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
"Up until 8 years ago, I wasn't aware of how important dental cleanings are for dogs. Sure, my dogs had bad breath, but I thought that was the norm. I did become concerned when my one senior shepherd had such bad breath, you could smell it from across the room! My vet said, we can fix that with a simple cleaning. I was skeptical at first, but once he came home and I smelled NOTHING, not a trace of stink, I was convinced this was the absolute best thing since sliced bread! I had all of my dogs teeth cleaned and took my family members canines in as well. If you are concerned about anesthesia, I understand your concern. Having a dog go under for any procedure is scary. I was especially worried about my 11 year old senior, but he handled it like a champ. You can expect them to be sleepy afterward and a bit "off" for a few hours. You can't give them soft food until later that evening or next day. I kept him on soft food for a few days to be safe, but by the next morning he was 100% back to himself! The importance of these routine cleanings go beyond bad breath. Health problems and other diseases have been related back to gum disease or mouth issues in dogs. If you can be proactive and have their teeth cleaned every 6 months, you will be doing yourself and your dog a huge favor! ."
From Emily S 25 days ago
"Have you ever seen a puppy and thought, "Aww, isn't he just the cutest little thing?" That was our reaction when we first saw Conan. He was the smallest pup in his litter and he was all white with a black patch over one eye. That first month my daughter wanted to carry him everywhere, but it wasn't long before he went from being a tiny puppy to the size of a miniature pony! <br> American bulldogs can be great dogs, but you definitely need to be sure that your family and lifestyle match it's needs. As he grew, we realized we didn't have the space to accommodate such a big dog in our home or the energy to keep up with him. The problem was that even though we had a backyard with a decent amount of space, he was extremely sensitive to the sun. We sadly learned this one day when we left him outside to play while we did a quick grocery run. When we arrived at home, poor Conan had a sun blister on his neck. That was the last time we left him outside for more than a couple of minutes at a time. <br> Having him indoors then became a game of hide all the breakables. Imagine a bouncing fluffy bunny...now imagine that bunny is the size of a small 100 lb. pony. It was like setting a bull loose in a china shop. He meant well, but he couldn't help himself. He had a whole lot of energy and no way to release it other than trampling through the house. <br> If you are considering getting an American Bulldog, make sure you have time to play and help them get rid of all that energy. If you're not into going for long walks, hikes, runs, or other activities where they can expend energy this is NOT the dog for you! Besides providing exercise, you need to make sure that you socialize them. They tend to be very protective of their owners and if they are not socialized they can become aggressive towards other dogs and people. You should also take care if you have smaller children as they can be very rough when playing without realizing they are being rough. If you can provide the time to do all that is required and don't mind a strong-willed dog with some drooling here and there, this can be a great dog for you.."
From Rozisfocused Jun 7 2015 2:06AM