American Bulldog

About the American Bulldog

The American Bulldog is a powerful, athletic short-coated dog, strongly muscled, and well boned. The American Bulldog generates the impression of great strength, endurance and exhibits a well-knit, sturdy compact frame. The American Bulldog should be evaluated as a working dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog's ability to work.

Bulldogs in England were originally working dogs who drove and caught cattle and guarded their masters' property. The breed's strength, courage, and familiarity with livestock led to its popularity in the brutal sport of bull baiting. When this sport was outlawed in England, the original type of Bulldog disappeared from Britain and was replaced with the shorter, stockier, less athletic dog we now know as the English Bulldog. The original Bulldog, however, was preserved by working class immigrants who brought their working dogs with them to the American South. Small farmers and ranchers used this all-around working dog for many tasks. By the end of World War II, however, the breed was almost extinct. Mr. John D. Johnson, a returning war veteran, decided to resurrect this breed. Along with Alan Scott and several other breeders, Johnson began carefully to breed American Bulldogs, keeping careful records and always with an eye for maintaining the breed's health and working abilities.

American Bulldog Facts

Dog Size:
25 inches
Female Height:
20 to 25 inches
Male Weight
75 to 125 pounds
Female Weight:
60 to 100 pounds
All white, pied, or up to 90% color; brindle or red patches (red is defined as any shade of tan, brown or red)
Dog Coat Type:
The coat is short, close, and stiff to the touch
Powerful, agile, confident dog with a large head and powerful jaws. Good Companion
With Children:
Good, loves children
With Pets:
Excellent with other pets, especially when raised together.
Special Skills:
Guard dog:
Care Info:
Brush coat with a firm bristle brush or rubber mitt and bathe only when necessary
Training Info:
Puppies should have early socialisation
Learning Rate:
Living Environment Info:
Indoor or outdoor
Health Issues Info:
A very healthy, hardy dog. Some strains have hip dysplasia
Life Span:
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