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The History Of the American Bulldog

Bulldogs In their Pure Form Could Be Found In America As Early As The 17th Century. In Colonial American Bulldogs Were Used By Butchers And Even Engaged In Baiting Contests With Bulls, Bears And Buffaloes. The Modern American Bulldog Originates From The Original Dogs That Managed To Survive As Farmers Catch-Dogs In Isolated Pockets Of The South Eastern United States. Originally Its Purpose On These Southern Plantations And Ranches Was To Provide Protection To People And Property As Well As Handling { catching } Large Animals Such As Cattle And Hogs. All Modern American Bulldogs Originate From Four Strains { Williamson, Scott, Bailey And Johnson } Developed In The Alabama / Georgia Area. This Breed Was Not Known By Its Modern Name Until About 10 Years Ago. What We Now Know A The American Bulldog Was Originally  Known By Many Different Names Before The Name American Bulldog Became The Standard. In Different Parts Of The South He Was Known As The "English White" or "White English" Due To The Dogs Primary White Colour. Other Names Include The "Alabama" or "Southern Bulldog" But Most Commonly Just "bulldog". Contrary to Popular Belief, These Dogs Did Not Get Their Name From Their Looks. Reflecting Their Line Of Work With Livestock And Similar Large Animals "Bulldog" Aptly Describes The Animals Origin.They Could And Did Catch And Hold Their Owners Rough Cattle Including Bad Brahma Bulls, And Did Double Duty On The Farm Protecting Against Feral Dogs And Trespassing Humans.

Popularity Of The American Bulldog Increased In The Late 1980's When It Became Noticed And Widely Accepted By The  Public. Consequently Its Number Increased Greatly. People Soon Saw The Advantages of Having The Dog As a Family Pet And Guard Dog Due To Its Excellent Temperament And Obedience.

The Main Events This Year Can Be Seen On The ABR UK Link On This Site. Anyone Interested In The Show Circuit Should Check Out The ABR UK Link. This Is The Only UK Registry Available For The American Bulldog, It Is Run In Conjunction With The ALL STRAIN AMERICAN BULLDOG CLUB UK.

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Breeding standards

General Appearance

The American Bulldog Is A Well Balanced, Short Coated, Muscular And Athletic Animal. American Bulldogs Display Great Strength. Endurance, And Agility. Males Are Characteristically Larger, Heavier Boned  And More Masculine Than Females.

Temperament

American Bulldogs Should Be Alert, Outgoing And Confident. Aloofness With Strangers Is Acceptable. Some Assertiveness Towards Other Dogs Is Not Considered A Fault.

Faults: Over Aggressive Or Excessively Shy.

Size

Standard Type Ideal Standard Males Should Measure Between 23 To 27 Inches At The Withers And Weigh From 75 To 100 Pounds. Females, 21 To 25 Inches, 60 To 90 Pounds.

Bully Type Ideal Bully Males  Should Measure Between 23 To 27 Inches At The Withers And Weigh  90 To 120 Pounds. Females 22 To 26 Inches 80 To 105 Pounds. Note Overall Proportion Of The Dog Is Of Most Importance When Evaluating Weight.

Head

The Head Should Be Broad, Flat On Top Squared Appearance With Well Defined Stop. It Should Also Be Medium In Length With Pronounced Muscular Cheeks.

Standard Type A Box Or Wedged Shape Is Preferred.

Bully Type A Large Rounder Shape Is Ideal.

Muzzle

The Muzzle Should Be Broad With Wide Open Nostrils. The Muzzle Should Be Wider At The Base And Taper To The Nose. The Lips Should Be Full With Black Pigmentation, Some Pink Allowed. The Chin Is Well Defined And Must Not Overlap The Upper Lip Nor Cover It.

Standard Type Muzzle Should Be Medium In Length 2 To 4 Inches. It Should Also Be 35% To 45% Of The Overall Length Of The Head.

Bully Type Muzzle Should Be Broad 2 To 3 Inches In Length And Should Be 25% To 35% Of The Overall Length Of Head.

Faults Pendulous Lips. Narrow Muzzle. Full Black Mask. Note The Muzzle Should Be In Proportion To Head Size & Type.

Nose

The Preferred Nose Colour Is Black. Red Brown Of Grizzle Colours Will Occur.

Cosmetic Faults: Pink Or Dudley Nose Any Nose Colour Other Than Black.

