Although the exact origins of the American Bulldog are still not entirely clear, it is believed that they stemmed from the English Bulldogs who arrived in North America with European settlers. Despite the great variety within the breed today, the American Bulldog is believed to be the most typical example of the original 17th and 18th century English Bulldogs.
Bred and bred primarily for hunting and as a guard dog, the American Bulldog was also used in Bull bait, a cruel and bloody sport in which the American Bulldog would publicly fight and take down a bull. The American Bulldog is most commonly found on ranches in the southern states of the United States, where it is also known as the Southern White, Country Bulldog, and White Bulldog.
American Bulldog Physical
The American Bulldog is a large and powerful dog breed that belongs to the Mastiff family. They share many of their characteristics with other mastiff breeds, including their small, half pendant-shaped ears and their broad, square head.
The American Bulldog is larger, faster, and more agile than the English Bulldog and has such powerful hind legs that it can jump up to 6 feet in height. The American Bulldog has a short, coarse coat that can be found in a variety of colors, but most notably white and brindle. They are an incredibly muscular and powerful breed that was bred as hunters, guardians, and to fight (and win) against bulls.
American Bulldog Behaviour
The American Bulldog is a fearless, fearless breed known for being incredibly aggressive when threatened. They are friendly and even sociable dogs, however, as they are known to be kept in a pack that mainly hunts large carnivores, such as bears.
They are also known to be loyal and devoted to their owner as long as they establish themselves as the leader of the pack (otherwise dominance issues can occur).
Although the American Bulldog is not included in the UK’s Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991, it is not uncommon for it to be confused with more aggressive breeds such as Pit Bulls. These dogs are unrelated but are actually prohibited, so any potential American Bulldog owner is encouraged to acquire the proper documentation to prove their dog is not a dangerous breed.
American Bulldog Breeding
The America Bulldog’s coat color, along with very subtle differences in general appearance and temperament, is said to differ between different areas. In regions where the American Bulldog is more popular, dogs are said to differ between these locations, suggesting that the American Bulldog is more commonly bred with individuals living nearby.
After their near extinction in the 1940s, it is believed that nearly all American Bulldogs found throughout America today were derived from dogs raised by just two breeders in the mid-1900s. Females give birth to between 6 and 11 puppies. per litter and can often live to more than 15 years.
Interesting Facts and Features
Despite being a widely spread and popular breed today, the American Bulldog was nearing extinction by the mid-20th century. Upon returning from service in World War II, John D. Johnson decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and resumed breeding the American Bulldog in the United States, eventually saving this breed from disappearing forever.
The American Bulldog was first recognized as an official breed in 1970 when it was registered as the American Pit Bulldog. However, the name of this domestic breed was soon changed to American Bulldog to avoid confusion with the American Pit Bull Terrier (to which this breed can look quite similar and the two can often be confused).