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American Bulldog History
The American bulldog is a rare breed, yet it is a very old breed, that has existed in the Southern United States for hundreds of years. Many of the immigrants coming to the new world brought their old world bulldogs with them where they knew they would still need working dogs to do the work of catch dogs as well as guard dogs and to hunt large game. These dogs are the living iniquity of the old time bulldogs. If you study the old time bulldogs in books, pictures, and on the webs you can clearly see that these southern bulldogs are very much like the old bulldogs of England.
By World war 2, the breed was near extinction until John D. Johnson and his father scoured the back roads of the South looking for the best specimens to revive the breed. During this time a young Alan Scott grew an interest in Mr. Johnson's dogs and began to work with him on the revitalization process. At some point, Alan Scott began infusing non-Johnson catch bulldogs from working southern farms with John D. Johnson's line creating the now Standard American Bulldog. At another point, Mr. Johnson began crossing his line with an atavistic Bulldog from the North that had maintained its genetic athletic vigor. This created a falling out between Johnson and Scott causing them to go their separate ways and breed the two significantly different versions of the American Bulldog.
The American Bulldog is a stocky and well built, strong dog with powerful jaws. Its coat is short and generally smooth. The breed is a light shedder. Colors can include solid white or any color pattern including red, brown, fawn and all shades of brindle. The color conformation is quite varied, but blue or any degree of merle is highly undesirable. It is considered a serious fault or disqualification by most breed standards. There should also be good (preferably black) pigmentation on the nose and eye rims, with only some pink being allowed. Preferred eye color is brown. American Bulldogs can be droolers. This varies and is more prevalent in those that are looser jowled or lipped. The Johnson is generally a larger, heavier dog with a shorter muzzle. Scott types often resemble a large, leggy Pit Bull. It is important to note that many modern American Bulldogs are a combination of the two types. These dogs are sometimes referred to as hybrids. In general, American Bulldogs weigh between 27 to 57 kg (60 to 125 lb) and are 52 to 70 cm (20 to 28 in) at the withers, but have been known to greatly exceed that.
Types of American Bulldogs (Old to Modern)
The Johnson type: This type is commonly known as the Classic or Bully type. These bulldogs are more aggressive and have pendulous lips, an undershot jaw, facial wrinkles and a shorter muzzle. Johnson's famous American Bulldog, the Incredible Mean Machine had 30% characteristics of an English Bulldog, and forms the foundation for most of the modern American Bulldog.
The Scott type: This type is also known as Standard or Performance type. Bulldogs belonging to this type are large, coarse, leggy and used to catch wild hogs and cattle. They have an athletic look and a long muzzle.
The Painter/Margentina type: They were developed in late 70s by Joe Painter, Margentina and Tappe, and are mainly used in dog fighting. They are small in size and weigh about 25 - 35 kg.
The Old Southern Whites type: These are the original country bulldogs. They served as a raw material for Johnson, Scott, etc, and helped them to develop advanced breeds of the American Bulldog.
The Hybrid type: These are mainly American Bulldogs whose bloodline is a mixture of Johnson and Scott type. Some of the successful breeders of this type are Kyle Symmes, Matt Boyd, Gray Souza, etc.
American Bulldogs can be your best companion, all they need is care and attention.
If properly groomed, trained, and socailized these dogs can be the best working dogs or a lovable and protective family pet.
Tip of the day: How to brush your pet effectively
Start brushing from the bottom, and work your way up. Comb thoroughly after brushing to detect any matting or tangles you may have missed with your brush.