American Bulldog Standard
Johnson and Alan Scott established this breed standard
July 7 1970 BBC
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.
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.
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
Females: from 18 inches to 28 inches and weighing from 50 to over 80
Body structure should be big and rugged showing strength and
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
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.
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.
beginning in southern farm communities the love of the American
Bulldog has spread nation wide and to many other countries.
Standard approved by Melvin Hopper 1995
Docked tails allowed.
Small dogs not to be considered for conformation.
Eyes any color.
Aggressive dogs not to be considered.