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American Bulldog
One of the most athletic of the ancient Molosser (Mastiff type) breeds.  Originally, these dogs were of exceptional utility, used by farmers, trappers and a wide variety of other workers for hunting, sledge and protection work.  As times and the opportunity for entertainment changed, bull-baiting became a primary source of the "BullDogges" fame and fortune.  Unfortunately this focus continues today with even the patriarchs of this (and other similar breeds) delighting in the aggressive and mean stance of these dogs.  They proudly display photos of the dogs "working" (attacking) other animals including wild hogs and speak of exceptional protection abilities.  These traits are little more than a loaded gun in the hands of an unaware, inexperienced or immature dog-owner.  The greatest tragedy is that like many other such breeds (such as the Bull Terriers, their cousin) they are quite intelligent and athletic and without the focus and desire on aggressive behavior make exceptional companions suitable for Pet Therapy, Search and Rescue and virtually all other canine work/sport.  Responsible/knowledgable breeders and rescues exist, be prepared to research diligently to find them and do not compromise in your search.  Do not be impressed with accomplishments that include a heavy measure of self-aggrandizement and lines named for oneself. 
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General Information
Group(s): Working Height: 19-27 inches
Weight: 65-105 pounds Longevity: early to mid-teens
Colors: any except flat black or blue Coat type: not specified in standard, but short and smooth
Recognized Registries: NABA, ARBA, UKC, beware of obscure private registries created by a breeder for his/her own dogs
Overall Appearance: Similar to English Bulldog but higher on leg and exponentially more athletic. Body is reminiscent of cousins like Boxer and Bull Terriers.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: powerful, intense. athletic, confident, intelligent, agile
  with Children: can be excellent if properly socialized while young with well behaved children
  with other pets: hesitant with those that they are not familiar with
  with dogs: generally not ideal
Socialization requirements: moderately high
Ideal home characteristics: one that appreciates the requirements of time, commitment and effort in properly rearing and motivating this powerhouse to become a well adjusted and well behaved companion.
Temperament Notes: Alert, self-confident, intense, loyal.
Training requirement: moderately high. This is not a candidate for being self disciplined. Their confidence and intelligent will get them into trouble by being aggressive or protective at inappropriate times without an exceptional relationship and socialization.
Trainer notes:

Not a good choice for an inexperienced home.  This dog can be an exceptional option for the home that seeks high level training whether in Agility, Search and Rescue or even (relatively speaking) more leisurely activities like Pet Therapy but no short cuts can be taken in fundamental training like socializing, basic manners and play.  This dog is not a good candidate for rough training methods, while very loving and loyal, inconsistent handling will create a dangerous relationship based on anxiety and confusion which might only lead to disaster.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: late 1800s
Country of Origin: USA
Original Function: General Farm Dog of the South as a hunter, guardian
History: Developed from the bull baiting dogs of England.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, incorrect temperament, poor dentition, entropion,
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Eye Issues, Heart Problems
Health Testing: OFA for knees, hips, elbows and heart, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
Web Sites: only rescue references are to general Bulldog or Bulldog breed rescues that are not related to those active in their pure breed club or made of responsible breeders.  This is a serious oversight on the part of anyone who would say that they care about their breed and its future.
Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard as per the National American Bulldog Association

Breeder Ethics: none found.
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