Sure, the American Bulldog may appear to be strong, tough, and muscular, but is that any reason to keep them from being near children? No way. These Bulldogs are very gentle and love being around kids and adults alike. Besides that though, American Bulldogs are very confident, highly alert, and are extremely loyal to their owners. They're also very protective of those they've bonded with, even the kids.
Continue reading to learn more about the American Bulldog, popularly known as being a descendant of the Old English Bulldog.
Popularity: Very popular.
Trainability: This dog is strong willed and can be stubborn if left with the wrong person. Training can be challenging if you don't show assertiveness and leadership. This breed isn't recommended for the first time dog owner. Once dominance is determined, it's possible to train this type of dog for obedience and agility.
Size/Weight: Large sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 60-120 pounds (female to male).
Origin Location/Date: The American Bulldog originated in the United States (some say was imported to the U.S. southern states) during the 1800s and was first bred as a work animal to drive cattle on farms and in fields. They were also used to catch and take down feral pigs.
Energy Level: Active and energetic. Also likes to establish dominance. You'll need to be able to keep up with this dog if you want the experience to be a good one. Requires daily exercise as well as a yard or farm to play in.
Temperament: If not trained properly early on, these dogs can have a tendency to be quite bossy and stubborn. They are generally friendly though and snuggle and cuddle with the best of them on the couch or in the bed. Friendly and social when trained. It's best to have no other animals in the house and this dog will guard you with its life. Not good with other dogs of the same sex and definitely not good with cats.
Necessary Space: Due to the high energy and exercise requirements of the American Bulldog, you'll need enough space for it to run and play. If you try to keep one in a small apartment, things will get even smaller very quickly. A large yard and daily walks/runs are a necessity.
Talents: Great to exercise with when trained properly. Also, this is an excellent watch and guard dog. As stated above, this breed can be extremely loyal and protective.
Life Expectancy: 10-16 years.
Group: Working group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical American Bulldog puppy and dog: loyal, stubborn, companionable, somewhat difficult to train, good guard dog, protective, needs exercise, big softie, good watch dog, worker, friendly, loving, good with families, strong, muscular, alert, self-confident and good with kids.