Bulldog American

The American Bulldog is a breed of dog bred for herding, herding and hunting. Physically, they are characterized by a robust body with a broad head and short muzzle. In addition, they are noted for their protective and loyal character.

General details

The breed has a medium size with a weight that varies between 30 and 40 kilograms. Regarding height, males vary between 50 and 71 centimeters and females between 50 and 61 centimeters. Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years and they are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

During the 18th century, with the arrival of colonization in America, the American Bulldog breed was introduced and acquired a prominent role as a working dog. These dogs were used as livestock guardians, as well as for herding and hunting functions. After World War II, the American Bulldog was on the verge of extinction. However, thanks to the efforts of breeders such as John Johnson and Alan Scott, breeding programs were implemented that succeeded in increasing the number of dogs. These two breeders gave their names to two recognized variants of the breed: the Johnson type, also known as the classic, and the Scott type, which represents the standard. Today, the American Bulldog continues to play a variety of roles, from companionship and protection to work in different areas.

Breed characteristics

This breed has maintained its appearance throughout history. The classic type has a more developed musculature, is larger and has a shorter muzzle, while the standard type is more elegant, smaller and has a longer muzzle. American Bulldogs are muscular and robust dogs, they have a broad and strong head, their jaws are very powerful and they have a large nose and brown eyes. The coat is short and glossy, and can be solid white or white combined with brindle, brown, red, fawn or tan. The American Bulldog is a good companion and is a very loyal dog, they require a lot of attention from their owners, but can be aloof with strangers. They also have a strong protective and guardian nature, so they are not known to get along well with other animals. This is a problem that with early socialization may not occur. With training this dog can be very obedient and its dominant character can be balanced, but it is not a dog recommended for beginners.

Common health problems

This breed of dog usually enjoys good health, however, they can be prone to different diseases such as hip dysplasia, entropion, elbow dysplasia, alopecia and deafness. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends a cardiac screening examination, as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: lipofuscinosis, ichthyosis and hyperuricosuria (optional).

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