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American Bulldog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Giant
Weight: 60 - 120 pounds / 27 - 54 kg
Height: 20 - 28 inches / 52 - 70 cm
Longevity: 16
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High


With a bloody past, the American Bulldog has gone a long way from being bred for the bloody sports bull-baiting to being farmers and rancher’s best friends.

The American Bulldog is the Bulldog that is taller, faster and more agile than the comical English show dog. Among the larger breeds of dogs, the Ambull, as it is fondly called is one of the best all-around working dogs for the breed’s excellence in various fields.

They are great guard dogs, excellent hunting dogs which can go head to head with a bear, wild boar as well as smaller games such as raccoon and squirrels! Farmers who own them take pride in this breed for their exceptional intelligence, stamina and protective instincts, all of which are great to have when working a farm. The American version of the Bulldog has longer legs, is faster and has better agility than the English show dog.

Official Name

American Bulldog
Other Name – Old Country Bulldog, Ambull, Am Bull


Date – 17th century / Countries – Europe and USA
Family / Group – Mastiff, Working Dogs


American Bulldog’s development can be traced back as far as the 17th century where bull-baiting was a big wagering sport. This is a bloody sport where dogs are pitted against bulls inside a ring, hence the name Bulldogs. During the early 18th century when bull baiting was outlawed, the Bulldog breeders began developing gentler, heavier and stronger dogs for farm work.

The American Bulldog breed was on the verge of extinction if not for the relentless efforts of Georgian native John D. Johnson. After his service during World War II, Mr. Johnshon decided to save the breed and gathered the best specimens he could, scouring all corners of the rural South and bring the Ambul back from the brink of extinction.


Known to be stubborn during the initial parts of their training, American Bulldog’s always ends up responding to their handler’s commands after some time. They are faithful dogs who are always happy, always loving and always friendly. The Ambull may show assertiveness and commanding confidence, but this rarely gets out of control.

The breed is known to be family-oriented, making them great family dogs who often show their affectionate nature to children. Having this breed trained properly will result in a dog that will protect their owners to great lengths as the American Bulldog can be truly loyal.

They are also great working dogs, showing impressive strength and stamina which perfectly matches their tough and determined outlook in life. They are not hostile even with that intimidating stance. It only shows their alertness, high self-confidence and strong-minded instincts.

Bred For

Developed for various things including bull bating, working dogs, guarding and hunting big to small games


The American Bulldog will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.


Ambulls have these short and harsh coats that require minimal grooming efforts. Bathe only when necessary. This breed is known to be an average shedder.


Being dominant dogs, American Bulldogs need either an experienced dog handler or a master with a firm hand to remind them who’s in charge.


The American Bull Dog breed is generally healthy. The most common ailments are hip dysplasia on account of their huge size.


The American Bulldog should be taken on a long daily walk.



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