Breeds of Bulldogs | America’s More Popular Breeds
Breeds of Bulldogs, or Bull breeds, are common throughout the United States. Perhaps it is their friendly disposition towards their owners that makes them so attractive or their photogenic looks. It is therefore not surprising that people get enthusiastic whenever the topic of Bulldogs comes up. In fact, some feel it is the National Breed of the United States! In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the more recognized Bulldog breeds in America.
Notable for its use as a watchdog, the American Bulldog(AB) is one of the more common breeds in America today. History shows that they have been bred to excel at protection work and to guard. They instinctively know a threat to their family or their owner. That is why early training and socialization is an absolute must. “One trainer suggests that you should have 100 people over (not all at once of course) during the first 100 days after you get your dog.” Socialization reduces their natural protective instincts, giving them the title of “Gentle Giant.”
The AB is a relatively large dog, weighing 66 to 130 pounds (male). It is essentially a utility dog and is used as a “hog dog” in the South, catching Razorbacks and pigs. The American Bulldog has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years; its colors include white, red, fawn, all shades of brindle, and brown.
Regarding character, it is a very loyal and reliable dog. It is also known to be very alert and confident. However, regarding children,
American bulldogs are great with children and are very loving and protective with them. However, this is a very strong and powerful breed with a very strong prey drive, which is easily set off by an excited, running, screaming child. Close supervision is a must when owning dogs with kids. A dog is not a babysitter. (American Bulldog rescue)
Like most breeds of Bulldogs, the most serious health concern about the AB is hip dysplasia. Also, they can be afflicted with skin disorders such as dog mange and ichthyosis (fish scale disease). Eye disorders include cherry eye and entropion. Allergies and thyroid problems sometimes do occur. The good news is they very seldom become deaf.
As the name suggests, Aussie Bulldogs have an Australian origin. Its proper name is the Australian Bulldog. A lot of breeders have worked together to make a line that is healthy, a Bulldog in appearance yet free of problem areas. The breeds used to develop the Aussie line were the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier (body structure, muscle tone, and alertness), Boxer and Bullmastiff (alertness, dependable watchdog, turn of stifle), and the British Bulldog (affectionate, aesthetically appealing).
Aussies come in different colors such as mahogany, red, fawn, brindle, and apricot. They typically weigh between 62 and 77 pounds (male) while the females could weigh as much as 62 pounds. Height is usually about 18 to 20 inches for males. They are considered medium sized bulldogs.
Aussies live for about 10 to 12 years. It is not ideal for them to live in apartments and they need lots of exercise to stay healthy. They are rarely aggressive toward people. Considered an easy-going Bulldog breed, this intelligent dog loves to play and enjoys children.
Banter Bulldogs have been very common in the United States. They are said to have been created by one Todd Tripp in the late 1990‘s. It was supposedly developed to replace the now extinct Bullebeisser.
This Bulldogge typically lives for about 13 years and weighs from 50 to 85 pounds, depending on their sex. Height is usually around 20 to 24 inches.
Banter Bulldogs are commonly used as watch dogs as they are very sensitive to happenings in their surrounding environment. They are also known to bark when they see anything “unusual.” Overall, this is a friendly dog and is good with children.
The English Bulldogs were created in the United Kingdom and are small to medium size dogs. They were originally trained to fight bulls as a blood sport, called bull-baiting. Because of today’s dog show standards, the breed has become shorter legged, wider chested and extremely short-faced.
They live for as long as ten years and reach a height of up to 16 inches. Typical weight is usually from 55 to 55 pounds for males but somewhere around 50 pounds for the females.
They come in several colors that are typical of bulldogs, such as brindle, red and fawn.
In spite of how tough the English Bulldog appears, they are unable to cool itself off through panting. Therefore, overheating is a major concern for this breed. If the dog gets too hot, it may seek out water to lie in or go swimming. Unfortunately, some Bulldogs drown very quickly. They require a quality ventilation of AC/heat to maintain optimal body temperature properly. This Bulldog is, however, susceptible to several diseases.
