The two types of American Bulldogs are the Johnson, classic or bully type, and the Scott, standard, or performance type. Bred as a farm utility dog, this large breed is generally a tall and stocky dog with a large head, thick neck, and a muscular body.
Since the emphasis is on ability rather than appearance, his height and weight considerably vary. He can weigh 27–54 kilos and stand at 52–70 centimetres at the withers. As American Bulldog puppies are a large breed, it would take between 12 and 18 months for them to become fully matured. However, their physique may continue to develop until they reach around 2 to 3 years of age.
American Bulldog’s coat is short, smooth, and shiny. The breed doesn’t shed heavily, but he sheds throughout the year. Hence, he is non-hypoallergenic and not a great match for dog lovers with allergies.
Although you cannot stop the American Bulldog from producing allergens, there are many ways to reduce it. These include bathing and brushing the Bulldog regularly and cleaning your home frequently. Washing your dog’s items such as his bed and blanket is necessary too as these items collect a lot of dander. This also applies to fabrics such as curtains and carpets inside your home for the same reason.
Grooming the American Bulldog does not require a lot of effort as he is a low-maintenance breed. He only needs twice a week of brushing with a rubber grooming mitt. Only give him a bath when he begins to have that particular doggy smell.
American Bulldogs are big droolers. This is because of his loose jowls. His constant slobber makes eating and drinking quite messy. It is a good idea to provide chew toys to your Bulldog. These toys soak up some of the Bulldog’s drool and encourage him to swallow more often. Moreover, they help in removing plaque and improve dental health.
Weekly tooth brushing is also required since he is prone to bad breath. Start brushing his teeth whilst young to help your Bulldog puppy getting used to the routine. Giving him chew bones and toys will also keep his teeth free from tartar build-up.
Dogs generally don’t like their paws to be touched, so it is best to acquaint your American Bulldog to nail trimming early. Always make this process a positive experience by being extra careful and giving rewards and praises after. Also make sure that his ears are clean and his skin free from spots, redness, and parasites.
Do American Bulldogs have Pit Bull in them?
American Bulldogs do not have Pit Bull in them. Although both breeds have many similarities in terms of appearance and temperament, they have different ancestries. The Pit Bull Terrier is the result of cross-breeding a Bulldog with a Terrier to create a muscular dog with the agility of a Terrier. Meanwhile, the American Bulldog is a descendant of the English Bulldog.