The muscular, sturdy and powerful, yet compact frame of the American Bulldog remains higher on the leg, more agile and swifter than its English counterpart. Males are stockier and heavier boned than the females. The head is large with strong jaws. Agile and light on his feet, the chest is wide and moderately deep, giving the sense of athletic ability and power. The neck is muscular, tapering from the shoulders to the head and may have a slight dewlap. The head is square, large and broad with muscular cheeks relatively in proportion to the size and overall structure of the dog. There is a defined furrow between the rounded eyes, with a distinct, sharply defined, deep stop. The strong muzzle is broad and square. The preferred bite is reverse scissors, but a moderate under bite, scissors or even bite are acceptable. A variety of ear types are acceptable including cropped, rose, Eyes can come in any color. Black eye rims are preferred on white dogs. Pink eye rims are considered a fault according to the written standard. The nose is black, red, brown or grizzle; black is the preferred color according to the standard. In black-nosed dogs, the preferred lip color is black, though some pink is permitted. The lips should be full but not too loose. The front legs are heavy-boned, strong and straight. The hindquarters should be very broad and thick with well-defined muscles. The tail is low-set, begins thick at the base, and tapers to a point. The coat is smooth and short, and comes in all shades of brindle including red brindle, varying degrees of white, red, brown, tan, fawn and piebald.
Height: Males 22 - 28 inches Females 20 - 26 inches
Weight: Males 70 - 120 pounds Females 60 - 100 pounds
The breed is loyal, reliable, brave and determined.. Alert and self-confident, this breed usually loves children. It is known for its acts of heroism toward its master. It has strong protective instincts, and needs a firm, confident pack leader. Well-socialize and obedience train them at an early age, to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. Without a strong-minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of it, it may be aggressive with other dogs. They need to be around people and know their place in their pack to be truly happy. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may become hard to handle.
Prone to hip dysplasia.
The American Bulldog should be taken on a long daily walk..
Up to 16 years
The short coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.