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American Bulldog

Overview

The original Bulldogs were not only used in the bloody sport of bull bating, but were also used by small farmers and ranchers who used them as all-round working dogs for many tasks including guarding and hunting bears, wild boars, raccoons, and squirrels. The very muscular, sturdy, and powerful; yet compact frame of the American Bulldog remains higher on the leg, more agile and swifter than its English counterpart. The height of the American Bulldog for male dogs is from 22 to 28 while females are 20 to 26 inches tall. The weight of the male dogs is 70 to 120 pounds while females weigh 60 to 100 pounds. The life expectancy of the American Bulldog runs up-to 16 years.

The American Bulldog is loyal, reliable, brave, and determined. It is not a hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children. It is known for its acts of heroism towards its master. It has strong protective instincts and needs a firm, confident, and consistent pack leader. Without that strong-minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of it, it may be aggressive with other dogs. This breed tends to drool and slobber. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may also be hard to handle. The short, harsh coat is easy to groom.

Other Names

Other names of American Bulldogs are:

Old Country Bulldog.

Am Bulldog.

History

The original Bulldogs were not only used in the bloody sport of bull bating, but were also used by small farmers and ranchers who used them as all-round working dogs for many tasks including guarding and hunting bears, wild boars, raccoons, and squirrels.

The American version of the Bulldog has longer legs; it is faster and has better agility than the English show dog. The dog’s stamina, protectiveness, intelligence, and working abilities make it a prized worker for farmers. They can be trained to drive cattle and guard stock from predators. Thanks to the efforts of John D. Johnson of Summerville, Georgia, this breed exists today.

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After Johnson returned from World War II he was disappointed to find that, like the English Mastiff, it was almost completely extinct. He then decided to gather the best specimens he could find from all across the rural South, in an effort to bring this wonderful breed back from the brink of extinction. He has been breeding these dogs longer than anyone else in the world and his father bred them before him. He is an old man now and these dogs have always existed in his family. He is the sole reason why they exist today. He has been breeding them nonstop since then. Some of the American Bulldog’s talents are hunting, watching, tracking, weight pulling, and guarding.

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Bulldog runs up to 16 years.

Appearance

The very muscular, sturdy, and powerful; yet compact frame of the American Bulldog remains higher on the leg, more agile and swifter than its English counterpart. Some of them are reportedly able to leap six or more feet into the air. Males are characteristically stockier and heavier boned than the more refined females. It is agile and light on its feet; the chest is wide and moderately deep, giving it, its athletic ability and power. The neck is muscular, tapering from the shoulders to the head and may have a slight dewlap.

The head is large, square and broad with strong jaws, and muscular cheeks relative in proportion to the size and overall structure of the dog. There is a defined furrow between the rounded eyes, with a distinct, sharply defined, deep stop. The strong muzzle is broad and square. The preferred bite is reverse scissors, but a moderate under bite, scissors, or even bite is acceptable. A variety of ear types are acceptable including cropped, rose, half-pricked, and forward flap. Un-cropped ears are preferred in the American Bulldog Breeders Association standard. Eyes can come in any color. Black eye rims are preferred on white dogs. Pink eye rims are considered a fault according to the written standard.

The nose can be black, red, brown, or grizzle; black is the preferred color. In black-nosed dogs, the preferred lip color is black, though pink is permitted. The lips should be full but not too loose. The front legs are heavy-boned, strong, and straight. The hindquarters should be very broad and thick with well-defined muscles. The tail is low-set, begins thick at the base, and tapers to a point. The coat is smooth, short, and comes in all shades of brindle including red brindle, varying degrees of white, red, brown, tan, fawn, and piebald.

Weight and Height

The height of the American Bulldog for male dogs is from 22 to 28 while females are 20 to 26 inches tall. The weight of the male dogs is 70 to 120 pounds while females weigh 60 to 100 pounds.

Temperament

The American Bulldog is loyal, reliable, brave, and determined. Not a hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinelyloves children . It is known for its acts of heroism towards its master. It has strong protective instincts and needs a firm, confident, and consistent pack leader. Train them at an early age so that they will be well-socialized and obedient and also to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. Without that strong-minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of it, it may be aggressive with other dogs. They need to be around people and know their place in their pack to be truly happy. This breed tends to drool and slobber. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may also be hard to handle.

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Care and Grooming

The short, harsh coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues

It may be prone to hip dysplasia .

Training

It has strong protective instincts and needs a firm, confident, and consistent pack leader. Train them at an early age so that they will be well socialized and obedient and to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. Without that strong-minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of it, it may be aggressive with other dogs. They need to be around people and know their place in their pack to be truly happy. It is easy for housebreaking.

Exercise

The American Bulldog will do okay in an apartment if it gets sufficient exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with atleast an average-sized yard. The American Bulldog should be taken on a long walks daily.

Recognition

The APRI, ARF, UKC, NKC, ARBA, JDJB, ABCC, AABC, CKC, ACR, DRA, and the BBC recognized the American Bulldog breed.

Group

Groups of American Bulldogs are:

Mastiff.

Litter Size

The average litter size is 11 puppies.

Talents

The talents of the American Bulldog are:

Watching

Hunting

Guarding

Agility

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  • Interesting Facts

    The original Bulldogs were not only used in the bloody sport of bull bating, but were also used by small farmers and ranchers who used them as all-round working dogs for many tasks including guarding and hunting bears, wild boars, raccoons, and squirrels.

    The American Bulldog is loyal, reliable, brave, and determined. It is not a hostile dog.

    Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children. It is known for its acts of heroism towards its master.

    It has strong protective instincts and needs a firm, confident, and consistent pack leader. It is easy for housebreaking, socialization and behavioral training.

    This breed tends to drool and slobber.

    Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may also be hard to handle.

    The short, harsh coat is easy to groom.

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