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General Appearance: The American Bulldog is a powerful and muscular breed with a well-balanced and athletic build. They exhibit strength, agility, and endurance, coupled with a confident and alert expression. They are medium to large-sized dogs with a solid, compact frame that denotes strength and athleticism.


Head: The head of the American Bulldog is large, broad, and proportional to the body. It features a distinctively square-shaped muzzle, with well-defined cheek muscles and a pronounced stop. The skull is moderately broad and flat between the ears, with a distinct furrow between the eyes.


Eyes and Ears: The eyes of the American Bulldog are medium-sized, almond-shaped, and set widely apart. They express alertness, intelligence, and determination. Eye color can vary but should be harmonious with coat color. The ears are typically medium-sized, high set, and can be cropped or left natural. Natural ears are preferred, set high on the head, and may be drop, semi-prick, or rose-shaped.


Body: The body of the American Bulldog is muscular, well-developed, and balanced. They have a broad, deep chest, well-sprung ribs, and a strong, level topline. The back is short and strong, with a slight arch over the loin. The American Bulldog should have a well-defined tuck-up and a strong, powerful hindquarters.


Tail: The tail of the American Bulldog is set high, thick at the base, and tapers to a point. It can be docked or left natural, with natural tails preferred. The tail should be carried in accordance with the dog's mood, typically held low when relaxed and raised when alert or excited.


Coat: The coat of the American Bulldog is short, smooth, and dense, providing protection and insulation. The coat should be glossy and close-lying to the body, with no excessive wrinkling or fluffiness. Acceptable coat colors include solid white, brindle, fawn, red, or variations of these colors with patches or markings.


Size: Male American Bulldogs typically stand between 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 75 to 125 pounds. Females are slightly smaller, standing between 20 to 25 inches and weighing between 60 to 100 pounds. Size variations may occur within the breed but should not compromise balance or athleticism.


Temperament: The American Bulldog is known for its loyal, courageous, and confident temperament. They are intelligent, assertive, and highly trainable, making them excellent working dogs, guardians, and companions. They are affectionate with their families, good with children, and can be protective when necessary.


Movement: The American Bulldog moves with purpose and agility, exhibiting a powerful and effortless gait. Movement should be free, balanced, and coordinated, with good reach in the front and strong drive in the rear. When viewed from the front or rear, legs should track straight and parallel.


Health: The American Bulldog should be bred for health and soundness above all else. Breeders should prioritize genetic health testing to minimize the risk of hereditary health conditions commonly associated with the breed, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and certain cardiac issues.


The American Bulldog is a versatile and athletic breed known for its strength, courage, and loyalty. With its powerful build, confident demeanor, and affectionate nature, the American Bulldog makes an excellent companion, protector, and working dog. Breeders should adhere to the breed standard to preserve the integrity and function of this beloved breed.

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Question & Answer

Can You Register a American Bulldog?

Yes, you can register your puppy or dog with the Designer Kennel Club. The DKC is the best registry for the designer dog breed. 

Can I get Papers for a American Bulldog?

Yes, you can receive registration papers for your puppy or dog. Register your puppy or dog as a Foundation dog.

Can I register my American Bulldog puppy litter?

Litter registration is offered by the Designer Kennel Club. To register your puppy litter, you must register both parents as Foundation dog, then register your puppy litter. 

Can I register my dog without AKC papers? Yes, you can register your dog as a Foundation dog

How to prove my dog is purebred without papers? registration papers will show proof of breed & ownership. 

What is the best registration for a dog? DKC registration papers are the best for all designer dog breeds. 

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