American Bulldog

Other names/Nicknames:

  • Old Country Bulldog

Country/Date of Origin:

  • United States
  • 1700’s

Height:

  • 19 to 28 inches

Weight:

  • 65 to 130 pounds

Personality:

  • Calm in nature.
  • Intelligent and eager learners.
  • Bold and outgoing.
  • Loyal.

History:

This powerful working breed is a descendant of the original working Bulldogs brought to this country from England in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Intelligent, athletic, and naturally protective, they are farm and family guardians and can still be used for their original jobs—hog catching and bulldogging (catching and controlling unruly cattle).  Most American Bulldogs are used as working farm dogs in the South.  In recent years, the breed has become more recognizable due to its use in several movies such as Disney’s Homeward Bound and the new Little Rascals.

Body Type:

  • Resembles a long-legged Bulldog.
  • The tail is docked short.
  • The small, highset ears fold forward and are not altered.

Coat:

  • Short, shiny, and harsh in texture
  • Allowed colors are white or white with brindle or tan patches.
  • It is desired that more than half the coat should be white.
  • Minimal grooming required.

Health and Wellness:

  • Generally very robust.
  • Possible hip dysplasia.

What you should know:

  • Quarrelsome with other dogs.
  • Can be aggressive with strangers on its property.
  • Obedience training is recommended.