Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): ABBB; Alapaha; Alapaha Bulldog; Otto
According to the Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association (ABBA) , this breed was developed in the U.S. south first for cattle and pig herding, and later as a family guard and companion. Little known outside the south, it hasn't been accepted into most show dog circles, so it may not appeal to the prospective exhibitor. However, it could be an interesting choice for the experienced dog owner interested in the preservation of rare breeds. Some fanciers believe the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is not different from the American Bulldog, though others claim that ABBBs have been bred separately, with an aim to preserve the old plantation dogs of the South.
Appearance / health:
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are strong, robust dogs that have typical bulldog looks with a broad forehead. Muscular in appearance, they have a deep, broad chest, drop ears, and a tail that curls upwards. The back is almost the same length as the height at the shoulders. The hips are narrower than the chest.
The grooming of these dogs is minimal. Combing and brushing is done occasionally to remove any unwanted hair. ABBBs are average shedders and bathing is done when necessary.
They require moderate amounts of exercise. Jogging or a daily long walk is necessary.
Owing to the limited gene pool, they are prone to entropion, or inversion of eyelids.
Behavior / temperament:
Alert and protective, ABBBs are fiercely protective of their family and home. Always dutiful and loving, they make ideal companion dogs and guard dogs. They are full of personality and are not afraid of even larger animals, probably owing to their bulldog ancestry.
They are fast learners and are not difficult to train as long as the training begins early.
They are generally not very noisy. However, individuals may vary.
outgoing personalities, natural protective instinct, great family dog, excellent working ability
alpha leader, ear infection
strong bodied bulldog
Life with CRK's Rampage
Rampage is my HERO and Saving Grace. As many know during a bad ice storm that left us weeks with out electricity I managed to catch the bedroom dresser on fire (using a candle for light) that was sitting directly next to my kids head. All four of them. Just before the flames reached the curtains and killed my children, Rampage drug me out of the recliner I was sleeping in until I awoke. He then drug me down the hall toward my kids crying the whole way. As I got halfway down the hall I could see light from the flames through the horrid smoke that filled the house. I got to the room just in time to grab a blanket and lay on the flames to smother them. The fire was not even an inch from the curtains and about 6 inches from my closest child. Ram then proceeded to get in the bed and start licking the kids and jumping around. As they awoke scared and bewildered he never left my side. I was able to scream loud enough to wake my step father in the next room and he helped the kids out as I finished putting out the fire. Even after the door was open and the kids were leaving, Ram stayed with me. He inhaled alot of smoke and got quite the cold and an ear infection from the subsequent bath he received because he was covered in soot. But he has made a full recovery and is my constant companion. Never have I seen such loyality..
From brokenhalo Jan 17 2010 6:48PM
The Best Breed You Can own!!
My first alapaha was Gypsy Rose and I have been hooked ever since. All of my dogs are ABBA registered . The Alapaha is a great family dog. While still having excellent working ability. They are great guard dogs ,but still good with allowed company and friends. They are extremely smart if a bit stubborn when first trained but once they learn something they are quick and consistant in their reponce to commands. They need proper socialization with people and dogs. An Alapaha left in a kennel with no socialization is dangerous. To people and other animals. But properly raised with other animals they are good with all kinds. Even cats and chickens. Alapahas need guidance and to be shown their owner and the owners family are the Alpha leaders. An Alapaha allowed to think he is alpha leader is unruly and snappish. Good obediance training makes this a non exsistant problem. Alapahas love people and need to be a part of the family.
Their coats are easy to groom . A quick rub down once a week with a rubber groomer keeps shedding down to a minamum. The majority of the Alapahas I have owned and met love water. Pools ,lakes, and streams they are quick to plunge in. And most love to chase a stream of water from the hose. Alapahas are great with kids! My daughter learned to stand by pulling herself up by my dogs jowls. They are so good natured and tolerant that even when she tries to ride them they would never think of snapping or being mean. Even when she climbs in with them and their new pups.
They are quite athletic without being crazy hyper. They are just as happy going on a 5 mile trail ride or hike as they are to relax on the couch with you. They are very tolerant of heat and cold for being bulldogs. I live in the south where it is HOT and HUMID. And with good shade and a kiddy pool to play in I have never has a dog over heat . And in the cold snow they act like champs playing and sliding with exuberance. They are extreme clowns and will keep you and your familly entertained for hours.
They are very versatile and athletic. I have seen them used in protection work, agility, therapy work, tracking, cattle work, as show dogs, as hunting dogs, and just good family companions.
They can be shown with rare breed dog show groups such as IABCA, Rarities INC, and ARBA.
I was recently asked if I was to breed any other kind of breed what would it be. And I can honestly say there is no other breed in the world that I like enough that I would want to put more of them in the world. This is not true of the Alapaha . Thier wonderful temperament, loyality, intelligence, and personalities make them a joy to have. Add to that the many beautiful colors they come in to please the eye and its a win win situation. I have had Alapahas for over 9 years now. Have bred and loved them everyday since getting my first. And will continue to have them till my dying day. A life without an Alapaha would be an empty life indeed.
From fortglory Jan 17 2010 6:55PM
If you like this look, the dog temperament is great!
My biggest problem with the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is that they are adorable as a puppy and ugly as adults...to me. BUT these dogs are highly trainable, sociable, sweet, and friendly. If you're looking for an easy dog then this is a great option. They are very strong and also a great guard dog..
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