The American Bulldog is a breed of dog that has a rather short and harsh coat which makes it rather easy to groom. This kind of a dog breed is not much of a shedder, shedding hair only at an average rate. Grooming your American bulldog can be a pretty easy task and following a few tips in grooming them can make it a whole lot easier.
With such a short coat of hair, American bulldogs do not necessarily require too much grooming and are often easily taken care of in this aspect. What you will need when you have to bathe your American bulldog are a bathtub of warm water and your favorite dog shampoo. When you bathe your bulldog, which is ideally done only once every one to two months, you should try and make sure that the dog shampoo does not get into your dog's eyes. This can easily irritate your dog's eyes. You should also take care that the shampoo does not enter your dog's ears as well.
Bathing need not be done too often since these dogs are usually indoors and with a short coat of hair covering them, they are not that prone to dirt. Also, constant bathing strips your dog's coat of the natural oils which gives it the sheen to make it look good. The natural oils also protect your dog from parasites and provide the warmth that your bulldog needs to keep itself from the cold.
Warm water is advisable when bathing your American bulldog and you should bathe your pet indoors to help keep them warm. When shampooing your bulldog, start from the neck down to the tail. Make sure that you gently scrub the small crevices where dirt can be found like in between the toes and under the tail. If you find this hard to do with your hands, a q-tip would easily suffice. After bathing, wipe off your dog completely with a clean fluffy towel. Depending on the weather, if it's warm enough, you can get your dog to go outside to shake off any excess water. Otherwise, you may want to keep your dog indoors if the weather is too cold for him to go out into in his damp state.
Just like humans who brush their hair to get it to shine and look attractive, American bulldogs need a fair amount of coat brushing as well to get their short coats of hair looking attractive. You should make sure that you use a brush that has soft enough bristles that won't scratch your dog. To test this, try running the brush you are planning on using along your arm. If it feels sharp or stings, chances are your dog will feel what you felt when you brush him with it. It is ideal for you bulldog to get a good brushing once a day to help keep his short coat of hair looking clean, sleek and shiny. Brushing should be done with a backward motion in one direction, starting from the head down to the tail and should be done with just enough force to remove any dead hair yet light enough not to hurt the dog.