- 1 The American Bulldog:
- 1.1 History:
- 1.2 General Appearance:
- 1.3 Size and Weight:
- 1.4 Life Span :
- 1.5 Temperament:
- 1.6 Health Problems:
- 1.7 Prevention of these diseases:
- 1.8 Grooming:
- 1.9 Exercise Requirements:
- 1.10 Wrap Up:
- 1.11 Related Posts:
The American Bulldog:
In this Particular Article we will talk about the various aspects of The American Bulldog.
The American Bulldog is a Breed of utility dog and there are two types of the American Bulldog. The one is standard while the other one is classic and also, additionally there are also mixes of these two types. We will discuss each and everything in this particular article about the American Bulldog.
So lets begin with the History.
we will describe it’s history in three particular parts.
History in England and Spain:
Even the slight modifications Bulldogs underwent in Spain and England up to the Industrial revolution, before 1885, were absent in working stains. Most of the settlers of the American South came from the West Midlands of England and Emigrated as a result of the civil war between the Royalists and Parliamentarians of England, prior to the industrial revolution.
History in the United States:
The Old English Bulldog was preserved by working class immigrants who brought their working dogs with them to the American South. Small farmers and ranchers used these dogs for different works and tasks, which also includes farm guardians,catch dogs and stock dogs. These dogs were not an actual breed as considered by today’s standards, but they were a genetic Bulldog type. There were no recorded pedigrees or records and breeding decisions were dependent on the best working farm dogs despite breed or background. several types of these “Bulldog” types are kept by ranchers as utilitarian working dogs.
The most important role of the Bulldog and the reason for their survival, and why it thrived throughout the south was because of the presence of the feral pigs, introduced to the new world and without predators. The Bulldogs were settlers’ only means of sufficiently dealing with the vermin. At the time of World War II, the breed was near to extinction until John.D Johnson and his scoured in the back roads of the south looking for the best specimens to revive the breed.
During this time, a young Alan Scott grew an interest in Johnson’s dog and began to work with him on the revitalization process. At some point, Scott began infusing non-Johnson catch bulldogs from working southern farms with John.D Johnson’s line, creating the now standard American Bulldog and at another point, Johnson began to cross his line with an atavistic and athletic English Bulldog from the North that had maintained it’s genetic athletic vigor.
Recent History :
American Bulldogs are now safe from extinction and are also enjoying a healthy increase in popularity. Either as a family dog, working dog or guard dog. Generally through all over the world they are used variously as “hog dogs”, as cattle drovers and also as working or sporting dogs. American Bulldogs also compete successfully in several dog sports such as dog Obedience, Schutzhund, French ring, Mondio ring, Iron dog competition and also a sport like weight pulling. They are also exhibited in conformation shows in the ABA, UKC, ABRA, NKC, UKC and the SACBR.
The American Bulldog is a stocky, well built and a strong looking muscular dog. They have very powerful jaws. They are generally higher on the leg and are more agile than their English cousins. But they are still square and fairly compact.
Historically, this breed has been white in color, but it has grown to include many color patterns including black, red, brown, fawn and also brindle. Blue or merle is always undesirable and is disqualification by breed standard. Eye rims and nose should be black but some pink is allowed. Their front legs will always be heavy, strong and heavy, while the hind legs must be broad, thick and should have well-defined muscles. They have wide chests, thick necks and square heads. The standard preferred bite of the teeth is reverse scissor, but even, under and and scissor bite will not disqualify a dog in the show ring. They also come in a variety of ears including cropped, rose, half pricked and forward flap. The American Bulldog’s tail is set low on the body.
Size and Weight:
Male American Bulldog stand between 22 to 28 inches tall and weigh between 75 and 125 pounds. In general male are heavier boned and heavily boned than their female counterparts.
Females stand between 20 to 25 inches and weigh from 60 to 100 pounds.
Life Span :
The average life span of an American Bulldog is 10 to 16 years.
The American bulldogs are typically social, confident and active dogs, that lives with ease with their human families. It is uncommon for an American Bulldog to require a high level of attention due to their highly emotional personalities just like any other bulldog. They bond strongly with their owners and are very loving dogs. They are capable of jumping in excess of 3 feet in vertical direction due to their dense muscle breed. The young Bulldogs may be aloof with the strangers, but as they become mature, the Breed’s normal confidence level asserts itself. They are tolerant to children and can go very well with them.
