Hi everyone, I am new here but I have taken a look at the forum a couple of times. I was wondering if anyone has an American Bulldog, or know any information about them. I have had dogs before but not an Am. Bulldog and I have heard mostly good things about them. I just want to make sure that there will be not too many suprises, as I understand that no two dogs are alike. If you guys could lend any information that would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Kenster, BullyMom here. Just saw your post and thought I would help answer any questions you may have! I would like to say that the American Bulldog (AB) is a wonderful breed, but not for everyone. I don't recommend them for first time dog owners or anyone who has not had experience with a large domiant breed. They require early and consistant training and socialization as they can be considered "stubborn" and "bull headed" and if they are not started yound they can be quite a handful as an adult. They can be dog aggressive (usually just same sex aggressive, but I have seen opposites that have not gotten along also) This breed is not a dog park, off leash kind of dog. They were bred as catch dogs so the instinct to chase and catch is very strong. Mine have caught cattle, horses, hogs, cats, rabbits..... any critter (or percieved critter) is considered fair game. You just need to be aware of this especially if you or your neighbors have cats, etc. They can be very loving pets and can be great with children if brought up together. They do need a fair amount of excercise.. a job is preferred. If you are a sit around at home type, the AB is not for you. My dogs love hangtime, flirtpole excercise, running, weightpull, protection work, agility.... they can be very high drive and energetic. What are your plans for an AB? Are you looking for a pet dog or a working/show dog? Are you an active person or a lazy person? Is your yard large and fenced? Are there any breed restrinctions in your homeowners policy? Do you own or rent your home?etc..... Your answers to those questions can make or break the decision of whether or not the AB is right for you. There are a few distinct types of AB. The Johnson or bully type, the Scott or standard type, and the hybrid type. The Johnson or bully type tends to be large boned with a bully short muzzle (mastiff in appearance) the standard type is finer boned, with a longer muzzle (more like the APBT) and can be more athletic. The hybrid type is a combo of the two. This isn't always the case with these types as many people are breeding all types together or breeding thier own type.. this is just a basic guideline. This breed is becomming very popular too fast. There are thousands of "breeders" out there with prices ranging from $100-$4000. The important thing when searching for the right AB is that your breeder is knowledgable about the breed (can give you history, breed characteristics, temperament, bloodlines, health concerns, etc.) They should offer a health guarantee of at least one year and should have a good contract. They should be able to provide references and preferably work or show thier dogs. Health testings should have been performed and they should be willing to show you thier dogs. The average price for a well bred AB is going to be about $1000-$1500. A pet should go on a spay/nueter contract with limited or no registration and that will cost about $600-$800. I could go on and on, but I will admit that my head types faster than my fingers! LOL! Feel free to check out my website and email or call with any questions you may have. http://www.parkinsabs.com Another great link for info to check out is the American Bulldog Resources at http://www.dogresources.com/abrhome.html Again, feel free to contact me for further info on this great breed. I am more than happy to help educate possible AB owners. Good luck in your search!!
BullyMom i've been trying to get a hold of the manager of the pet store to see if there is something I can do to get the female AB.She's definetly the finer boned AB. Now socialized early I would think she would be fine with my 2 dogs and 3 cats. Considering now she's in the same kennel with a Blood Hound.I'm just waiting for the manager to get back in touch with me.Odd question ,do AB ever come with red noses. This one has a red nose. Or is it the APBT possibly creeping up in genetics. Thanks.
I think neither for first time dog owners. With either breed you need to be educated on them,you need to have first hand knowledge .Dangerous situations can occur from a inexperienced owner. It's not neccasarily the owners fault if the dog was bought on a whim. I blame the breeder who didn't screen the buyers ,and just the sold the puppy to first come first serve(dollar signs),these puppys do not belong in pet stores.No dogs do,but especially the bully breeds.These dogs are not for every one.
From what I gather they are called the Nanny dog and very good with children. I couldn't say more then that ,i'm not familiar with them. I think in England the Staffy Bulls are one of their favorite dogs.Just search it on the web,tons of info should come up on them. One thing I did hear is dog on dog aggression with the Staffy Bulls if properly socialized is almost non existant. But that's what I heard,read up on the breed.
Red.. good luck in trying to get that girl home. I wish I could wring the neck of her breeder... to answer your question about AB's having red noses.. yes there are a few lines that carry the red nose gene. It hadn't been all that common, but in the last few years I have seen a ton of them and they are being accepted in the standards (even winning at shows!). No doubt in my mind it comes from heavy APBT and Dogue De Bordeaux influence. This pups breeder must have a few other dogs not on her site though, because I don't recall seeing any red nosed ones. Red noses are a recessive gene... it generally takes 2 red nosed parents to produce a red nosed pup. Wouldn't surprise me if her breeder had a lot of other dogs on her place. I would assume a few APBT to mix with the AB's and she is falsifying papers. If you do happen to get that female, I wouldn't mind seeing her pedigree just to help you determine either way. Don't hesitate to email or call if you have any questions or need help with anything. Always enjoy helping out when I can.