American Bulldog

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
Nearly extinct after WWII, the American Bulldog was saved by the efforts of one man named John D. Johnson. Originally used for the blood sport of bull baiting, this breed became prized by farmers for their intelligence, working abilities, stamina, and protective nature. American Bulldogs were also used to hunt wild boar, bear, raccoon, and squirrel. Considered to be a rare breed, the American Bulldog is ranked number one for their versatile capabilities.

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Character
The American Bulldog is extremely athletic, powerful, and muscular. Strong and agile, this breed is very swift and is capable of leaping heights of six feet or more. They are brave, alert, courageous, and fearlessly determined.

Does your American Bulldog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
American Bulldogs are typically friendly, happy, and devoted. They get along very well with children but due to their size are best suited for homes with older considerate children. They will generally do well with other dogs they have been raised with but do not do well with other small household pets or cats. The American Bulldog is a faithful and loyal companion that has strong guarding instincts. They are reserved and wary of strangers and aggressive toward dogs they do not know. This breed is not recommended for the novice dog owner.
Care
The short coat is easy to groom. Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush will help minimize loose hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary using a mild shampoo. A relatively healthy breed, the American Bulldog may be prone to hip dysplasia.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The American Bulldog has a close fitting coat that is short and harsh. The coat color comes in solid white, with various combinations and patterns of brown, tan, red, and brindle. This breed is an average shedder.
Training
Early intense socialization and obedience training are an absolute must for this breed. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. The American Bulldogs talents include tracking, hunting, schutzhund, weight pulling, and guarding. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new American Bulldog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The American Bulldog does best when they are given a job to do. They enjoy frequent securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and romping in the yard. This breed does best on a farm with room to roam or in a home with a large fenced yard. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 70-120; Female: 60-100 lbs
Height
Male: 22-28; Female: 20-26 inches
Color(s)
white, brindle, brown, red, or tan

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American Bulldog Questions

What are the best ways to socialize an American Bully as an adult dog? She is 6 and does not like any dogs including small dogs.

Answer:
The American Bulldog is a very powerful and intense breed of dog. They need a TON of socialization as a young dog to ensure that they do not grow up with aggressive tendencies towards other dogs. Also because the breed has a fairly high prey drive, small dogs, children, and animals should always be supervised and the dog needs to be kept under control when around them. Since your dog is six years old and does not like dogs, the best way is to contact a Positive Reinforcement trainer and have him/her show you some techniques to help you work with his sociability.

I just recently got an American Bull dog and she is 6. It looks like she has had very little training and can be a lot to handle. Will training do her any good since she is 6 now?

Answer:
Any dog, at any age can go through training. The best thing to do, no matter the age of the dog is to set up a training class. Solidifying your bond with your new dog is critical and it will help you do move forward into her being a wonderfully obedient member of the family.

Do female American Bulldogs let their guard down around males when they first go into heat?

Answer:
There is not 'guard' as you say. When a female goes into heat, she goes through three stages. The first stage is when a females vulva starts to swell and she will start to excrete blood. At this stage, she will not allow a male to mount her. The second stage is when the blood will turn to a pale pink and/or a clean mucus and that is when a female will allow a male to mount her. The third stage is when the vulva starts to shrink, the female can excrete a pale pink to mild red mucus again that is normal. She will not allow a male to mount her at the end of her cycle.

If I was considering an American Bulldog puppy, I would be most concerned about?

Answer:
Size, temperament and hip problems would be the three main things for me. But getting your pup from a reputable, responsible and knowledgeable breeder is the best way to get a well-bred pup. The dog should grow to be in the standard and it's temperament should be playful and happy-go-lucky with people and dogs. No fear or shyness as that can lead to aggression problems. And then making sure that the sire and dam have had their health checks to ensure that your pup has the best start with life as possible.

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If you were considering an American Bulldog, your greatest concern depends on the home you bring the pup into. A general concern for me and most who purchased pups from me (I have owned American Bulldogs since 1994) is temperament. Be sure that your pup is sound. If their really shy, scary, or is showing any other behavior which may indicate a lack of confidence ... this can be a problem in the future. Just keep in mind that like humans, dogs have their own personalities too. A well bred American Bulldog should be very sound.

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