Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): American Bull Dog; Old Country Bulldog
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.
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
This dog is the first dog that I can actually say that I owned for myself. I helped to birth the pup and worked with it through much of its early development. I think that doing this led me to having the best dog I could have ever asked for. This breed is a bit big. They certainly think that they are small little lap dogs, but even with them smashing you by accident they are so loving. This type of dog will be perfect for families and active people. Make sure that you have the time and energy to keep up with the dog..
From Briscarben Aug 26 2017 5:19AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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