Dentition { Bite }

Teeth Should Be Medium To Large And Should Not Be Visible When Mouth IS Closed. Lips Are Moderately Thick, Black Pigment Lining The Lips Is Preferred, With Some Pink Allowed.

Standard Type A Tight Undershot { Reverse Scissors }  Preferred Up To 1/4 Inch Acceptable.

Bully Type 1/4 - 1/2 Inch Undershot Depending On Size Of Dog And Shape Of Skull Plus Or Minus 1/8 Inch Is Acceptable.

Faults: Small Teeth Or Uneven Incisors.

Disqualifications Over Shot, Parrot Mouth Or Wry Mouth.

Bully Type Disqualifications: Even Level Or Scissor Bite. Note American Bulldogs Are A Working Breed And Should Not Be Penalized For Broken  Missing Teeth.

Eyes

Almond - Shape To Round, Medium In Size Colour, Brown Is The Ideal Colour. The Haw Should Not Be Visible. Black Eye Rims Preferred The Haw Should Not be Visible.

Cosmetic Faults Both Eyes Not Matched In Colour Pink Eye Rims Excessive Haw Visible, Blue Or Wall Eye Colour.

Serious Faults Crossed Or Non - Symmetrical Eyes.

Ears

The Ears Should Be Set High On The Head, Medium In Size May Be Dropped, Semi Prick Or Rose.

Faults Cropped Ears. Hound Ears.

Neck

Slightly Arched, Very Muscular, And Of Moderate Length, Tapering From The Shoulders  To Head.

Bully Type Head Is Almost Equal To Head In Size.

Faults: Neck To Short Or Thick, Thin Or Weak Neck.

Body

Wide, Deep Chest, Fairly Compact, Straight And Well Balanced. The Chest Should Not Be Narrow Or Excessively Wide, Nor Should The Elbows Be Angled Out Or Pulled In. The Back Should Be Broad And Moderately Short, Showing Great Strength.

Faults The Back Should Not Be Narrow, Excessively Long Or Swayed. Note The Degree Of Fault Will Depend On How It Effects The Dogs Working Ability And Movement

Forequarters

The Chest Should Be Deep And Moderately Wide  Giving The Appearance  Of Power And Athletic Ability. The Front, Overall, Should Be Straight  And Well Balanced. The Chest Should Not Be Narrow Or Excessively Wide.

Faults: Upright Or Loaded Shoulders, Elbows Turned Outwards  Or Tied-In, Down At The Pasterns, Front Legs Bowed Wrists Knuckled Over, Toeing In Or Out.

Hindquarters

Broad, Well Muscled With Muscles Tapering Well To The Leg Manifest Speed And Strength, But Not Quite As large As The Shoulders. There Should Not Be An excess or Lack Of Angulations In The Rear Legs.

Serious Faults: Narrow Or Week Hindquarters, Straight Or Over Angulated Stifle Joint, Week Pasterns  Cow Hocks Or Open Hocks, Sickle Hocks Bowed Legs.

Legs

The Legs Should Be Strong And Straight With Moderate To Heavy Bone. Front Legs Should Not Set Too Close Together Or To Far Apart. Pasterns Should Be Strong, Straight And Upright. The Rear Legs Should Be Moderately Angulated And Parallel.

Serious Faults: Excessively Bowed Legs In The Front. Straight Or Over Angulated Stifle Joint, Weak Pasterns, Cow hocks, Sickle Hocks, Open Hocks Bowed Legs.

Feet

The Feet Are Round, Medium In Size, Toes Are Well Arched And Tight

Faults: Splayed Feet Or Crooked Toes. Note The Seriousness Of This Fault  Is Based  On The Amount  Of Fault In The Feet

Tail

Strong At The Root Tapering To The Hocks, In A Relaxed Position. The Tail Is Carried Over The Back When Excited Or Walking. A Pump Handle Tail Is Preferred  But Any Tail Carriage From Upright  When The Dog Is Excited, To Relaxed Between The Hocks Is Acceptable. The Tail Should Not End In A complete Circle.

Faults Tail Curled Over The Back, Corkscrew Tail, Kinked Or Crooked Tail. Note Natural tails Preferred, Docked Tails Acceptable  But Will Be Considered As A Cosmetic Fault. 

