American Bulldog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

American Bulldog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

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Breed Registries:

Note: The American Bulldog breed is not recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), the American Kennel Club (AKC) or its Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.


Male: 22 to 27 inches - Female: 20 to 25 inches


Male: 75 to 125 pounds - Female: 60 to 100 pounds

Breed Profile:

The American Bulldog was originally used to wrangle cattle on the American frontier. He originated in the USA during the 1700's and was also used as a guard and fighting dog. He has remained a tough and versatile dog with characteristics found in the old English breed. He is assertive, intelligent, bold and active.

All modern American Bulldogs originated from four strains — Williamson, Scott, Baily and Johnson. The best known lines are the Johnson and Scott types. Originally, Johnson dogs were more massive, with a larger, broader head and shorter muzzle as well as a distinct undershot bite. The Scott dogs were somewhat smaller in muscle and bone mass and had a less Mastiff-like head. Today, most American Bulldogs have crosses of the two types and are less distinguishable as being one type or the other.

The American Bulldog of today is an all-purpose working dog, fearless and steady, an excellent guard dog and loyal family companion. He should not be excessively timid, shy or aggressive. He is a brave and determined dog but not hostile. Because of his strong protective instincts, the American Bulldog needs to be well-socialized at a young age and obedience training is strongly recommended.

The American Bulldog should not be confused with other distinctly different breeds such as the American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier.

In appearance, the muscular and well boned American Bulldog is a powerful, athletic short-coated dog. His head is large and broad with a wide muzzle. His colouring may be either solid, white with coloured patches, or brindle. The male American Bulldog is typically larger and more muscular than the female.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of an American Bulldog puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:


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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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