American Bulldog Dog Breed Information


American Bulldog Quick Facts
American Bulldog
Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Origen: United States
Nickname: Old Country Bulldog
Weight: 60-120 lbs
Height: 20-28 inches
Color(s): White, brindle, brown, red, or tan


American Bulldog Appearance

The American Bulldog is a powerful, athletic, medium size breed with a great muscular strength and potent jaws. Though larger in size, they are the closest surviving relative of the Old English Bulldog. There are generally considered to be two types of American Bulldog, the Johnson type and the Scott type; named like that after the breeder. These are more commonly known as Classic, or Bully type.

The Johnson is generally a larger, heavier dog with a shorter muzzle. Scott types often resemble a large, leggy Pit Bull. The Johnson type is often confused with the "white" Boxer due to the strong resemblance between the two breeds. Their eye color is usually brown. Sometimes they have a black pigmentation on the nose and eye. American Bulldogs can be droolers. The American Bulldog is strong, stocky dog that has a short coat that is stiff to touch. Their coat color is white, brindle, brown, red, or tan. The weight of the American Bulldog is around 60-120 pounds; and the height around 20-28 inches.

American Bulldog Temperament

The American Bulldog is gentle, energetic and playful. This muscular breed possesses great strength, tenacity, determination and confidence. Its best owned by active people who can meet their exercise needs. Although he is usually calm and self possessed he must have vigorous exercise to stay fit and happy. The American Bulldog is quick learner and will respect his master. He doesn’t like to be left along for long period of times. His attitude toward estrangers varies from friendly to unapproachable.

Early socialization is an absolute requirement to promote a stable temperament. When properly introduced and socialized, this breed can become a great family pet. Some American bulldogs are very protective of owners, and have been known to become aggressive with other dogs. But overall they are great family pets. American Bulldogs are at their best when they are given a job or task to accomplish. These dogs love to be walked frequently with a secure leash. They enjoy playing with family members and romping and roaming in a generous yard.

Is American Bulldog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The American Bulldog will do okay in an apartment if they are given regular attention, stimulation and exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. Many people actually recommend and believe that it is preferable keep American Bulldogs indoors because they are not well equipped for the different weather elements.

It is important to note that this breed's level of training requirements is moderately high. These dogs do not do well with self discipline and, thus, they will need much attention and time. Because they are highly intelligent and confident they have been known to get in trouble easily and become inappropriately protective. These potential problems can be remedied with proper attention, care and training.

American Bulldog Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Bulldog is around 12-14 years.

American Bulldog Health problems

The American Bulldog major concerns are: NCL (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis), enlarged hearts, disorders of the kidney and thyroid, skin disorders, ACL tears, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, and bone cancer.

American Bulldog Care and Grooming

This breed of dog sheds regularly and thus, brushing its coat regularly is a good idea. You can use either a bristle brush or a rubber mitt to groom your American Bulldog's coat. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

American Bulldog Shedding

The American Bulldog is a light to moderate shedder and therefore may be not good for allergy suffers.