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American Bulldog

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Other name(s): American Bull Dog; Old Country Bulldog

The basics:
The American Bulldog might be best thought of as an emerging breed that's taller and heavier than the English Bulldog. Developed in the US after World War II, it isn't yet fully recognized as a pure breed by all kennel clubs. However, it's a rather popular dog in pop culture, appearing in a number of feature films and even a Deftones music video. They do require consistent training and exercise, but they can be rewarding pets for active, confident owners.

The best known types of American Bulldog, the Johnson type and the Scott type, are named after the two breeders who were influential in developing them in the late 1940's. The Johnson dogs tend to be more massive, with a larger, broader head and shorter muzzle, and the Scott dogs tend to be lighter in muscle and bone.

Appearance / health:
Being quicker and more agile than their English counterparts, the American Bulldog sits higher on the legs. They are muscular and sturdy with large proportions. Facial characteristics typical to the breed are a strong, box-shaped muzzle, a furrow between the eyes and a steep stop. The lips tend to be loose and are black in black nosed dogs. Males tend to be stockier and have heavier bones than the females.

Easy grooming is one benefit to the breed, as the short coat makes the task rather simple. They should only be bathed when necessary, and are average shedders. Brushing with a firm bristle brush or rubber mitt is recommended.

American Bulldogs require a moderate level of exercise, but if it is handled efficiently, they can do well in apartments. An average sized yard is recommended.

Generally healthy, the breed is however prone to hip dysplasia.

Behavior / temperament:
Described as friendly, assertive and obedient, the American Bulldog makes for a loving family companion. The breed is known for its acts of heroism towards its masters and is capable of fighting wild dogs, bulls, and sometimes even fire. They can be powerful and willful at times, and it is suggested that they are obedience trained at an early age.

Known to be stubborn, it’s recommended that training and socialization begin at an early age. Once trained, they seem to be exceptionally faithful to their masters. They can be difficult to housebreak, but with consistency they get the hang of things.

With a typical bark, they are average in frequency among the species.


best guard dog, obedient dog, weight pulling, funloving, personality, family oriented dog


training issue, firm boss, aggressive look, bad skin, dog aggression issues, mast cell tumors


protection sports, breed needs love, therapy dog, it's raw strength, rowdy clown, energy level

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