English Bulldogs are susceptible to genetic predispositions to diseases and skin issues. Other problem areas are cardiac and respiratory; hip dysplasia; dystocia; cherry eyes; excessive wrinkling of the facial skin can lead to infection; heat issues due to pinched nasal passages and abnormally narrow trachea; brachycephalic ocular syndrome (eyes); and its abnormal jaw structure gives the English Bulldog unusual placement, number, and development of teeth.
Its temperament varies, but basically the English Bulldog is very docile and friendly.
The little “couch potato,” or French Bulldog, is very common in America. It is a cross between the English bull and small ratties in local France. The male dogs weigh around 20 to 28 pounds (the 28 pounders are automatically disqualified from dog shows) while the female ones weigh a maximum of 24 pounds. They also have a height of 11 to 12 inches. This makes this cute breed appear as a toy dog.
One of the most crucial influences in growing the French bulldog’s popularity was their favor with late-19th and early-20th-century Parisian “belles de nuit” (aka prostitutes). In fact, these French prostitutes were the first to call dogs the breed “Bouledogues Francais,” or French bulldogs (Buzzsharer).
They come in different colors such as white, brindle & white, fawn, brindle, cream, black and tan.
Regarding temperament, the French dogs are known to be very playful and alert. Being a very friendly kind of dog, French bulldogs are truly man‘s companion.
“Frenchies,” as they are sometimes called, love to have some space around them. They need lots of exercises to maintain a healthy weight as they are little munchies who can quickly gain weight. Regular evening strolls are usually enough.
Olde English Bulldogges
Contrary to its name, the Olde English Bulldogge came into existence as late as the 1970s. It was created by one Daniel Leavitt from an older breed of Bulldog, a true breeding lineage.
“Leavitt crossed English bulldogs with American Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terriers and Bull Mastiffs. The result was an athletic breed that looks similar to the bulldogs of 1820 but also has a friendly temperament.” (Wikipedia)
This breed is medium size, with males around 60 to 80 pounds and 17 to 20 inches at the withers. The females weigh around 50 to 70 pounds and 16 to 19 inches at the withers. The old English bulldog lives from nine to 14 years.
It comes in different colors, too. Some of these colors are black, brindle and white, fawn brindle, red brindle, and gray. It is quite muscular, strong, and athletic. IAlso it has large canine teeth and loves to chew.
This very friendly bulldog has fewer diseases than many of the other bulldogs, but are susceptible to the breed diseases, such as hip dysplasia. They have become excellent breathers, but still are very sensitive to heat issues. Some of its serious faults are excessive wrinkles and lack of pigment around eyes, nose or mouth.
Otto Bulldogs are also very popular in the United States. They are a very athletic and active breed of bulldogs. The males weigh around ED pounds, while the females weigh close to 65 pounds. They usually grow to reach a height of about 22 inches and litter is from 4 to 8 puppies. Also, they live for about 12 to 15 years.
Otto Bulldogs are suitable for apartment lifestyle, but they need lots of exercises. A regular evening stroll usually goes a long way to keeping the Otto Bulldogs healthy.
Victorian Bulldogs are a very muscular and athletic breed of bulldog. It weighs 55 to 75 pounds. It can be a medium or large dog. Medium Victorian Bulldogs have a height of 15 to 19 inches. Victorian bulldogs can be white, fawn, red brindle, white brindle, or solid red in color. Lifespan is somewhere between 12 and 15 years.
The Victorian Bulldog has an average shedding and is easy to groom. However, it is prone to some diseases such as cherry; but this not very common. It is also worth noting that this breed has a high immunity hence unlike other typical Bulldog breeds, it is not especially susceptible to diseases.
In conclusion for Breeds of Bulldogs
Each of the Breeds of Bulldogs that we have examined has features that make it unique and different from others. Owning anyone of them can be a great experience, but it goes beyond that. There is much to learn like how to sedate a dog; how to keep a dog out of trash; and how to feed a dog. Knowing each of these things and many others would make owning any of the Breeds of Bulldogs a worthwhile experience.
Bio – Author of the guest post is Emily Wilson, who is also the owner of the blog Desirable Puppy.
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