- AKC recognized: N/A
- Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Size: Large
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate
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The American Bulldog originated in the United States around the 18th century.
The original breed was preserved by working-class immigrants. They brought their dogs to the American South. They used them to do many farm works such as watchdog, catcher dog, and stock dog.
There is no clear records for the pedigrees of the American Bulldog. This breed was almost extinct by the time of WWII.
It was John D. Johnson, Alan Scott, and several other breeders who successfully revived them. What’s more, the result of this revitalization is 2 different types of American Bulldog, classified as Standard and Classic.
Today there are a lot of breeds mixed from these two original lines.
The American Bulldog is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. Yet, they have been registered in other organizations like The American Canine Registry and The United Kennel Club.
These medium energy dogs are known as active and confident. They are also affectionate to their family.
They can be protective toward the owners by showing aggression to any strangers, so obedience training is recommended. They can be quite great with children. Again, they still need close supervision as running or screaming kids can easily set them off. It is important for you to teach both your children and dog about how to treat each other properly.
Although they have a loving personality, this does not necessarily go the same when they meet other dogs. Without proper training, they can start a fight even to their own pack!
You can expect them to be very energetic and this energy needs to be managed, along with early obedience training. You can release any pent-up energy by offering them plenty of exercises every day. They can do a lot of things like walking, running, biking, swimming, or even skateboarding.
The Classic American Bulldog has a bulky body with heavy bone structure and a large head.
The Classic's appearance is more bully than the Standard. Speaking of which, the Standard American Bulldog has an athletic and moderate body.
Both of these types have a short and smooth coat. In the past, a white-colored coat was more dominant with red, black, or brindle patches. Now there are more color patterns like red, black, brown, fawn, and various brindle shades.
The eye color is usually brown, but there are a few cases of heterochromia, which is a difference in coloration, usually of the iris but also of hair or skin.
Generally, the height of American Bulldog is 20-28 inches with a weight between 60-120 pounds. But, some dogs can exceed these dimensions, especially the non-working ones.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The American Bulldog has a short coat, but they can shed a lot, especially during changes in season. Thus, brushing it every day is necessary to remove dead hair. This also works to distribute skin oils.
This dog breed will require a lot of exercise. You can play fetch with them or do other sports games like running, swimming, skateboarding, etc. Do the training from the first day you have the dog. Aim for between 20-60 minutes of daily, moderate exercise.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate for most adult American Bulldogs.
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