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American Bulldog

American Bulldog



The American Bulldog, as opposed to the English or British Bulldog, is very similar to the old 17th century bull-baiter. If that’s confusing it’s because the modern English Bulldog has been changed, modified, improved or exaggerated, depending on who’s making the statement.

The American Bulldog remains higher on the leg, more agile and swifter than its English counterpart. The U.S. Dogs were used for a variety of work on farms and ranches but came very close to extinction by WWII. A returning veteran worked to revive the breed and it continues to be used as a working dog as well as a companion.

The best-known lines of American Bulldogs arising from breeding programs following WWII are the Johnson and Scott types. The Johnson dogs tend to be more aggressive and are larger and wider with a broad head, short muzzle, and undershot jaw. The Scott dogs are more athletic and somewhat bigger and leggier.


The American Bulldog can leap 8 feet in the air and “turn on a dime”. He has tenacity, an iron jaw, small flap or rolled ears and usually, a long, low tail. The American version is now an all-round dog, used for protecting homes, with some owners hunting raccoons, squirrels and even wild hogs and bears with their bulldog. They live up to 16 years, and these dogs are still capable of wrestling down a cantankerous bull. Farmers find all these qualities attractive for a working farm dog and companion.

Reputable breeders recount myriad tales showing the heroism of these dogs. They do not wait for a command, but assess the situation themselves and react appropriately. To protect their masters, they have fought wild dogs, bulls and even fire. Yet when called off by their handler they immediately obey. No wonder they are said to have “true grit, true devotion and true love”.

The American Bulldog genuinely loves children.

A small underground faction continues to illegally fight these dogs. This activity is not encouraged, promoted or condoned by the breed organization or by reputable breeders.


The American Bulldog requires a dog-experienced owner with time for training and socialization. This breed can be good with older children, if well socialized, but generally should only be housed with one dog of the opposite sex.


The American Bulldog is large, powerful, and well boned. The head is large and broad with a wide muzzle, powerful jaws, and strong chin. The large nose can be of any color and the ears are small to medium sized and be drop, semi-erect, tulip, or cropped erect. It has large, round eyes, a muscular neck, and a tail that can be docked or left long.

Needs a fenced yard or to be leashed. Requires attention, socialization, and training.

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