The more exposure to good training practices, people and other dogs, the more likely the success at being controlled being inside and outside of their environment. Early training and socialization noth in home and outside of the home is essential for this breed. While the goal of the breed was originally to produce that could catch and hold a wild boar and cattle, kill vermin and also guard the owner’s property. if properly trained, socialized and exercised, this breed can become a totally family pet.
American Bulldogs will live a long happy life if they get a proper diet, Vaccinations, exercise and grooming. The biggest problem in the American Bulldogs is just to get a proper diet. The American Bulldog can get obese very easily so you need to be careful what you give them to eat and how much you give them. They will have problems with food. They love certain foods which are not good for them and will cause digestive problems in them. You must vaccinate your dog against distemper, rabies and parvo-virus. If you dog catches any of these diseases, he will probably die.
The most common diseases bulldogs get are orthopedic and eye problems. Hip dysplaisa and elbow dysplasia are both huge problems with the American Bulldogs.
Hip dysplaisa is when the femur does not fit in the hip socket. This will cause your dog great pain. Hip dysplaisa ca be treated with surgery but it’s not always that much successful. They are generally given pain relieving medications so in order to cope with pain. Hip dysplasia will run in some dog families and therefore, it is said to be a genetic problem.
Elbow dysplaisa is when the elbow joint does not develop properly. Just like Hip dysplaisa, it will also cause a lot of pain. In the bulldogs, it leads to lameness and the development of arthritis.No one knows how a Bulldog gets this problem, Although it is also considered to be a genetic problem.
Entropion: (Eye disease)
As we have discussed above that Bulldogs are prone to eye problems. one of them is entropion. It is when the eyelids fold inward towards the eye. The lower eye lashes will rub against the eye and will cause irritation to the eye and also can e painful for a dog. it is generally corrected by surgery.
Mast Cell Tumors:
They are also prone to mast cell tumors. These tumors are small but can be a serious problem. It is also treated by surgery.
The American Bulldogs can also develop a disease called bloat. This can develop in all breeds but is more common in some breeds than the other. it is caused when your Dog’s stomach is filled with air. This is very serious problem in any dog, therefore if your dog shows any symptom of this, take him to the veterinarian. If not treated on time, your dog can die of a painful and horrible death.
Prevention of these diseases:
To keep your bully healthy and happy, and safe from such diseases, feed him a proper diet. Vaccinate him on regular bases and see to it that he gets regular exercise.
Brush you American Bulldog at least once a week to remove the dead hairs from their coat. Keep in mind that they should be brushed outside, in order not to thoroughly vacuum the room afterward. The best brush for an American Bulldog is not a brush but a rubber grooming glove. before brushing, wipe the coat with a disposable wipe to remove the dirt and moisten the hair. Then go thoroughly with the glove or comb.
The American Bulldogs are more than any other dog, prone to yeast infections in their ears. Check inside your Bulldog ears weekly for the signs of any infection, and clean it with a cotton ball and a gentle, vet approved cleanser.
Just like humans, Dogs need their teeth regularly brush in order to prevent decay and bad breath. Brush their teeth twice a week using canine toothpaste.
If your AB’s nails click while walking on a hard surface, then you should understand that it’s time for a trim. Clip the nails using standard clippers but make sure not to cut them too short! doing so can cut into the quick (Vein running through the nail) making and to bleed and painful for the dog.
If you have an active family, then the American Bulldog will fit right in. You should give your dog about an hour or two of outside exercise per day. However, if you don’t give these exercises then the American Bulldog will take it on your home and things will really get messed up. Activities can include walking, jogging, chasing balls, agility, farm work and advanced obedience training.
Unless you can fulfill the outdoor activity requirements, apartments and condo dwellers should sta away from it. houses with fence yards or farms are best suited for American Bulldogs.
The American Bulldog is an athletic and protective as well as a working dog. Also, it can be a good family dog if it is trained and socialized well in the early days. It is loyal to its owner and will protect him till the last moment. It has some health issues, therefore needs great care. If you want to own an American Bulldog, then you should be up for all the responsibilities it requires to live a good life with good health.