American Bulldog

This sturdy breed of bulldogs is of the brave and determined kind. The American Bulldog is popularly known for its loyalty toward its master and is considered highly affectionate with children. With its tendency to drool and slobber, this breed can get hard to handle if not trained firmly at an early age. Also, they should be trained to socialize with strangers from an early age so that they don’t get awkward with them later on.


American Bulldog Breed Information


History
The American Bulldogs date back to 17th century where they were used for Bull bating- which is a sport where the bull fights the bulldogs in a ring. When the sport got outlawed in 1835, the breed was used as working dogs and also for hunting seal, raccoons and other preys. They did extremely well as guard dogs in WW2 until they started becoming extinct. John D. Johnson is the sole reason of the existence of this breed in today’s world. He gathered the best specimens from the rural south and brought back the American Bulldog from the verge of extinction. Also, once their breed got out of danger, they were retained to the original bulldog size.
Personality
This headstrong and stubborn breed can behave in quite a friendly and gentle manner if taught from the beginning. Moreover, this is a very strong and powerful breed which is widely known for its act of heroism toward its owner. The American Bulldog is way more fast, well-built and swift compared to its English counterpart. Once they are trained properly, they can get along really well with strangers and other animals.
  • Activity Level: 4/5 (quite sporty)
  • Intelligence Level: 3.5 (have a mind of their own)
  • Curiosity: 4.5/5 (highly curious)
  • Friendliness: 3/5 (moderately friendly)
  • Vocal: 3/5(moderately vocal)
Appearance
The American Bulldog has an appearance most dogs would envy of. This tall, large chested breed has a muscular and massively heavy-boned structure. This confident breed reaches up to a height of 20-27 inches with strong and long legs. They make up for excellent watch dogs as their look can haunt the souls of any intruders. Their mammoth, bulky heads have wide box-like muzzles and furrowed eye-brows.
  • Fur: They have short, coarse coats which come in color combinations of either complete white or white with colors like tan, fawn, red and brindle.
  • Eyes: They have unique, well-defined rounded eyes which can come about in any color. Black eye rims are the most preferred with white bulldogs. They also come with pink rims which according to the general standard are a default.
  • Body Structure: These voluminous bulldogs are huge and hefty but very light on their feet. With muscular cheeks, large head with strong and powerful legs, they are considered so agile that they can take a leap of over six-feet.
  • Facial Features: With a black nose and un-cropped ears, this beast looks fearless and confident on the out front itself.
  • Weight: The male American Bulldogs weigh around 70-120 pounds while the female weigh around 60-100 pounds.
Health and Care
The American Bulldog is a highly healthy dog breed with minimal cases of infections and other ailments. Though, it is one breed which is the most prone to hip dysplasia. Another disease which it is highly vulnerable to is neurodegenerative diseases. For this disease, there is a Neuronal CeroidLipofuscinosis (NCL) test which is highly recommended. The short, harsh coat of the American Bulldog doesn’t require a lot of grooming. A bath when necessary and weekly brushing with a firm, bristle brush is enough. The breed is not a very heavy shedder too, so one can be relieved of a lot of cleaning up work. Long daily walks are a must.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at help@pickapaw.com