American Bulldog Breed Information

The Bulldog is perhaps the most iconic of dogs. The American Bulldog breed information below profiles this branch of the classic breed including positives and negatives of the breed. Wondering if this dog is the best breed for you? Visit our puppies for sale page to use our free "Find Your Best Friend" App to find out.


The American Bulldog has a life expectancy of 9 to 14 years.


The American Bulldog originated in England in the 1600s. At that time, the name “bulldog” was used to describe a dog that did a specific type of work rather than a specific breed. Bulldogs were used to guard property and drive cattle. They were also used in the dangerous practice of bull baiting. Eventually bull baiting was outlawed and the bulldog transitioned into a family dog.

As immigrants moved from England to America, they brought their dogs with them, some of which included the bulldog. In America, the bulldog continued to be used as a working farm dog, but by the end of World War II they were almost extinct. A returning soldier named John D. Johnson took it upon himself to save the breed, eventually developing the American Bulldog.


The American Bulldog weighs 80 to 120 pounds and measures 22 to 28 inches.

Grooming Needs

The American Bulldog only has a few grooming needs. The American Bulldog has a short, stiff coat that sheds regularly and just needs to be brushed weekly. The American Bulldog only needs the occasional bath. Like all dogs, the American Bulldog also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  


The American Bulldog is confident, protective and very devoted to their family.


The American Bulldog loves their family and thrives on attention from them. The American Bulldog is especially fond of children, but does not always have the same affection for strangers. The American Bulldog is normally friendly with new people, but can be territorial and overly protective of their home and family. They can also be aggressive with other dogs and will not back down from a fight.

Training Needs

The American Bulldog likes to be in charge and the dominant member of the household. The American Bulldog is best suited to a home with an experienced dog owner. The American Bulldog requires a leader who is firm and assertive, and knows how to manage the dog’s strong-willed nature. Early socialization is very important for American Bulldogs to help them overcome any aggression.

Activity Level

The American Bulldog likes to work and likes to move. The American Bulldog is energetic and requires lots of exercise in the form of long walks, jogs and games. They should have room both indoors and outdoors to play.

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