All About: American Bulldogs

Ever wonder why they are called bulldogs? During the 19th century, Americans used these rugged dogs in the dangerous sport of bull baiting. In fact, these dogs were used so much for deadly sport that they were nearly extinct by the end of World War I. The few remaining American Bulldogs lived and worked on ranches and farms. A soldier by the name of John D. Johnson returned to Summerville, Georgia to find that almost all of the great animals had died off. He selected the healthiest and fittest bulldogs left in the South and bred them. Johnson’s efforts brought American Bulldogs back from the brink, making it possible to have these amazing dogs today.

American Bulldogs are stocky, sturdy dogs that won’t go down without a fight and are known for loving fiercely. They are large since they are part of the Mastiff family and a working breed, measuring between 20-28 inches in height and weighing 60-120 pounds. They have bulky, square heads, strong jaws, and barrel chests. American Bulldogs commonly have fur that is either mostly or partially white. Other colorings include red, brown, black, and brindle. The fur is short, making it easy to groom and maintain. Litters usually have ten to twelve puppies and life expectancy can be up to sixteen years. As a resilient breed, American Bulldogs have few health issue, but the most common ones include hip dysplasia and cancer in its various forms.

Are you thinking about welcoming an American Bulldog into your family? They are generally known to be wonderful with children and other household pets. Like any breed, they need to be trained early and consistently to ensure proper behavior as they grow into strong adults. However, even adults can be trained once they realize that stubbornness won’t get them anywhere. Daily walks will keep American Bulldogs healthy, and mental activities will support their intelligent nature. While they are large dogs, they don’t have extreme amounts of energy and will be content with daily walks and playtime with humans or other dogs. Training can be key as untrained dogs can be protective or disinterested in people. Socialization will also ensure that your American Bulldog can behave properly around other dogs. They are a loving, loyal breed that has survived with courage and persistence and would make an excellent addition to any dog-lover’s life.

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