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American Bulldog

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Working dogs who drove and caught cattle and guarded their masters' property.

AKC recognized: No

Size: Weight: 60 to 125 lbs
Size: Height: 20 to 28 inches
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Color: Solid white or any color pattern including black, red, brown, fawn and all shades of brindle.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The American Bulldog is typically a happy, friendly, and assertive dog that is at ease with its family and fine with outsiders who pose no threat. They bond strongly with their master and family, and if properly introduced and socialized, can become a great family pet and guardian. They can do well with children if properly trained from an early age. They have high energy levels and do best in a home with a large backyard and plenty of exercise and attention from their owners. If left alone for long periods they can become destructive. American Bulldogs are considered a dominant breed and are not recommended for first time dog owners, or those who have no experience with large, dominant breeds. Aggressiveness towards other dogs, especially those of the same sex, is not uncommon. American Bulldogs can be droolers but this varies with each individual.

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Good with children? Possible with proper socialization and training.

Good with cats? Yes if properly socialized with them from an early age.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

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Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: Schutzhund, French Ring street protection sport, Iron Dog competition, weight pulling, agility

Exercise requirement: Daily exercise.

Grooming requirement: The American Bulldog has very short hair that doesn't require too much grooming, but does shed year round and more during changing seasons.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, skin problems, allergies, thyroid diseases, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, enlarged hearts, kidney problems, elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, bone cancer.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Working American Bulldog
By Dave Putnam
Published in 1999
189 pages

American Bulldog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Abe Fishman and Wil DeVeer
Published in 2005
160 pages

American Bulldogs
By John Blackwell
Published in 1997
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

Wikipedia breed information page
American Bulldog Association
American Bulldog Rescue

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