Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are affectionate, docile and devoted to their families. While they make excellent guard and protection dogs, Alapahas love nothing more than spending time with their favorite human. Some owners have even gone as far as to call their Alapahas their "shadow," as they love the attention so much!
These very clever dogs do take to training well, but they do need an experienced hand to help them understand what is expected of them. Those that have never raised a dog of this type would do well to at least take an obedience class with their Alapaha to learn the best way to train. These dogs do not take well to negative, threatening or abusive reinforcement, but those that overindulge their Alapaha may have a little tyrant on their hands!
Here are some more interesting facts about the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog:
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are considered to be a Molosser breed.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are descended from Old English Bulldogs, which have since become extinct.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are more recently descended from the old plantation dogs that worked plantations and farms in the Alapaha River region of Southern Georgia.
After the plantation era ended, the Lane family of Rebecca, Georgia worked to keep the breed alive by continuing to breed these dogs for over three generations.
Lana Lou Lane is the person responsible for the continuation of the breed and the effort to have the breed recognized. She contacted the American Research Foundation, an association specializing in rare breeds, in 1986.
Lana Lou Lane gave the breed its name. "Alapaha" came from the Alapaha River region, where she lived, and the "Blue Blood" was given because of the dog's noble stature.
While its popularity is still growing, it has not yet been recognized by the American Kennel Club or any other major kennel club. The primary registry for the breed is the American Research Foundation.
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is still considered to be a very rare breed. While the exact number of Alapahas is not known, most estimates place the number at below two hundred living dogs today.
From 1986 to 2001, the American Research Foundation registered just under seven hundred Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are said to be excellent guard and protection dogs.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are said to be very good with children, and there are those that even go as far as to say that an Alapaha will play differently with a three year old than it does with a twelve year old!