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Johnson/Bully Standard Scott Standard APBT Standard Catch Dog Standard Olde Bulldogge Standard

Standard/Scott Standard

 The Original American Bulldog Standard

John D. Johnson and Alan Scott established this breed standard

July 7 1970  BBC accepted 1995

General Appearance:  Tall, stands erect with head held high, with back straight neither swayed nor ridged.  The tail should be held down approximately to the hocks, chest wide moderate and deep.

Head:  Broad, flat on top, squared appearance with muzzle short to medium in length, with a prominent dish between eyes.  Lower jaw should protrude slightly more than the upper jaw, with wide apart eyes.  Ears medium in size with a roll backwards or a flop.

Temperament:  Very friendly in daytime, but very aggressive at night, especially with the person not known.  This dog should be eager, bold, and trusting with no signs of fear or timidity.  Aggressive enough to fight a mean bear, or wild hog, but gentle enough for a house pet.

Color and Size:  White, to all brindle colors, with white to solid brindle, solid black, or black mixed with brindle or white.

Size:  Males from 22 inches to 32 inches and weighing from 70 LBS to over 100 pounds.

         Females:  from 18 inches to 28 inches and weighing from 50 to over 80 pounds.

         Body structure should be big and rugged showing strength and endurance.

Showing Rules:  Follow the above standards:  Dogs must be untrimmed and unaltered. Tails are held down in a normal stance.  Exception---Dogs may be showed if altered by a vet and a handler has a statement from the vet.

It is hoped that the standards will help both the breeder and the show judge in the selection of the dogs that will better the breed and make dogs more enjoyable to their owners.

The American Bulldog was developed in early years for the purpose of catching and holding wild pigs and cattle.  It was also used as a fighting dog that had no equal.  The American Bulldog is still used in many places to work with pigs and cattle, but human laws and common sense has stopped most of the fighting of dogs.  Today the American Bulldog is used for a family pet and a fearless guard dog.  Old people and ladies living alone have made the American Bulldog the preferred family guard dog.  It is said that anyone can sleep soundly with the knowledge that the family American Bulldog is on sentry duty all night.

From the beginning in southern farm communities the love of the American Bulldog has spread nation wide and to many other countries.

BBC Standard approved by Melvin Hopper 1995

Update!          Docked tails allowed.

                 Small dogs not to be considered for conformation.

                 Eyes any color.

                 Aggressive dogs not to be considered.