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
"Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5: - Osteoarthritis - Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies) - Cardiovascular disorders - Renal disease - Cognitive function and neurological health In cases where disease (i.e. ostheoarthritis) is already present, it might be challenging to get required dose through diet, thankfully supplements can help there. In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use. Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation. To sum up: - Consult your vet about the dose. - Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio. - Don't use on and off but permanently.."
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 46 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP<br />www.mywoofgang.com."
From myWoofgang 23 days ago