Gait

The Gait Should Be "Balanced And Smooth" Showing Great Speed, Agility And Power. The dog Should not Travel excessively Wide, And as Speed increases The feet Move towards The centre Line Of The Body To Maintain Balance. The Top Line Remains Firm And Level  Parallel To The Line Of Motion. The Bully Type Gate Will Have A Slight Degree Of Less Reach, Flexibility, And Spring Than That In A Standard Type.

Faults Legs Not Moving On The Same Plane, Less Crossing Over In The Front Or Rear, Front Or Rear Legs Moving Too Close Or Touching, Pacing #, Paddling, Side winding.

Coat

Short And Smooth, Coarse To Touch.

Disqualification Long Or Fuzzy Coats.

Colour

Solid White, Any Colour Or Colour Pattern Of Red Or Brindle

Faults Solid  Black, Any Degree Of Merle.

Disqualification Flat Black Or Blue.

Disqualifications

Dogs That Have Been Spayed Or Neutered.  Any Dog That Is Deaf Or Blind Blue Or Flat Black Colour Long Or Fuzzy Coats. Overshot Bite, Extreme Viciousness Or Shyness Bully Type Even Or Scissor Bite.

Shyness A Dog Shall Be Judged Fundamentally Shy If ,Refusing To Stand For Examination, It Shrinks Away From The Judge, If It Fears An Approach From The Rear, If It Shies At A Sudden And Unusual Noise To A Marked Degree Note Puppies Should Not Be Failed Severally Here, With Maturity And Socialisation Confidence Should Increase.

Viciousness A Dog That Attacks, Or Attempts To Attack Either The Judge Or Its Handler Unprovoked Is Definitely Vicious. Aggressive Or Belligerent Attitude Towards Other Dogs Shall Not Be Deemed Vicious.

Cosmetic Fault A Cosmetic Fault Is One Of A Minor Nature.

Structural Faults These Faults Pertain To The Dogs Actual Structure And Fundamental Movement. These Faults Are Weighted As To How They Hinder The Dogs Ability To Work.

In A Show Or Other Evaluation, The Dog Is To Be Penalised In The Direct Proportions To The Degree Of The Fault. Any Fault Which Is Extreme Should Be Considered A Serious Fault And Be Penalised Appropriately.

Conformation Points Breakdown For Judges

                                Body                                                                                                       Overall

                   Shoulders10 Points                                                                                 Temperament 10 Points

                    Hindquarters 10 Points                                                                                 Proportion 5 Points

                    Chest 10 Points                                                                                           Movement 5 Points

                    Legs 5 Points                                                                                               Subtotal 20 Points

                    Neck 5 Points                                                                                                         Head

                    Back 5 Points                                                                                               Size And Shape 10 Points

                    Feet 5 Points                                                                                               Muzzle 5 Points

                    Tail 5 Points                                                                                                Bite Teeth 5 Points

                    Coat 5 Points                                                                                               Subtotal 20 Points

                   Subtotal 60 Points

weight pulling

 

BEGINNERS GUIDE

 

How to begin your Dog or Puppy in canine weight pulling. Weight pulling is a fun and enjoyable way to exercise and compete with your Dog.

 There are some very basic things you can do to develop your dog into a good puller. I like to begin harness introduction at a very young age of 12-16 weeks. At this point we are not doing any more than putting the harness on playing with a tug  just playing around and letting them wear it and get used to it being on. You can get small harnesses that go as small as a 12lb dog and will fit it up to about 30-33lbs. These are very inexpensive and are a great way to get going but do not work for older dogs being started unless they are a toy or miniature breed. You can also do this basic step if introducing a adult dog to his new weight pull harness.

 Once the pup/dog is comfortable wearing a harness we like to have them start pulling a something small and lightweight just to get used to a little tugging and begin to get the idea for what's going on.

After this you can have them pull a Plastic bottle (a 2 litre milk carton) half full of pebbles tied to a 15-20 ft close line rope. Be sure to always have a leash on your dog. Just let them walk around and just keep the dog getting used to the tugging of the bottle and the noises it makes behind them. If your pup/dog is attacking or getting spooked by the bottle put it on a long line so the noises are quieter and further away.

 Once you dog has worn the harness and you have had a little fun it is time to get serious. You will need a quality Harness. You must be sure to keep your dog leashed even a well trained pull dog will still use a leash on drag walks.