The American Bulldog has been popular in the United States for over 100 years because of its power and its short, stocky build. While it was originally bred to be a tough and ferocious dog that loved to hunt other animals, the American Bulldog is now seen as a great family pet.
American Bulldogs are one of the largest short breeds, with males weighing anywhere from 75 to 125 and females between 65 and 100 pounds. All American Bulldogs are going to end up being right around 2 feet tall with thick, stocky shoulders and long legs.
While they are often white, the breed can be found in other colors as well, such as brown, red, and fawn.
One of the things that many owners find great about American Bulldogs is their short and smooth coat, which means they don't shed as often or as much as most other breeds.
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American Bulldog breed information:
There aren't too many breeds that are as confident as this one. They love to please their owners and are happy to run around and play as long as someone is there to do it with them.
Many people look at this breed and think that they are probably lazy, but the fact is that they are as athletic as dogs come and can run for hours. This behavior is pretty uncommon for larger breeds, so it comes as a shock to some owners who were expecting a dog that would lay around the house all day.
It is essential that American Bulldog puppies learn to act properly around other dogs as soon as possible. While it's still possible that they will not get along with dogs of the same sex later on in life, letting them socialize as pups will give them a much higher chance of understanding how to act around other dogs throughout their lives.
American Bulldogs are as great with children as they are with adults. They have a great instinct to be gentle around kids, while at the same time love playing with them and releasing energy running around with them.
They were originally bred to be aggressive, so by nature they do not like other dogs or other animals. Despite that, it's not uncommon at all for them to grow up and get along with other pets. Also, well-trained dogs can always learn how to act around other dogs.
They definitely do not like cats. Unless they grow up with a cat inside of the house, it is usually recommended that a feline of any kind is not introduced into an American Bulldog's environment. It's not uncommon at all for a loose Bulldog to see a cat and chase it until it gets tired.
As guard dogs, there are only a few breeds that are considered better than the American Bulldog. They are loyal to their families, so they will respond if they think the family could potentially be in any danger. They should be trained to like new people, though, as some American Bulldogs can be a bit too aggressive around new people.
Most American Bulldogs very much dislike being left alone for long periods of time. Some will be okay if it's just an hour or two here and there, but this breed is known for getting emotional and anxious if they are without their family members for too long. Younger American Bulldogs can destroy furniture and other parts of the house, so it's always a better idea to never leave them alone for too long.
American Bulldogs need to be trained so that they learn how to socialize properly and so they can learn who's boss. While it's not absolutely necessary for the owner to have experience training dogs, it is recommended that owners know exactly how to train this breed. They aren't the easiest breed to train, but they respond well once they know who is in charge.
Like with most other breeds, it takes some time for American Bulldogs to learn commands. Slow and steady is the best approach with American Bulldogs, and they absolutely love to be rewarded when they learn something new.
Owners need to have a calm and patient approach with their American Bulldogs because it doesn't take much for them to lose concentration during training. Once you get through to them, however, it's not too tough at all to teach them new commands in a short time frame.
American Bulldogs were bred to work hard, so they need to be taken on at least one long walk per day, though two would be even better. If they don't get regular exercise, they will exert their energy in the house, which can lead to a lot of damage.
Along with walks, the breed will run with your and play as long as you allow them to. There is nothing happier than a dog that is allowed to run around until his heart's content. It's also the best way to bond with them, so it's a win-win for everyone.
As far as grooming goes, the breed needs less than just about every other breed of dog out there. Brushing should be done more to keep their fur smooth than to keep them from shedding.
American Bulldogs keep themselves clean for the most part, so baths should only be given when they have gotten muddy or they begin to smell in the hit months.
To prevent bad breath, their teeth should be brushed weekly. This will also keep them from losing their teeth later on in life.
While it's not necessarily grooming, American Bulldogs drool quite a bit, so owners will need to clean up their drool every now and then. That's a small price to pay considering how limited the other grooming needs are, though.
You may look at the breed and think that they'd have a shorter lifespan than most other breeds, but the fact is that they generally live 10-16 years, and are very active even in old age. The ones that are well taken care of throughout their lives can live even longer than that.
American Bulldogs often have allergy issues. While this isn't usually a major health concern, owners should be prepared for it and have medication ready for their dogs.
Who Should Own an American Bulldog:
The American Bulldog is well-liked all over the world, but that doesn't mean that they'd make the perfect pet for everyone. People who know how to show a dog who's boss and is willing to be patient would be great owners for American Bulldogs.
A large house with a large year would be perfect for an American Bulldog, but not absolutely necessary as long as they aren't kept cramped up in the house for too many hours during the day. Someone who loves to exercise and work with their dogs outside would be an ideal companion for an American Bulldog.
An American Bulldog owner should also be willing to learn about their dog's bloodline so they are better prepared for the type of Bulldog they are going to have. This makes it much easier to train them and any of the personality quirks that the dog has can be trained out of them early on.
Most of all, an American Bulldog owner should be with a person or family who is going to love it and take care of it full-time. These dogs want to be loved and live long and happy lives when they can depend on their owners for everything they need.
Who Shouldn't Own an American Bulldog:
It's okay for a first-time dog owner to own an American Bulldog, but it's not recommended because they aren't the easiest breed to get through to. If you aren't willing to fail a lot during training, this dog will probably give you a lot of headaches. Of course, if that's okay with you and you are willing to stick it out, that's not a big problem.
American Bulldogs need to get as much exercise as you can give them, so if you don't have that type of time, this breed probably wouldn't be right for you. Not only will you have an unhappy dog who will probably destroy your house, you will also end up with an unhealthy dog.
American Bulldogs may be great family dogs when they are with the right families, but that doesn't mean that they are right for everyone. There's no shame in knowing that you don't have what it takes to take care of this breed.
The American Bulldog is an amazing breed that will make the right owner very happy because of its loyalty and playfulness. A well-trained adult will be a great mix of family companion and guard dog, which is pretty much as good as it gets when you are looking for a new dog.
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