The American Bulldog is confident, gentle, fearless, determined and protective. American Bulldogs should not be overly aggressive with other dogs depsite their self-confidence and bravery. These dogs genuinely love children and have strong protective instincts towards their handler and family. To prevent American Bulldogs from becoming overly protective or dominant they need to be socialized with a variety of animals, people and situations during puppyhood. They tend to be reserved towards strangers and make excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. American Bulldogs make truly devoted and loving pets when they receive proper training and socialization from an early age.
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American Bulldogs don't need much grooming except when the coat is shedding. During these times the coat should be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hairs.
American Bulldogs are extremely energetic and need plenty of exercise. They enjoy long walks, jogging, playing catch or participating in agility trials. If American Bulldogs receive adequate daily exercise they should be calm when indoors.
In the 1800s a number of European immigrants brought the original type of Bulldog from England to the United States. These Bulldogs had been used for bull baiting in England until this brutal sport became illegal. As a result these dogs disappeared from Britain and made their way to America with working class immigrants. These dogs were used to work with livestock, but almost became extinct by the end of World War II. It was John Johnson, Alan Scott and some other dedicated breeders who managed to revive this breed and develop the American Bulldog from them.
General Appearance: Sturdy, athletic, powerful, muscular and hardy.
Color: Any color, color pattern, or combination of colors is acceptable, except for solid black, solid blue, and tricolor (white with patches of black and tan).
Coat: Short, close, and stiff to touch.
Tail: Set low, tapering and can either be natural or docked (a natural tail is preferred).
Ears: Set high, of medium size and may be dropped, semi-pricked or rose-shaped. The ears may be cropped but natural ears are preferred.
Body: The chest is deep and moderately wide with well sprung ribs. The back is broad and muscular with the topline slightly declining downwards. The loin is short, broad, and slightly arched, blending into a moderately sloping croup. The flank is moderately tucked up and firm.
- The American Bulldog is higher on the leg and more agile than the English Bulldog. Some of these dogs are reportedly able to leap six feet or more into the air.
- The American Bulldog should not be confused with uniquely different breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier.