Large, agile, muscular, tenacious family watchdog
This is a description of an American Bulldog with a little information on what having this dog is like.
It is hard for me to believe that I can say with true feelings that this is “one heck of a dog.”
I happen to have a “granddog” named Sadie that is a Johnson type American Bulldog.
There are two types of American Bulldogs, the Standard (Scott) and the Bully (Johnson.)
The Standard is somewhat smaller than the Johnson and has a longer muzzle, while the Johnson is larger with a Mastiff type head and a Bulldog style lower jaw.
This breed (both the Scott and Johnson) is not only extremely intelligent and confident, they are super imposing, powerful and very sturdy. Being knocked over by this dog is like being hit by a Mack truck.
Why would anyone want such an animal?
Truthfully, I wondered what was wrong with my daughter, when she called and said she had just bought one.
I knew nothing about the breed, except they looked mean and the price she paid would have kept me in ice cream for many years.
Being a good mother, I decided to take to the Internet and see what I could find out about my new grandchild.
One of the interesting things I learned is that the breed originated in this country and the English Bulldog is part of their ancestry. They were bred as all-purpose working dogs and are not an easy dog to recognize. The reason being there are the two types, I mentioned earlier and the look of the dog depends on the region in which it lives and the breeder.
They have often been mistaken for the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The are a heavy sturdy dog, males can weigh up to 125 pounds and the females up to 100 pounds. Our Miss Sadie is a delicate lady and weighs in the 90 pound range.
Their life span ranges from 8 to 12 years and can suffer from hip dysplasia, skin problems, heatstroke and neurological problems.
They are a dominant breed and need a strong hand to guide them.
The American Bulldog is protective of its family, is good with children, except small children can easily be knocked down and possibly hurt.
They get along well with other pets, even cats, if they are brought up with them. Some dogs have a tendency to go after small prey.
It is very important to socialize them at a very early age, they need to be exposed to all kinds of environment and people,
Their intelligence and expressive personalities make them almost human.
I believe our Sadie thinks she is one of the girls.
As Florida is our home, living outside is something we do and my daughter and son-in-law spend a great deal of time on their patio. Miss Sadie has her own chair and will sit at the table with friends and family enjoying the conversation.
The American Bulldog needs plenty of exercise. Sadie gets hers by chasing the squirrels up trees and helping “Pop-Pop” mow the vast yard by directing the riding lawn mower.
These dogs are interested in anything their humans are doing and Sadie has to help with whatever chores are going on outside.
Aggressive and protective are two words that can be used to describe this breed.
If you are considering adopting this breed be prepared to be the “leader.” It is very important that you are prepared from the moment you bring the puppy home to start training him/her in proper behavior and socializing it.
They are wonderful watchdogs along with being great companions.
At Miss Sadie’s house if you are thinking of coming into the yard through the back gate and you are alone, “don’t.” However, if you come in through the front door and then out the back door into the yard you are welcome.
Sadie knows that if you come out the back door, you are a friend and she will welcome you, but the back gate without Mom or “Pop-Pop” coming with you, you are an intruder.
If you are thinking of getting a “big” dog and have the room for a dog like Sadie to run and play and if you want an animal that is extremely intelligent, loving, energetic and almost human get an American Bulldog.
Just be prepared to be the “dominant one,” train your puppy from the start and socialize it with exposure to many different kinds of circumstances.
That being said, you will have “one heck of a dog.”