If you are after a dog that is both a loyal family companion and an excellent guard dog, you cannot go past the American Bulldog. Here’s what you need to know.
The American Bulldog is a powerful, athletic dog with good muscling and boning. They are quite compact and are 20-27 inches in height. They have a large, broad head with a wide muzzle and the jaws are very strong.
The American Bulldog’s coat is short, lies close to the body and is stiff to the touch. The coat comes in all white, pied, or up to 90 percent coloured. Brindled or red patches may be found in the coat and red is defined as any shade of tan, brown or red.
The American Bulldog is actually a very gentle, loving dog, being very affectionate with their owners. They also love children and other pets that they have been raised with. Be aware however that the American Bulldog can be dog aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex.
These dogs are also very loyal and they will defend their home and their owners fearlessly and very well. They are fine with people they don’t know if they are introduced to them properly. Like all other bulldogs, they may like water but they cannot swim so always be careful when you are around water!
The American Bulldog is generally a very healthy, hardy dog with few problems; however, some strains may have hip dysplasia, eye problems, breathing problems or skin allergies. They are very low maintenance and all they require is regular coat brushing and a bath only when necessary. These dogs do require socialisation and this should done as early as possible, when they are puppies. Be careful when walking your dogs as overexertion can be dangerous. You can expect an American Bulldog to live anywhere from 8 to 15 years.
The American Bulldog is best suited to owners that have some experience with keeping dogs before, and they are suited to city, rural or suburban living. Because they love children, they are great for families but you should always supervise your kids with the dog (just as you would with any other breed).