Want to adopt an American Bulldogor American Bulldogmix ? These dogs are in your area!
American Bulldogs are very loving and very human-like. They do not like the cold and should never be outdoor dogs. They’re very social and always want to be part of the family. They should not be run extensively because they are prone to knee problems such as torn cruciates.
American Bulldogs are wonderful with children and other animals if they’re raised with them. They’re generally more active than an English Bulldog and less energetic than a Boxer.
American Bulldogs and American Bulldog mixes are confident, loving, loyal, intelligent and active. This breed is known to be highly emotional and in need of a lot of attention and affection from his people. Though the American Bulldog was bred to be a working farmhand, the breed has adapted well to the role of family pet and can get along quite well with children and other pets if well socialized from a young age. The American Bulldog is best suited for a family that enjoys a bit of activity and a lot of interaction with their pet!
American Bullies tend to be relatively inactive when indoors but thoroughly enjoy playtime and exercise. These dogs can adjust to apartment life if provided with adequate physical activity and mental stimulation outdoors on a daily basis. A fenced yard or access to a dog park will keep you both very happy.
The American Bulldog’s short coat makes him very low maintenance. Regular brushing will help to minimize shedding and a bath when necessary is all that are required to care for this coat.
Some health conditions that have been observed in this breed include hip or elbow dysplasia, and cherry eye. Some American Bulldogs may suffer from allergies resulting in symptoms such as runny noses or skin rashes.
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Thinking about adopting a American Bulldog puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:
Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a American Bulldog puppy (or, gasp! find a American Bulldog puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a American Bulldog puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult American Bulldog (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old American Bulldog puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a American Bulldog rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about American Bulldog adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a American Bulldog, even a American Bulldog puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a American Bulldog puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful American Bulldog if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your American Bulldog would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. American Bulldog rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the American Bulldog you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new American Bulldog to their family!