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.
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
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
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