Description: American Bulldogs are a large muscular breed. They are generally stalky, with long muzzles and a square-shaped head. The coat color is usually white with red, black, or brindle patches.
Size: Males are 20-27 inches and females are about 20-24 inches tall.
History: The origin of the American Bulldog is not very clear. Some believe it was brought over to America by colonists and used as a farm dog. They helped heard livestock, guard the farm and protect its families from vermin.
A second theory is that this so-called breed is made up. The ABD is a mixture of multiple breeds put together over a long period of time.
The third theory is that the English Bulldog was bread with other breeds to create or develop the American Bulldog that we see today.
Temperament: This breed is known for its stable temperament. The American Bulldog is loyal and protective to its family. They are alert, curious, bold, and fearless. The ABD can work well with other breeds and live with them too, but it works best if they are raised with them.
Grooming: The American Bulldog doesn’t require much care when it comes to grooming. The ABD sheds short coarse hair that should only be washed once every two months. Due to allergies, this breed can also have sensitive skin. The most important thing to remember is their ears. They need to be cleaned regularly or they can contract yeast infection.
Health: This breed has been known to be generally healthy. Like all other breeds, the American Bulldog has certain health concerns. Due to the selective breeding, not all ABD are affected. You should research the blood lines before purchasing a puppy from a random breeder.
It has been said that American Bulldogs tend to have hip and elbow dysplasia. Allergies are also common in this breed. Most veterinarians will tell you to give your dog a specific daily dose of Benadryl. ACL tears, bone cancer & problems with the kidney and liver have also been reported.
Exercise: Due to the American Bulldogs high energy and muscular build, these dogs require daily exercise. They were bread to work, so getting outdoors for a walk or jog will make them very happy.
Lifespan: The ABD has a lifespan of 10-15 years.
Trivia: This working breed not only shows its skills outside on the farm, but also has talents on the big screen. You can watch famous American Bulldog actors on the movies Homeward Bound, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Little Rascals.