American Bulldog

American Bulldog

Breed Description +

Strong, alert, self-confident, physically active dogs that require daily mental and physical activity to prevent hyperactivity and difficulty in handling. Forms strong family bonds and possesses strong protective instincts. There have been reported incidents of American Bulldogs being aggressive with other pets or people. Requires firm, consistent obedience training and socialization to prevent reservation with strangers and to ensure the dog is controllable in all situations. Can be wary of cats and other small pets and may react to strange dogs, especially those of the same sex. This can be reduced through early socialization.
  • Genetic Group:


  • Observed Weight:

    62 - 118 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    60 - 120 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 20 - 28 inches


This breed is the closest surviving relative of the Old English Bulldog, which were used as working and guard dogs. The dogs moved with their owners across to South America, where the American Bulldog was developed. In the late 1940’s the Bulldogs were near extinction, but due to the breeding programs set up by John Johnson and Alan Scott, the American Bulldog breed was preserved. There are two types named after the breeders, the Johnson, known as the classic or bully type, and the Scott type, which is also referred to as the standard or performance type. The Johnson type is a large dog with a shorter muzzle and the Scott type is smaller with a longer muzzle. Today’s dog is a mixture of the two types. The American Bulldog is used as a guard, hunting and working dog. The breed was first officially recognized and registered by The National Kennel Club in 1970. The American Bulldog Association was established in 1989, and a year later the United Kennel Club recognized the breed in the working class.

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