There are two distinct strains of American Bulldogs, Classic (Johnson, Bully) and
Standard (Scott, Performance) which is often mistaken for its second cousin, the
American Pit Bull Terrier because of its appearance, and for its much smaller European
relatives because of its name. The American Bulldog is different from any of these. The
American Bulldog is massive in comparison.
An American Bulldog is typically a happy, friendly, and assertive dog that is at ease with
its family and fine with strangers as they get to know the stranger in question. They are
quite fond of children but sometimes do not know their own strength, thus, as with all
dogs, they should be supervised with small children. They bond strongly with their
master and family but, because of strong guarding instincts and a somewhat dominant
attitude, they need a firm but fair hand; they should be socialized and obedience trained
early to expose them to other dogs and people.
The history of Mastiff-type dogs in the British Isles dates back beyond the arrival of
Caesar, who reported of the ferocious dogs. With the arrival of the Normans in 1066
came Alaunts from the continent. The breeding of the indigenous mastiffs to the newly
arrived ones produced the Mastiff and Bulldog of England.
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
featured an American Bulldog named Chance
(voiced by Michael J. Fox).
Short, close, stiff
White, brindle or patches of red
Powerful, agile, and confident