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The American Bulldog is one of around fifty dog breeds that originated in the U.S.A. The breed found its roots in the 1940’s, in Georgia, and it is now well known as a strong and loyal breed of dog. While people might know about its size and stamina, there are seven facts about the American Bulldog that might surprise them.
1. Females Have Large Litters
American Bulldog females often have large litters of puppies. While other large dogs usually have smaller litters, the American Bulldog is capable of having up to eleven pups per litter.
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2. They Have a Strong Prey Drive
American Bulldogs must be socialized early with animals that they might consider prey, such as cows, horses, and other livestock. These dogs were bred to drive cattle, and the instinct to do so is still strong.
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3. They Are Recognized by Many Different Kennel Clubs
While the American Bulldog is not recognized by The American Kennel Club, (AKC) it is recognized by many other dog breed organizations. The United Kennel Club and The American Canine Registry are just a few places where people can register their bulldogs.
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4. They are one of the Most Common Large Breeds in Rescue Shelters
American Bulldogs are quite often found in shelters across the country because their owners are unprepared to be assertive and confident owners or because they aren’t socialized properly. American Bulldogs must be trained early and consistently in order for them to be a good family dog.
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5. They are Prone to Hip Dysplasia
American Bulldogs are prone to several health problems, but one of the most common is hip dysplasia. This disorder can cripple an otherwise healthy dog. Anyone who wants to buy an American Bulldog puppy should make sure that its parents have been certified free of this disorder.
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6. They are Not an Aggressive Breed
Many people think American Bulldogs are vicious because of their size. In reality, if socialized properly, they are alert but friendly, especially with family members.
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7. They Were Once Common Farm Dogs
American Bulldogs were a common sight on farms in the early 20th century. They were used to pull wagons, hunt wild pigs and bears, and to guard large herds of livestock. Because of this, the American Bulldog remains an ever-watchful family guardian.