", litter. Jet has been super healthy, prolific, athletic, strong, non-dog agressive but with high prey drive and at 9 years old is still going strong. His offspring are now catching hogs from Mexico to Australia.
One of Jets' pups, "Big Bossman" puts it all on the line every day for the "South-East Wildlife Controll", catchin Hogs, treeing squirrell or catching an unruly bull. A Texas hog hunter reported that he had bred the dog I sold him, raised a litter of pups, sold them to other hog hunters all over the state and at 4 months old, every one of them was catching hogs. WOW! That is what I like to hear!
I have been incredibly fortunate to own "Jet Rountree "and I have linebred him repeatedly because he embodies what I desire in conformation, temperament, prey drive and intelligence. These are things a dog is born with !.., so again, I can not thank James and Laura Stout enough for producing him. I credit Jet's make-up to their decrete line breeding of "Stout's Bosshog of Dorsey". He is Jet's grandpa, great-grandpa on the sires' side, and his great-great-grandpa twice on his dam's side, makiing him 53% Bosshog. And if you count "Ladybird II's" blood, which I do because she is Bosshog's sister and an awesome dog in her own right., he is 56% BH/LBII blood. This line-breeding, I have done to the point that I am having to bring in new blood. Realizing now, that Bosshogs' blood is not only a foundation block for many breeding programs around the world, but highly prized by many, to preserve the look and traits that he and Jet possess, I have been searching out others who have carefully linebred the BH/LBII lines for my "outside" new blood. My goal is to produce fine dogs in their own right, but with an awesome heritage incorporating the tried and true BH/LBII bloodlines.