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The American Bulldog descended from the Old English Bulldog breeds that were brought to the American south by the working-class immigrants. The immigrants trained these working dogs to complete the work on the farms and ranches on their behalf. They were used in many barbaric bull-baiting sports. The American Bulldog set foot on the lands of America in the 17th century, but by the end of World War II, these working dogs almost became Extinct. However, John D. Johnson and Alan Scott along with the help of some other breeders saved the American Bulldog from the hands of extinction. They scoured the entire south during that time to look for a viable breed group to revive the American Bulldogs.

It is generally easy to care for these dogs but there are some genetic issues that they face. Some common health issues faced by the American Bulldogs are neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, kidney and thyroid problems, cherry eye, and bone cancer. Apart from that, some common health issues faced by the American Bulldog as a large breed are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. To know more about these dogs, keep on reading American Bulldog information and facts.

For similar content check out English Bulldog facts and Catahoula Bulldog facts!

American Bulldog Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an American Bulldog?

An American Bulldog is a large breed of Bulldog that is found in many domestic households. It is one of the most iconic dog breeds of American history and culture and recently they have been registered by the American Kennel Club in Foundation Stock Service.

What class of animal does an American Bulldog belong to?

The American Bulldog of Carnivora order and Canidae family belong to the class Mammalia, which is the common class for all types of dogs.

How many American Bulldogs are there in the world?

The global population of the American Bulldog breed has not been determined. Although the dog was bred as a war veteran in the past, currently they are used as pet dogs on animal farms or take part in dog sports and pet shows. Bulldogs originally came from England, they reached America in the 17th and 18th centuries with working-class immigrants. At that time, the breed was used for working in ranches or for recreational purposes like bull-baiting and dog shows in America as well. They were on the verge of extinction by the end of World War II. However, at present, American Bulldogs are safe from being Extinct, rather they have become a popular breed all over the world.

Where does an American Bulldog live?

The American Bulldog is one of the most iconic American dog breeds that originated in the United States. The dog entered North America through the southern parts of the United States, especially Alabama. Accordingly, the dogs came to be known as Southern Bulldogs or Alabama Bulldogs.

What is an American Bulldog's habitat?

The habitat preference of American Bulldogs is related to the origin of the dog breed. Since this breed originated as a working dog, the American Bulldogs prefer to spend their time outdoors rather than sitting quietly inside the house. The dogs have high a energy level, therefore, they need regular exercise to burn out all the excess energy by playing outside. Engaging in activities also helps them to combat boredom which keeps the breed away from pursuing destructive habits. However, they also need some indoor time with their owners as these gentle breeds thrive on the love and affection of their owners. Overall, they are a low-maintenance breed, and petting them does not require any special arrangements in the house.

Who do American Bulldogs live with?

American Bulldogs are currently kept pet dogs in households, therefore, they live with their human owners in the house. The American Bulldog's temperament is quite similar to its original breed, the English Bulldog. They are very gentle towards their own people and they can be easily left alone with young children. The size and strength of the American Bulldogs do not match the clown-like and adorable personality of a happy dog. In reality, this strong-willed and brave dog loves to be spooned as a lap dog. Training the American Bulldog puppies from a very young age and regular exercise helps the American Bulldogs to improve their social skills. In front of strangers, the dogs seem to be reserved and rigid but once they get habituated with their scent, they will become gentle towards them.

How long does an American Bulldog live?

The American Bulldogs are generally a healthy breed that enjoys a long and normal life. The American Bulldog lifespan ranges between 10-16 years of age. Regular training and exercise since their puppy ages ensure a fit and healthy life for the dogs. This in turn increases the life span of the dog.

How do they reproduce?

The American Bulldog originally descended from the old English Bulldogs. In America, breeding the Bulldogs was popularized by John Johnson and Alan Scott. At that time, two primary American Bulldog types were produced that were named after their breeders. They were, the Johnson or the classic American Bulldog type and the Scott which was the standard American Bulldog. Later, each and every American Bulldog mix descended by breeding one breed with another.

