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Aussie Bulldog
As a breed that is less than 20 years old, it is difficult to be certain that type and quality are set.  Even so, this breed has developed a strong following and appears to be a strong, agile, active and vital counterpoint to the Bulldog as we know it in the USA.  Unfortunately the Bulldog in the US is fraught with a plethora of health issues, the Aussie Bulldog or a dog of its type may be the only Bulldog known in the future as a result.
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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: none specified but usually 18-26 inches
Weight: none specified but typically 70+ pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: all except solid black and tri-colors Coat type: short and smooth
Recognized Registries: Aussie Bulldog Association
Overall Appearance: Compact and powerful yet agile with strong muscling. The broad head and expression easily recognized as BullDog with the characteristic bracheocephalic muzzle and accompanying wrinkles.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate except when excited
General Nature: genial, low key and affable
  with Children: exceptional if properly reared
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the stamina and physical strength. While this breed is not as mentally demanding, proper socialization and activity level is required.
Temperament Notes: Much as the historic Bulldog likely was, an athlete capable of a day's work in assistance to its family and farmer.
Training requirement: Moderate, as the Molosser breeds go, one of the more easily managed and cared for.
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1998 but current founders claim 9 generations of breeding
Country of Origin: Australia
Original Function: resurrection of the Old Bulldog, the farmer's friend and helper
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia must be a concern
Health Testing: OFA hips, elbows, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you been active in the Aussie Bulldog breed?
  • How long have you had Aussie Bulldogs?
  • What is your ideal of the Aussie Bulldog?
  • What criteria do you seek in selecting a breeding pair?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What is the parent club of the breed currently doing to improve the quality of the breed and accountability of the fanciers/breeders?
  • What would you consider the ideal Aussie Bulldog home?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
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Other Resources
Breed standard: Aussie BullDog Club Standard

Breeder Ethics: The Aussie Bulldog Club is quintessentially Australian with straightforward language that assumes clear understanding.  Unfortunately leaving alot of room for interpretation (like what a serious health problem might be) it nevertheless speaks well of the group of fanciers that they are well organized with such documentation prior to being recognized by any particular rescue.  DigitalDog hopes they recognize the value in self determination that they can only enjoy by keeping their registry separate of any large registration/kennel club.

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