American Bulldog

American Bulldog

Description

The muscular, strong and powerful, yet smaller frame of the American Bulldog is more agile and swifter than its English breed counterpart. Some American Bulldogs are able to jump six or more feet into the air. Males are distinctively stockier and heavier boned than the more refined females. The head is substantial with solid jaws. Light-footed and light on his feet, the midsection is wide and tolerably profound making it more athleitically capable. There is a characterized groove between the wider placed eyes, with an unique, strongly characterized, profound stop. The solid mouth is expansive and square. Uncropped ears are favored in the American Bulldog Breeders Association (ABBA) standard. Eyes can come in any color. Black eyed edges are favored on white canines. Pink eye edges are viewed as a shortcoming as indicated by the ABBA standard. The lips ought to be full yet not excessively detached. The front legs are large-boned, solid and straight. The rump ought to be extremely wide and thick with generally characterized muscles. The tail is low-set, starts thick at the base, and decreases to a point. The cover is smooth and short, and comes in all shades of spot including red mottle, differing degrees of white, red, tan, tan, stoop and piebald.

 

Disposition

The American Bulldog is loyal, brave and bull hearted. However, they are not hostile dogs in the least. Very aware and confident, they genuinely love kids of all ages. The bulldog is known for its acts of heroism and bravery toward its master. It has strong protective instincts, and needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. Socialize and obedience train American Bulldogs at an early age, to prevent them from fear and aggression towards strangers. It may be aggressive with other dogs without a strong pack leader who tells the dog what is expected of it. This breed does drool and slobber a lot so be sure you're OK with that! Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they may become hard to manage.

 

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Average Height/Weight

Height: Males 22 - 28 inches (55 - 70 cm) Females 20 - 26 inches (52 - 65 cm)
Weight: Males 70 - 120 pounds (32 - 54 kg) Females 60 - 100 pounds (27 – 45 kg)


Health Problems

Mainly prone to hip dysplasia.


Living Conditions

The American Bulldog is okay in apartments if they are sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive when indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.


Exercise

The American Bulldog should be taken on a long daily walk.


Life Expectancy

Up to 16 years


Grooming

The short tough coat of the American Bulldog is easy to groom. Brush and comb with a firm bristle brush, and bathe when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.