American Bulldog: reviews. "The nature of the American bulldog depends on education!"
American Bulldog Character
Modern dogs are descended from the descendants of these "old bulldogs" brought to the United States by settlers. These dogs were preserved and bred on farms in the southern US states, and only for working use.
American Bulldogs are known as excellent bodyguards and watchmen. They guarded herds, protected the property of their owners and fought off attacks by wild animals.
American bulldogs still have a well-developed hunting instinct. With them successfully hunt large animals, including wild boar and bear.
American Bulldogs are very human-centered dogs. They adore people and cannot live without them for a single day.
The character of the American bulldog may be different depending on the education. You can grow a coward out of him, or you can a desperately brave friend who is not afraid of anyone and nothing.
There are very active American bulldogs, but there are also quite calm, even phlegmatic - everything is individual here.
Observations of the breeder: When we lived in the apartment, our adult dogs behaved quite calmly there, they were neither seen nor heard. Moreover, two large dogs felt great in a two-room apartment.
American bulldogs do not show aggression towards humans - unless, of course, they are “at work” and are not directly attacked.
Our dogs live with small children and treat them very patiently, stoically tolerate all children's pranks. If it becomes completely unbearable, they just leave. However, these dogs are generally not easy to piss off.
Breeder's recommendation: But anyway, no matter how confident you are in your dog, do not leave it with a small child without control!
American bulldog and baby
However, in relation to other animals, American bulldogs can act quite tough and always strive to be leaders. Aggression in their address will definitely not endure. However, it all depends on education. In our house, they get along well with cats, chickens and geese. On the street, they also do not touch anyone: we calmly walk with them and go to exhibitions. But if someone else's cat, for example, enters our territory, they will protect their lands.
American bulldogs tolerate trips well and love to travel. Once you open the car door - and they are already inside!
The education and training of the American Bulldog
Each dog is an individual, so each American Bulldog will have to look for its own approach. Training will not be any difficulty if you correctly selected the "key" for the pet.
American bulldogs understand the words very well, so you can express your dissatisfaction orally - and the dog will penetrate.
Breeder's Observations: If everything is done correctly, then in matters of obedience the American Bulldog can give odds even to such breeds as the German or Belgian Shepherd.
In the USA, American bulldogs are a symbol of the Marine Corps and successfully serve in the armed forces. Of course, they are not as hardy as German shepherds, and in the cold season they are more difficult because of the short coat, but their service qualities are very much appreciated.
An American bulldog can be a security guard or bodyguard. If you prefer sports, then with a dog of this breed you can engage in weight pulling (drag and drop). In winter, our dogs ride children (and us) on a sled. You can, of course, try yourself in agility, but here the American bulldog will lose to lighter and faster breeds.
American Bulldog Maintenance and Care
The American Bulldog is a smooth-haired dog, so the cold does not tolerate very well. Despite the fact that we now live outside the city, dogs still live in the house.
American bulldogs do not shed much, but short hair is rather difficult to clean.
But in general, looking after these dogs is not difficult.
We only wash our dogs before shows or in the event of heavy pollution. Also, as necessary, clean the ears and trim the claws.
American bulldogs are mostly clean, go around puddles and do not get dirty in the mud. But they can lie in the sand.
American bulldogs are well accustomed to the toilet, but, again, it all depends on the education.For example, our puppy at 4 months old already goes to the toilet only on the street and does not recover at home.
American Bulldog Feeding
American bulldogs are very fond of eating, so they tend to overeat. Make sure your pet is not obese.
Breeder's recommendation: American bulldogs are not too picky - they will eat what they give - but at the same time prone to allergies, so you need to be very careful when drawing up a diet. And in no case do not feed the leftovers of your lunch!
Some of our bulldogs eat dry food, some - “natural”, it all depends on the particular dog.
American Bulldog Health
There are genetic diseases that American Bulldogs are predisposed to. These are diseases of the nervous system that appear in violation of coordination of movements, and ichthyosis is a skin disease. However, in Belarus this is extremely rare.
Testing for dysplasia is mandatory, but this is the scourge of almost all large breeds.
In general, with proper care and maintenance there are no health problems. Although it’s more difficult for beginners - they can take a mosquito bite on a dog as a symptom of a dangerous disease, especially after reading information on the Internet.
What kind of owner does an American bulldog need?
The American bulldog may be the first dog, but in this case, the owner will necessarily need consultations and classes with a specialist.
We always give advice to the owners of our puppies regarding maintenance, feeding, walking, etc., but with regard to upbringing, it is difficult to help from a distance, direct contact with the owner and the dog is necessary. Only in this case there will be a positive result.
Photo of American Bulldogs from the personal archive of Tatyana Telpuk«