American Bulldog

True to the name, the relatively new breed of American Bulldogs was born in America. Descended from bulldogs that guarded early settler ranches and farms (and chased off tough feral pigs), the American Bulldog was developed by post-World War II breeders to continue a strong line of working and guardian bulldogs.

Taller and speedier than the English bulldog lines, today’s American Bulldogs are sturdy, athletic, and although generally friendly, capable of protection if their families are threatened. Self-possessed and powerful, the American Bulldog requires a plethora of activities and much more than half-hearted training. With an inherent drive to work, the American Bulldog is an “iron-man” breed, excelling in sports such as Schutzhund, weight-pulling, or agility.

While typically friendly by nature to children, the American Bulldog is a powerful breed that may not recognize his own strength, so supervision is wise. Bred in part to chase off other animals, the American Bulldog may need extensive socialization to best tolerate other dogs and cats—especially those not in his “inner circle” at home.

The American Bulldog

  • Steadfast
  • Focused on loved ones
  • Happiest when actively ‘employed’

Do you and the American Bulldog match up?

Terrific for a person who:

Has lots of space both inside and out for a dog to run.
Enjoys a dog that enjoys a challenge!
Likes spending minimum time grooming and maximum time playing.
Think twice if you’re a person who:

  • Is partial to a laid-back, quiet, hang-around type of dog.
  • Considers indoor “Toss the Squeaky Toy Twice” an actual dog sport.
  • Already owns small dogs and cats that won’t tolerate wild play.

Care and Maintenance of an American Bulldog:

The American Bulldog’s short coarse coat needs occasional brushing.

The Standard Look:

The American Bulldog has a large head, thick muscular neck, wide nose, powerful jaws and a muscular but agile body. Due to an emphasis on ability rather than looks, the height and weight of individual American Bulldogs varies considerably. Males are ideally 22 to 27 inches tall at the withers and weigh 75 to 125 pounds with females ranging from 20 to 25 inches tall and weighing 60 to 100 pounds. The American Bulldog’s short, stiff coat may come in any color, color pattern or combination of colors except solid black, solid blue or tricolor (white with brown and black).

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
White or white with patches of black, brown, or red.

Short, coarse coat.


Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
11 to 12 years.
AKC Group:
UKC Group:
Males, 22 to 27 inches; Females, 20 to 25 inches.
Males, 75 to 125 pounds; Females, 60 to 100 pounds.
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