The first American Bulldogs were imported into
In Australia, there are basically three types of the breed, the Johnson, the Scott and what is known as a Hybrid, which is a mix of the two strains. Hybrid and Scott type dogs are commonly refered to as "Performance" type American Bulldogs due to their athletic abilities.
The American Bulldog is a medium to large dog with short hair, a large head and very muscular with a large chest. They come in a variety of colours but they should have a percentage of white on them. Depending on the look you are after they are very attractive dogs but appearances and features vary within the strains of the breed. They are extremely loyal and protective animals that bond very close to the family, they usually adore children. The dog needs room and exercise but this will vary with the strain and type of dog you choose. The other feature we have found common with the breed is they very rarely dig holes and only bark when there is a reason. Other features such as drive, endurance, stamina and working ability will vary from dog to dog and within strains of the breed.
The American Bulldog along with a number of other less common or rare breeds are not a recognised breed with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC). This does not mean they are not pure bred dogs. In the USA they are recognised by the UKC, which is an organisation that represents a number of working breeds. In Australia the breed is represented by the American Bulldog National Breed Council of Australia (ABNBCA). This organization is not affiliated with the ANKC as it wants to see the breed retain it's working abilities and does not want it to turn into a conformation "Show" dog. The American Bulldog is very unique and can turn its hand to most tasks and to loose this ability would be very detrimental to the breed.
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