Size: Large Height: 48 - 71 cm (19 - 28 inches) Weight: 30 - 58 kg (65 - 130 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Minimal Exercise: Demanding Feeding: Medium Temperament: Fearless & confident Country of Origin: United States AKC Group: Not registered Other Names: Old Country Bulldog
Temperament: 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.
Grooming: American Bulldogs don't need much grooming except when coat is shedding. During these times coat should be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush to remove dead hairs.
Exercise: 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.
History: In 1800s a number of European immigrants brought original type of Bulldog from England to 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 end of World War II. It was John Johnson, Alan Scott and some other dedicated breeders who managed to revive this breed and develop American Bulldog from them.