All About the American Bulldog
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The American Bulldog is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 23 to 27 inches.
Weight: 75 to 115 pounds.
Females – Height: 21 to 25 inches.
Weight: 60 to 85 pounds.
American Bulldogs are commonly white, black, red, brown, fawn, and all shades of brindle.
American Bulldogs were bred as work dogs, and they still display the characteristics that made them helpful on the farm.
They are alert, confident and friendly. They make good watchdogs and are extremely loyal to their owners. They also crave a lot of attention from their families
– don't expect this dog to sit off by itself in a corner.
American Bulldogs have lots of energy!
They require brisk daily activity, and they especially enjoy exercise with a purpose, such as helping their owners around the home.
- Bulldogs have a short, smooth coat.
- As shedders, they are a medium-maintenance grooming breed and should be brushed regularly.
- Their hindquarters are broad with big muscles, and their bodies are wide with a deep chest. They have well-muscled necks and broad muzzles.
10 to 16 years
The most common health concerns for American Bulldogs include canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid and kidney problems, and Ichthyosis. Entropion, ectropion and allergies are less common but still occur within the breed.
American Bulldogs can tolerate hot or cold climates. As work dogs, they are used to spending time outside.
Most American Bulldogs are good with children and quite protective of them. It helps if the dog is very young when it is introduced to the child, as this encourages proper socialization.
The breed can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially when they are young, and they do not usually do well with cats.
- Bulldogs came into the U.S. in the 1800s when immigrants brought their dogs with them when they came to America.
- There are three types of American Bulldogs:
- the bully, classic, Johnson type;
- the standard performance or Scott type;
- and the hybrid type.
- The Johnson and Scott types refer to John D. Johnson and Alan Scott, breeders who were key to their early development.
- American Bulldogs nearly went extinct in the U.S. as World War II wound down, which prompted Johnson and Scott's efforts to resurrect the breed.