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American Bulldog

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Courageous and Dependable

Active, Family Companion, Protective

American Bulldogs are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of American Bulldogs, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the American Bulldog and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:20-28" Weight:60-120 lbs. Lifespan:10-16 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: American Bulldogs love to be with their family and are adaptable to many living situations as long as they are given adequate exercise to keep her mind and body active.

Grooming: Very easy to groom, her short coat requires only occasional brushing. Clean her nasal folds at least weekly.

Dental: American Bulldogs often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


American Bulldogs are known as fearless and steady guard dogs, and they are often territorial. She may prefer to be an only dog.

Positive Traits:

An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable

Confident, steady, and fearless

Intelligent and easy to train

Energetic, active, and athletic

Good with children

Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

Negative Traits:

Needs a lot of exercise

Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex

Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

Can be gassy and drool a lot

Whether you are considering adding a new American Bulldog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Bulldog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Bulldog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a American Bulldog could encounter:

Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

Nerve Disease

Thyroid Disease

Ichthyosis

Eyelid Abnormality

Cataracts

The American Bulldog was first bred as a powerful and athletic all-purpose working dog, used to catch hogs and cattle. They are typically gentle and loving family companions, but may not tolerate other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They require early training and socialization and have a high energy level. American Bulldogs are generally healthy with an average life span of 10-13 years. Some can suffer from common health concerns such as hip dysplasia and skin problems. Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

Consult with a veterinarian if your American Bulldog shows signs of the following:

General reluctance to run or play

Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

Cloudiness to eye lens

Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

  • Care

    Routine Care: American Bulldogs love to be with their family and are adaptable to many living situations as long as they are given adequate exercise to keep her mind and body active.

    Grooming: Very easy to groom, her short coat requires only occasional brushing. Clean her nasal folds at least weekly.

    Dental: American Bulldogs often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    American Bulldogs are known as fearless and steady guard dogs, and they are often territorial. She may prefer to be an only dog.

    Positive Traits:

    An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable

    Confident, steady, and fearless

    Intelligent and easy to train

    Energetic, active, and athletic

    Good with children

    Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    Negative Traits:

    Needs a lot of exercise

    Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    Territorial with larger dogs, especially of the same sex

    Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

    Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

    Can be gassy and drool a lot

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new American Bulldog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every American Bulldog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the American Bulldog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a American Bulldog could encounter:

    Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia

    Nerve Disease

    Thyroid Disease

    Ichthyosis

    Eyelid Abnormality

    Cataracts

  • History

    The American Bulldog was first bred as a powerful and athletic all-purpose working dog, used to catch hogs and cattle. They are typically gentle and loving family companions, but may not tolerate other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They require early training and socialization and have a high energy level. American Bulldogs are generally healthy with an average life span of 10-13 years. Some can suffer from common health concerns such as hip dysplasia and skin problems. Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your American Bulldog shows signs of the following:

    General reluctance to run or play

    Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

    Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

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