Oregon, United States
Ohio, United States
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Breed group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): American Bull Dog; Old Country Bulldog
Country / place of origin: United States
History: The American Bulldog is registered by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in its Guardian Dog Group. The American Bulldog is taller and heavier than the English Bulldog, and was developed in the United States after World War II. 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.
Details: 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.
Average height and weight (mature size and weight): 20-28 inches, 60-120 pounds
Color / coat variations: The coat is known to be short, and stiff to touch. Coloring ranges from any shade of white, and varying shades of brindle, brown, red and tan.
Lifespan: 15-16 years
Litter size: 3-11 puppies
Grooming and shedding: 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.
Food habits: A healthy diet for the American Bulldog may eat fresh chicken and beef, along with raw vegetables and fruit, brown rice, oatmeal, and even cottage cheese and yogurt.
Climate and environment: The dog is fit for most climates, but care should be taken in especially hot climates due to their shorter snout.
Behavioral aspects: 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.
With children: With a genuine love of children and protective instincts the breed is appropriate with most children.
With other dogs and animals: Not overly aggressive with other animals, however they may be especially interested in, and chase after, animals they aren’t familiar with.
Training and learning rate: 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.
Agility: With some in the breed able to jump six feet in the air, they are quite agile. Their speed and power lend the breed to agility trials.
Affinity to water: Tends to love water and can swim adequately
How noisy are they: With a typical bark, they are average in frequency among the species.
Exercise: 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.
Health issues: Generally healthy, the breed is however prone to hip dysplasia.
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