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American Bulldog Breed Fact Sheet

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American Bulldog Breed Information

Group: Working

Energy Level: high

Original Function: General Farm Dog of the South as a hunter, guardian

Temperament: American Bulldogs should not be excessively timid, shy or aggressive towards man and preferably not overly aggressive with other dogs.

Characteristics: Essential characteristics of the American Bulldog are those which enable it to work as a hog and cattle catching dog, and a protector of personal property. These tasks require a powerful, agile, confident dog with a large head and powerful jaws. The American Bulldog is a gentle, loving family companion who is fearless enough to face an angry bull or a human intruder; Good with children; Good with pets

Recommended for: Firm, Responsible people & families.

Be Aware This dog is not a recognised breed with the Australian governing body (ANKC). So when purchasing a pup try to buy from breeders who are registered with other governing org's, such as the American Bulldog Society.

Lifespan: Up to 16 years

 

Height: Height- Dogs 22-28 inches (55-70 cm)
Bitches 20-26 inches (52-65 cm)

Weight: Dogs 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg.) Bitches 60-100 pounds (27-45kg.)

Colour: combinations of solid or varying degrees of white, all shades of brindle, brown, red, or tan.

Coat: short, harsh coat

General Appearance: Large, very muscular, sturdy dog with a large, powerful head and jaws. He is very strong, but agile and light on his feet. The head is square and broad with muscular cheeks and a furrow between the rounded eyes. The strong muzzle is shaped like a box. A variety of ear types are acceptable including rose, half-pricked and pendant.

 

 

Early Bulldogs were used in the bloody sport of bull bating. Some of these dogs emigrated with their masters from England to America. Eventually the English Bulldog was bred down in size and his personality was softened, but the American version remained a larger, fiercer dog.
The American version has longer legs and more speed and agility than the English show dog. Thanks to the efforts of John D. Johnson of Summerville, Georgia the American Bulldog exists today.
The American Bulldog has also been used as a guard and in hunting bear, wild boar, squirrel and raccoon. They have even been trained to drive cattle and guard stock from predators. Farmers prize these dogs for their stamina, protectiveness, intelligence and working abilities. Some of the American Bulldogs talents are hunting, watchdogging, tracking, weight pulling, and guarding.

An American Bulldog should never be confused with uniquely different breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Bulldog is a brave and determined, but not hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children. Because of its strong protective instincts, the American Bulldog should be well-socialized and obedience trained at an early age. Some may be aggressive with other dogs and reserved with strangers. They need to be around people to be truly happy. This breed tends to drool and slobber.

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

Exercise- Moderate exercise is needed.

Health- A very healthy, hardy dog. Some strains have hip dysplasia. For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition

 

 

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