American Bulldog

Growth Size

The American Bulldog grows to a height of 50 – 70cm, and a weight of 50 – 90kg.

Lifespan

10 – 15 years.

Temperament

Confident, social, and active dogs. They form strong bonds with their owners and often demand a high level of attention. They can get along excellently with children if socialised early. This breed is notoriously aggressive to other dogs, so should be socialised early. They also love to chase cats, so it's not a good idea to introduce a feline friend to their environment.

Training Difficulty

American Bulldogs are strong willed and can be challenging to train. Owners must establish they are the leader of the pack early on, otherwise these dogs will take charge. Once they know who is boss though, American Bulldogs can excel in obedience and agility training.

Recommended Owners

Recommended for people who have some experience training dogs. This is not a breed for a first time dog owner. The ideal owner should live in a house with a decent backyard, or be committed enough to involve them in daily outdoor activities. These dogs need at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise a day, otherwise they can become destructive.

Origin

This breed's history starts off as part of the violent sport of bull baiting (where the dog was trained to take down a bull, hence the name bull dog). This sport was outlawed in 1835. American Bulldogs were then developed as farm dogs and hunting assistants.

Diet

One and a half to two cups of dry food per day for adults. This should be divided into regular morning and evening meals. American Bulldogs need a strict feeding routine to keep their digestion healthy. If 'free-fed' this breed can eat too much, too quickly and become ill.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Due to the short coat, American Bulldogs don't require a lot of grooming. A quick brush daily with a soft bristled brush, so as not to hurt the dog's skin. This will remove lose hair and keep the coat looking good.

Comments

American Bulldogs can sometimes have a condition known as heterochromia. It's nothing serious, it just means the irises can be different colours!