American Bulldog

Other name: American Bulldog

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The American Bulldog is a medium-sized Molossoid type dog. Powerful, compact and athletic, he has a well-developed bone structure and musculature. There are 2 types of American Bulldogs. The first, called Bully, is stockier, has a shorter muzzle and a well-marked stop. The second, called Standard, is taller and more slender, while remaining massive. Its muzzle is also longer. The majority of dogs these days are hybrids. In other words, crosses of the 2 types Bully and Standard.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
Template Big
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 45 kg From 53 cm to 62 cm
Male From 35 kg to 55 kg From 57 cm to 67 cm
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History of the breed

John D. Johnson developed the Bully type , while Allan Scott originated the Standard type . The first dogs of the American Bulldog breed were registered by the National Kennel Club in 1970. At the time, they were called American Pit Bulldog. They were then given the name of American Bulldog so as not to confuse them with the Pitbull. The breed of the American Bulldog has not yet been recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. In France, the French American Bulldog Club was created in 1999.

Photos of American Bulldog

Photo of Justin, American BulldogPhoto of Erwine, American BulldogPhoto of Bully, American BulldogPhoto of Divine, American BulldogPhoto of Snipe, American BulldogPhoto of Voracious American Bulldog

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Physical features

His hair: hard, very short, practically level.
Its color: white, with or without colored markings, or solid with white markings.
His head: large, broad and powerful. The stop is well marked, especially with the Bully type.
His ears: medium in size, set low enough, set wide apart and folded at the sides.
His eyes: small, dark in color.
His body: massive, but harmonious. The neck is strong, the chest powerful and broad, the back straight and the croup sloping.
Its tail: strong at its set, tapering to the tip, hanging down at rest and carried above the line of the back when the dog is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The American Bulldog   is a dog cut out for work with his intelligence , his power and his activity, but which also proves to be an excellent companion for the whole family , even for the children. More docile than many other Molossoids, he is unfailingly loyal and devoted to his master. The American Bulldog is much more reserved, even wary of strangers . Vigilant and courageous, he therefore takes care of the house perfectly, without being unnecessarily aggressive. In family, he is jovial, playful and expressive . It is, moreover, characterized by a tendency to want to dominate the congeners , in particular in males.

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It is essential to establish a sense of hierarchy early on in this dog. The master must be the leader of the pack by being firm, but fair. The American Bulldog must also be socialized early in order to attenuate its bellicose temperament towards its congeners of the same sex.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

A dog built for work and activity , the American Bulldog is not really cut out for apartment living , even if it appreciates the warmth of the home and its family. It is aimed at people who are available and know how to educate them with firmness.


Ease of gaining weight

The American Bulldog is a generally robust and resistant dog. However, the breed has a predisposition to certain diseases, including the following: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and hernias .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 7 and 14 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an American Bulldog is, on average, between 11 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The American Bulldog is still subject to a light moult , and therefore just as moderate hair loss. Its maintenance is not complicated , but it should not be neglected under penalty of exposing the dog to the risk of infections.

It is recommended to brush the dog with a soft brush once a week to maintain the cleanliness and health of his coat and skin.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1300 €

The purchase price of an American Bulldog is between 800 € and 1300 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an American Bulldog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The American Bulldog is a great athlete , an active dog who needs a lot of exercise on a daily basis, in addition to his long walks.


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