Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted October 1, 2015
The American Bulldog joins the class of Working Dog Breeds. They are very active, strong, and resilient creatures. Although they can be friendly, they are seen as dangerous due to their size and muscular built. They are often confused with the American Pit Bull and are sometimes seen as a liability.
American Bulldogs are very active. They can be rowdy and hyperactive. They also love to jump; especially as puppies. This can be a problem especially when company comes over. They have to have regular opportunities to vent their energy and exercise. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which can result in excessive barking and destructive chewing. They also need wide open spaces to run and jump. In addition, because of their size and high level of activity, they are not recommended in homes with the elderly and small children. To control them when walking, a harness is recommended as opposed to a collar.
American Bulldogs temperament is varied from friendly to standoffish. They are very protective of their owners and can be very suspicious of strangers. In order to develop a stable temperament, socialization is highly recommended. They can also be very aggressive towards other animals, especially animals of the same sex.
Although their coat is short and smooth, American Bulldogs do shed quite a lot. They need to be brushed and bathed, but professional grooming is not needed.
Unfortunately, American Bulldogs do come with their share of health concerns. They can have serious hip and joint problems. Obesity will only exacerbate this condition so it is recommended that along with exercise, they need a balanced diet. In addition, they can have skin allergies, and eye problems.
I do not recommend American Bulldogs to people who do not want a large dog who needs constant exercise and activity. I also do not recommend this pet if they have a small apartment as they were not designed to become housepets.