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The bulldog can trace its roots back to England in the 1700s. Along with protecting farms and catching cattle, the dogs were also used in the dangerous sport of bull baiting, where they received their official name. After bull baiting was outlawed in England in 1835, bulldogs nearly became extinct.
English immigrants brought the breed to the United States, where post-World War II breeders developed the American Bulldog. Today, the breed has a devoted following and is one of the most popular ones around.
Females – 60 to 100 pounds
Males – 70 to 125 pounds
Average life span: 10-15 years
Colors: White, Red, Fawn, Brindle, Fallow or Piebald
Common Health Issues: American Bulldogs are generally healthy but can be prone to hip dysplasia and skin disorders, like icthyosis and mange.
About the Breed: American Bulldogs are loyal, affectionate and protective, making them a great fit with families. That said, parents should always supervise any interaction between children and dogs. The breed is high energy and requires long walks and lots of playtime. Their short coats are super low-maintenance -- just comb and bathe when needed.