Facts about American Bulldog Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for American Bulldog puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



American Bulldog Information and History

The ancestors of the breed, also known as the Old Country Bulldog, date back more than 2,000 years. They were developed in the British Isles by breeding of the indigenous mastiffs to the newly arrived ones.

The Bulldog was originally used for guarding and farm work. It was later used in a bloody sport of bull baiting (fighting bulls in a ring), until the activity was outlawed in the mid-1800s.

At that time, the Bulldog was taller and more athletic than it is today.

After bull baiting was outlawed, Bulldogs were bred to be more gentle and compact (visit English Bulldog for more information). But this breeding occurred after the breed was already introduced to the United States. The American Bulldog retained the appearance and strength of the original Bulldog.

The breed almost became extinct after the WWII but was revived through the efforts of John Johnson, a returning veteran.

Today, it's used as both a working dog and a popular family pet and companion.

Physical Characteristics of American Bulldog Puppies

This is a large and powerful dog.

It has a large, broad head with a wide muzzle and powerful jaws. The nose is large and can be of any color. The eyes are large and round. The ears are medium sized and can be drop, semi-erect or cropped erect.

The tail can be docked or left long. The coat is short and smooth. It comes in many colors and color combinations. The only colors that are not permitted are solid white, solid black and tricolor.

    Height Weight
  Male 22 - 27 inches 65 to 125 pounds
  Female 20 - 26 inches 60 to 120 pounds


The American Bulldog is an intelligent and sensitive dog. It's very assertive but generally very calm. As you can expect, it's fearless and will not back away from a good fight.

It's gentle towards its family and loves children. It has a very strong protective instinct and will risk his own life to protect his master. It will be fine with strangers who don't pose any threat but will be aggressive towards intruders.

The American Bull Dog will usually coexist well with another dog of the opposite sex.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This dog requires an experienced owner who has plenty of time for socialization training.

This is an active breed and is not well-suited for an apartment lifestyle. It will do a lot better in a suburban environment with a fenced yard.

Some American Bulldog breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is a fairly active dog with lots of stamina and it needs plenty of exercise. Without it, your pet may exhibit a lot of destructive behaviors.

If you have a fenced yard or can take him to a safe area, let him run off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than physical fences), easy to install, and will prevent your pet from escaping an unfenced yard.

At a minimum, take him for one or two brisk walks every day.


The American Bulldog is an average shedder and does not require a lot of care.

Brush once or twice a week with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when absolutely necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the American Bulldog is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include eye problems, hip dysplasia, and skin allergies. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable American Bulldog breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for an American Bulldog puppy is between 12 and 16 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local American Bulldog rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this American Bulldog Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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