American Bulldog Breed

Although a larger breed, the American Bulldog is very gentle and loving.
By: PawCulture Editors
American Bulldog

About the American Bulldog Breed

The American Bulldog has a very sturdy and muscular build, weighing anywhere from 60 to 120 pounds at a height of 20 to 28 inches. This breed has a large head with strong jaws with ears that may be cropped, semi-prick, rose or drop.

American Bulldog Physical Characteristics


The American Bulldog comes in any variation of colors, although solid black, blue, merle or tricolor is undesirable.


With a short, soft coat, the American Bulldog requires little grooming.

American Bulldog Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



Although a larger breed, the American Bulldog is a very gentle and loving breed that loves children.

Things to Consider

The American Bulldog is brave and protective and is best when trained at a young age.

American Bulldog Care

Ideal Living Conditions

American Bulldog will do okay as an apartment pet as long as it gets sufficient outdoors exercise.

Special Requirements

Early training and socialization both in the home and outside of the home is essential for this breed.

American Bulldog Health

The American Bulldog generally lives about 10 to 16 years and is considered a healthy breed. Some genetic issues common to the breed include neuronal ceroidlipofuscinosis, lchthyosis, disorders of the kidney and thyroid, ACL tears, hip and elbow dysplasia, cherry eye, entropoin, ectropion and bone cancer.

American Bulldog History and Background

An older version of the Bulldog originated in England and was used to catch cattle and guard property until it became the breed of choice in a brutal sport known as bull baiting. By the end of World War II, the breed was almost extinct, however, a few devote breeders decided to revive the American Bulldog.

Two different lines of Bulldogs appeared during this growth period; however, most of today’s American Bulldogs are a cross between the two. The American Bulldog was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1999.