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Southern White, White English, Old Southern White Bulldog, Hill Bulldog, Country Bulldog, English White Bulldog
Males 50-71 cm
Females 50-61 cm
Short and shiny
Pure white or white with pale, red or tiger colors
Breeds outside the FCI classification
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The history of the American Bulldog dates back to the 18th century. At that time, America’s rapid settlement was rapid, and the settlers brought this breed with them. The locals were always engaged in livestock breeding, so they needed strong and powerful guards. The American Bulldog was wonderfully suited for this role, but he was also used as a hunter or shepherd.
After World War II, the breed all but disappeared, but thanks to John Johnson, the American Bulldog still exists today. He collected pets all over the country to revive the population. There is even an unconfirmed story of how two one-year-old bulldog puppies saved his family’s life during a fire.
The American Bulldog gained worldwide popularity throughout Europe in the 1980s. People were thrilled when the breed was introduced at a show. Strength, impressive working qualities, and looks are harmoniously combined in the American Bulldog.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The uniqueness of the breed lies in the fact that the American Bulldog has maintained its former appearance throughout its long history. The breed is divided into classic and standard. Standard representatives are more elegant and somewhat smaller in size. Classic has a pronounced muscularity and is larger.
The head is broad and strong. The chin and cheeks are well defined. The teeth and jaw are strong. The nose is large, with large nostrils. The eyes are wide-set, round in shape, and have a dark brown tint. The ears are high set, floppy, triangle-shaped. The American Bulldog’s neck is short and quite massive.
The chest is broad, and the body is muscular. The limbs are straight and of medium length. The tail is long, narrowing from the base to the end. The coat is short and shiny. The color is pure white or white with pale, red or tiger colors.
In addition to being a great companion, the American Bulldog is dominated by a sense of superiority over others. That is why the dog does not get along well with other animals. However, if they are familiar since childhood, the problem should not arise. If the owner does not build a proper relationship with the pet, then the American Bulldog will feel leadership and over him. It is not worth getting this breed if you do not devote enough time to raising it.
In general, American Bulldogs are not fussy and are very loyal pets. Formerly, the bulldog’s main calling was agricultural work, such as rounding up livestock and guarding farmers’ homes. Nowadays, they are not only intended as pets but are capable of other tasks as well. For example, to serve the state or as a domestic guardian. American bulldogs also participate in fights and against animals that can greatly exceed their weight. But this does not mean they deserve the status of a killer dog. American Bulldogs are always ready to stand up for themselves and their owner.
You need to think through the training process and consult with experienced people if the pet is purchased to participate in this sport. The pet is great with children, so if you can balance his dominant personality, you’ll get a very obedient dog. Walking with the American Bulldog is a pleasure because he is characterized by calm behavior. However, the breed has a high threshold of excitability to noise. It leads to constant and prolonged barking for no reason.
Taking care of the American Bulldog is minimally simple. The dog’s hair is short and thick, so it should be combed with a special brush, especially during the molting period. It is not recommended to bathe the dog often; it is enough to do it once a month. It is necessary to use special shampoos to prevent skin allergies. Nails should be trimmed on their own because they do not always sharpen naturally. Do not forget about the hygiene of the ears and mouth.
For the little American Bulldog, the adjustment period in the new home is already a little stressful. He needs to get used to the new environment and people around him. Education should be done from the first days. Pay attention to the dog’s temperament and personality, but do not allow him to go over the limit. If your puppy bites or behaves unpredictably, and you miss this point, it’ll be difficult to be his authority figure.
Socialization is the key to training. Let the American Bulldog spend a lot of time with other dogs. If the pet is purchased as a hunter or fighter, you should carefully review the training points and ensure that the pet does not harm the animals around him.
The American Bulldog has good health. This dog easily tolerates harsh weather conditions. It is important to keep your pet out of the sun for long periods. After a walk, inspect your pet’s coat and ears for irritation or pests.
The American Bulldog is prone to these diseases:
- allergies and skin diseases;
- elbow and hip dysplasia; joints;
- entropion – the turn of the century.
The American Bulldog diet should contain lean meat, vegetables, cereals, greens, and dairy products. If physical activity increases, the portion should be more significant. The pet’s life expectancy and health depend directly on nutrition, so do not forget about vitamin supplements. You should not feed your bulldog sweets or food from your table. It is better to come up with a feeding schedule; this will help discipline the pet.