American Bulldog Puppies

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The Loyal, Brave, and Reliable American Bulldog

An athletic build and friendly attitude makes the American Bulldog an ideal utility dog that requires little overall maintenance. With powerful jaws and heads, the most muscular area on the breed tends to be concentrated in the shoulders and chest. Due to their intelligence, regular activity is needed to prevent boredom and bad habits.

American Bulldog At a Glance

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American Bulldog At a Glance

  • Size: 20"-27", 60-125 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Short and smooth
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Non-Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: AmBulldog, American Bulldogge, Old Country Bulldog

American Bulldog Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    American Bulldogs are loyal, brave, and reliable. They are outgoing and friendly, and they are gentle with children, especially those of its immediate family. They make great family pets or guardians when trained properly at an early age. If socialized regularly, American Bulldogs get along well with other people and dogs. This breed is fairly energetic and requires a decent amount of exercise, since they can become rowdy or aggressive if not given enough physical and mental stimulation. Due to its loyal and social nature, the American Bulldog should not be left alone for extended periods of time and may experience separation anxiety. However, in the right home, American Bulldogs make great family dogs and wonderful companions.

  • Health

    They are considered a healthy breed, but can be prone to hip and joint issues. We recommend setting up regular screenings for these issues with your vet.

  • Activity Level

    Although the American Bulldog is ultimately well suited for either indoor or outdoor living, it should not be left alone outside while tethered. Due to its energy, this can lead to future aggression problems. One to two hours per day of outdoor activity is enough to meet this breed's requirements.

  • Grooming

    They are a low maintenance breed perfect for new dog owners. 1-2 brushings per week keeps their coat healthy and smooth, and they really only need to be bathed when they get dirty.

  • Shedding

    American Bulldogs shed moderately throughout the year, and will shed more heavily during the changing of the seasons. Regular brushing will often remove most of the loose hair before it finds its way to your floor or furniture.

  • Appearance

    The unmistakable oversized head and low-set body are distinctive features of the American Bulldog. A peaceful nature is reflected in the dog's stance, with its medium build surrounded by a short, smooth coat. The shoulders should appear wide and sturdy.

  • History

    The American Bulldog originated in England, and it is a descendent of the Old English Bulldog, which was brought to North America by working class immigrants. Once introduced to America, the American Bulldog was widely used for herding cattle and hunting. At the time, wild pigs had invaded the American South, and the American Bulldog's agility and strength was perfect for hunting down the pigs. Like many breeds, the American Bulldog was bred much less during World War II, and was almost extinct by the end of the war. Luckily, breeding picked up after the war, and the breed is no longer in danger of extinction and was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1999.