The American Bulldog is a powerful, athletic short-coated dog, strongly muscled, and well boned. The body is just slightly longer than tall. The head is large and broad, with a wide muzzle. Ears are small to medium in size, high set, and may be drop, semi-prick, rose, or cropped. The tail may be docked or natural.
The two men who are recognized as the pioneers of bringing the breed back from possible extinction are John D. Johnson and Alan Scott.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Notes on the Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
The American Kennel Club: Foundation Stock Service 2019
The American Bulldog is not recognized by FCI or The Kennel Club UK.
Multiple Standards (ABA, UKC, ARF, NKC, ABRA)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care.
Click here to view the 2011-2016 Agria Breed profile for American Bulldog .
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
AKC: List of Health tests for the American Bulldog
Recommended Health Tests
Canine Multifocal Retinopathy 1 (CMR1)
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 10 (NCL10)
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association (ABBA) : http://www.alapahabluebloodbulldogs.org/index.php
This registry authorized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA).
AKC: Breed Contact Information: Katrina Huffmaster: Phone: 850-519-3089
ABRA - American Bulldog Registry and Archives (ABRA)