American Bulldog

American Bulldog Dog Breed
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The American Bulldog dog breed is known for their strong muscular physique.  This breed has a long and storied history with some moments of uncertainty around their population.  They are a descendant of another bulldog called the Old English Bulldog.  During the 17th century the Old English Bulldog was brought from England to the United States.  The Old English Bulldog’s muscular physique was ideal for them to be working dogs in the States.  This was what paved the path for the American Bulldog. 

This breed was actually near extinction after World War 2.  During this time period restoration efforts were put and place. Thankfully the American Bulldog breed now have much more stable population numbers.  Their ancestors the Old English Bulldogs weren’t as lucky and are now an extinct dog breed.

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Is the American Bulldog for you?

The American Bulldog breed is one that is extremely playful.  Especially when they are puppies expect them to want to always play some kind of game.  This could lead to jumping on guests that come over to your house.  While some guests might not mind others could take issue with this.  They also have quite a bit of energy stored up.  If you don’t give them the proper exercise they may become grumpy or upset. 

In addition, the American Bulldog wants to be around their owners a whole lot.  If they don’t spend the right amount of time with their owners they could become somewhat aggressive.  Some of this may come from dog separation anxiety which you can learn more about here.  One of the best ways to avoid any biting or barking is to spend the proper amount of time with them and work on training.  Involving them in your daily activities is a major way to help eliminate this.


The more time you spend with them the more comfortable they will be with you.  Also socializing them with other people and animals is also very important.  While these are usually American Bulldog characteristics you must realize that every dog is different and spending time with your individual dog is crucial. 

The American Bulldog’s larger size makes them not ideal for apartment living.  If you do have an American Bulldog in an apartment you will need to provide them with the proper space to stretch out their legs.  Lastly, this breed does not shed very much.  Some grooming may be required but, this will be minimal.

Based on these characteristics, we give the American Bulldog a rating of 6.5 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker

Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker
Amer. Bulldog 6.5 of 10

The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:

  • Willingness to be Trained
  • How Comfortable they are around People
  • Ability to live in a Household Environment.

Physical Characteristics

As I briefly mentioned earlier the American Bulldog has a very strong and muscular physique.  Some people are somewhat intimidated by their imposing size.  If they are trained correctly they are an extremely friendly dog breed.  Bulldogs have a somewhat large range of heights.  This can cause there some American Bulldogs who are much larger than others.  The American Bulldog height will come somewhere between 20 and 28 inches when measured at the shoulder. 

Moreover, the American Bulldog is quite a heavy dog breed.  This range is also quite sizeable as they can weigh between 60-130 pounds.  Much of these physical characteristics will come down to the gender and diet.  Females will typically be smaller and lighter than their male counterparts.

Final Thoughts

The American Bulldog is very friendly but requires more time than a lot of other dog breeds.  They need the time put into their daily lives to keep them exercised and not get bored.  If you have a job that will keep you out of the house most of the day the American Bulldog probably isn’t for you.  Even though they can look somewhat imposing they can be a very friendly companion.

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