What is their conservation status?

The American Bulldogs are not enlisted in the Red List produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature or the IUCN. Even though the dog was used as a working dog or in bull-baiting in the past, they are now used as pet breeds at present. Therefore, the IUCN has not recognized the conservation status of the American Bulldogs. The American Bulldog is a healthy and sturdy breed, therefore they are believed to live a long life. However, there are some genetic health problems that the breed might face that can affect their population.

American Bulldog Fun Facts

What do American Bulldogs look like?

American Bulldog is often confused with the breed Dogo Argentino.

American Bulldogs are stocky dogs with muscular build. These dogs have a large head and the shoulders are the most muscular part of the body. Their coat is very smooth as they have short hair. The most traditional American Bulldog was the white American Bulldog that was completely white with patches of black, red, or brindle. However, in recent years, the breed has grown out of their traditional white coat and are now available in various colors like black, brown, fawn, and brindle. There's another breed of American Bulldog called the blue American Bulldog. Its coat is not actually blue, it is a rather shabby black in color. In order to distinguish it from the pure black American Bulldog, the term 'blue' is used.

How cute are they?

The American Bulldog is a very cute dog breed that is loved by many. Apart from being a loyal and compassionate pet, American Bulldogs are also commonly seen in dog sports or as catch dogs.

How do they communicate?

These dogs communicate with each other with barks, they also have well-developed olfactory senses. Bulldogs do not bark unless they have a reason to.

How big is an American Bulldog?

The height of an American Bulldog ranges between 20-25.5 in (50-65 cm). They are taller than the Valley Bulldog whose height is around 14-18 in (36-46 cm).

How fast can an American Bulldog run?

The American Bulldogs are not much suitable for runs for their hefty build. They can run at speeds slower than 15 mph (24 kph).

How much does an American Bulldog weigh?

The weight of an American Bulldog ranges between 60-115 lb (27-52 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male American Bulldog does not have any specific name but the females are referred to as bitches.

What would you call a baby American Bulldog?

The baby of an American Bulldog is called a puppy.

What do they eat?

The diet of the American Bulldog changes with its age. In the first 14 months of their lives, they should be fed puppy food and gradually transition to adult food after that. Their diet shout contains a high amount of meat protein.

Are they slobbery?

Yes, American Bulldogs slobber a considerable amount.

Would they make a good pet?

They make very loving and loyal pets. Petting an American Bulldog is a treat and they are easy to care for.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

The American Bulldog's temperament is solely based on their daily activities. Keeping them indoors without any outdoor activity for days might make them frustrated and result in aggression.

American Bulldogs are known for making loyal and smart pets. An American Bulldog puppy will cost you somewhere around $1,500-$3,500.

Is an American Bulldog the same thing as a Pit Bull?

Very often, dog owners seem to confuse American Bulldogs and American Pit Bull Terriers. There are some common differences that owners should know about American Bulldog vs. Pit Bull. In America, the term 'Pit Bull' refers to any type of dog that descends from the breeds Terriers and Bulldogs. The Pit Bulls have their own breed in the United Kingdom. The American Pit Bull might have any coat color but the coat color of an American Bulldog always has a white base. The lineage of the dogs also differs from each other. The Bulldogs in America are believed to have descended from the mastiffs, while the American Pit Bull Terriers descend from any type of Terrier. They are also bred with Bulldogs to produce the American Bulldog Pitbull mix. However, both the Bulldog and Pit Bull are heavy-weight and loving dogs that are extremely loyal to their owners.

Having Your Own American Bulldog

Taking care of your pet and keeping it happy depends much on the common sense of people. An American Bulldog is a low-maintenance family dog, therefore, taking care of it is also easy. Some common regulations that must be included in the dog's training schedule are a healthy diet, daily exercise, and regular brushing of their teeth and coat. They have short fur coats that do not shed much making them one of the easiest dogs to groom. These high-energy dogs need training since puppyhood to make them compatible as family dogs.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our Victorian Bulldog facts, or American Bully facts pages.

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