American Bull

American Bulldog

American Bulldog

Why do I need to know?

It is important to know as much as possible about your potential pets or common traits your dog may have.  Here at Rose Cottage we make it our priority to ensure we have the knowledge and we want to share that with you.  

There are some breeds we are unable to take, which is much to our regret, but we have to make sure every dog can enjoy the facilities here at Rose Cottage.  The way we care for your dogs would make it impossible to offer this to some breeds, due to the nature of the dog breed, but also the care that breed may need.     

We will always recommend the best, to our knowledge, place to take your baby.  If we find we are unable to take your dog.


The American bulldog is a strong working breed that’s built to be a farmer’s right-hand doggo. He shares a pittie’s solid form and large, blocky head, but he’s much bigger.


The American bulldog was bred in the United States in the 1700s, using a mixture of bulldog imports from England.

He was designed to fulfil many roles around a property, including guardian, catch dog, and herder.

His popularity fell over the years, but he made a recent resurgence in recent years.


American bulldogs stand between 20 and 28 inches at the withers. Weights vary from 60 to 120(!) pounds depending on sex. His muscled body should still allow for a smooth gait. He’s heavily boned and built but shouldn’t look overly bulky or round like the more familiar (English) bulldog.

His head is large and wide with a broad muzzle and noticeable jowls. His expression is always alert, and his ears are set high, with dark brown eyes preferred (though not required). American bulldogs typically have black noses, though red and brown schnozzes are also allowed. 

The American bulldog’s coat is less than an inch long and stiff to the touch. It should lay flat and never exhibit a wave or curl.


American bulldogs come in many colours and patterns, including white, fawn, and brindle. The only disqualifications are solid black, solid blue, tricolour, merle, and a solid black mask.

Common Health Issues

The American bulldogs lives between 10 and 15 years which is longer than most bulldogs, but he has several notable health concerns, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Deafness
  • Hyperuricosuria
  • Ichthyosis
  • Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL)
  • Cherry eye
  • Entropion

Breed Registries

  • American Kennel Club
  • United Kennel Club

What to expect from an Staffordshire Bull Terrier

American bulldogs are great family dogs that are highly protective of their home and humans.  He’s famous for his sloppy kisses, but he won’t offer those to strangers.  He is naturally standoffish to new people or dogs, so make sure he’s well socialized in puppyhood and beyond to avoid issues.

For a bulldog, he’s on the easier side to train.  He responds well to rewards and learns quickly.  He can be bull-headed if under-exercised or bored, so make sure you don’t use too much repetition or he’ll quickly tune you out.  Combining learning with fun and play breaks is ideal.

He’s a regular shedder, though it isn’t an overwhelming amount.  His short coat is easy to care for, only needing brushing to remove loose hair and bathing when dirty.

American bulldogs need daily exercise.  He’s a perfect breed pick for a running partner, though a long hike or walk along with games of tug-of-war or fetch work well, too.

He isn’t a dog that can burn off his steam in the backyard alone.  He will become frustrated and destructive, making a dog walker a must if you’re short on time.

Lots of Love

I hope that has given you some food for thought.  Learn more about us here at Rose Cottage.

Lots of Love, as always

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Dawn, Lilly and Tucker

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