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American Bulldog

Origin United States
GroupGuard Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the American Bulldog have? The breed also known as...
AmBulldog, AM Bulldog, American Bulldogge, American Bulldoggee, Old Country Bulldog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the American Bulldog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the American Bulldog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Bulldog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the American Bulldog's size? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the American Bulldog weigh?
Male: 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg), Female: 60-100 pounds (27-45 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 95 pounds (43 kg), Female: 80 pounds (36 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Bulldog?
Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Bulldog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the American Bulldog's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
FawnBrownWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Bulldog and how often?
Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American Bulldog is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American Bulldogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
American Bulldogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Bulldog have?
AffectionateCourageousGentleOutGoingAlertEnergeticLovingSocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Bulldog?
Average: American Bulldog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Bulldogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Bulldogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The American Bulldog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. American Bulldogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Bulldogs are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
American Bulldogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Bulldogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are American Bulldogs good watchdogs?
American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the American Bulldogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the American Bulldog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the American Bulldog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Moderate
The American Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Bulldog do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
American Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Bulldogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Bulldog to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
American Bulldogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Bulldogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American Bulldogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are American Bulldogs good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Bulldogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Bulldogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Bulldogs kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
American Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Bulldogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
American Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do American Bulldogs get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
American Bulldogs are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do American Bulldogs have health problems?
American Bulldogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Bulldogs live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Bulldog breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Bulldog have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
American Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Bulldogs require per day?
American Bulldogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Bulldogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Bulldog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Feeding an American Bulldog should be formulated for a large breed with high energy level.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The American Bulldog has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the American Bulldog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The American Bulldog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the American Bulldog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Bulldog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Bulldog have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Bulldog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
7-14 puppies

Advantages

  • Grooming: Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: American Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Territorial: American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: American Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Bulldog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Bulldogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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