UK Kennels For American Bulldogs
American Bulldogs are continuing to grow in popularity. If you are considering buying American Bulldog puppies, you need to do a bit of research into these dogs. First off, they are not a banned breed in the U.K. but are in Denmark.
You need to get all the relevant documentation from the kennels you purchase from. This will alleviate any future problems, as these dogs can be confused with banned breeds by the unknowing! These are primarily working dogs; they are strong and sturdy with plenty of endurance. They also make excellent watchdogs and are people-friendly. However American bulldogs need to be socialised early around other dogs.
It is equally important to do some research on the kennels you are buying them from. Look for registered breeders and talk to others who have purchased from them. A trustworthy breeder will not hesitate to give you contact numbers.
A Little History On American Bulldogs
These dogs are thought to be a descendent of English bulldogs taken to the U.S. in the 1800s. The dogs were used on farms, for hunting bears and gathering cattle. Plus, before they thankfully banned it, they were used in bull-baiting.
After WWII the breed declined alarmingly. They were brought back from the brink of extinction by two men, Alan Scott & John Johnson, who crossed Northern bulldogs with ones from Southern farms. This resulted in the American bulldogs we know and love today. The breed is not one recognised by the Kennel Club but is by the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club.
The Two Types Of American Bulldog
The Johnson, also called classic or Bully, is the larger of the two American Bulldogs. Their standing height at the shoulder is 23 to 27 inches, weighing upwards of 120 pounds. Their colouring is ordinarily white with patches of brown, red or black. They are a family-friendly dog known for their loyalty and protective nature. Particularly good with children, but unless socialised young with other pets can be aggressive towards cats and other dogs.
The Scott, standard or performance American Bulldog stands at the shoulder, approximately 22 to 27 inches, and weighs around 90+ pounds. The Scott Standard American Bulldog is a smaller, more agile breed and is usually pure white. The unknowing can mistake a standard American Bulldog for a rather fat white Pit-Bull, but American Bulldogs have no Pit-Bull genes in their ancestry.
Looking After An American Bulldog
An American Bulldog is active and confident but also strong-willed. This is not a dog for a first-time owner; the American Bulldog is known to challenge authority which can prove difficult when training them. These dogs need plenty of exercise and stimulation — at least two long walks a day. These are smart dogs that respond to positive reinforcement—they enjoy learning tricks and games. Like most dogs, they enjoy routine, but this is not a dog to be bored!
You need to give careful consideration to owning an American Bulldog. They are loving and fiercely loyal to their owners. These dogs need owners that have plenty of time to train them and to keep them occupied. If you have never owned one before try to spend some time at the kennels, you purchase them from. Talk to other owners; there are plenty of social media sites dedicated to this lovely dog. Be fair to yourself and the dog and be sure you can give them what they need before you buy or rescue one.