Johnson American Bulldog Breed Summary
Strong, Protective, Loyal
Providing this pooch is brought up in the right hands, the Johnson American bulldog is a wonderfully loyal and friendly dog that adores attention from its humans. Under the right training, this dog makes an excellent guarding dog.
With their territorial nature, while this dog is loyal to humans, they aren’t always as sensitive towards other animals, so it’s best to keep them a safe distance away.
Knowing the heritage of your Johnson American bulldog is important as some may be more aggressive or protective than others. Therefore, understanding this will help avoid any potential issues and help you raise your pooch properly.
|Kennel Club Group||Working|
|Lifespan||10 – 16 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||23 - 27 in|
|Weight||90 - 120 lb|
|Coat||Short and smooth|
|Color||Traditionally white with patches of brindle, red or black|
|Common health issues||Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia, Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL), Hypothyroidism, Allergies, Cherry Eye, Ichthyosis|
|Other Names||Am Bulldog, Old Country Bulldog|
American Bulldogs are descendants of ancient Mastiffs, which originated in Asia and travelled to Europe with traders and nomads. These big dogs were incredibly strong and courageous fighters – they could even bring down wild boar and bears!
Bulldogs were originally bred to work on farms in old England. Their name actually derives from their ability to stand up to large farm bull! The Bulldog’s job was generally to protect the farm and livestock from threats using their agility and strength.
In the 1800s, when migrants moved from England to the US, they brought their Bulldogs with them – and this is where the American Bulldog was born. Sadly, during WWII the breed’s number began to rapidly decline until a man named John D. Johnson made it his mission to save the breed. Johnson travelled throughout the south and south-east of America in search of some of the largest and finest dogs and breeding them to form a stockier build. As a result, the Johnson Bulldog is known for its large neck and broad chest. Due to their heavier build, the Johnson Bulldog is easier to pick out from other Bulldogs, which are generally leaner.