The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is primarily used as a companion dog, or a guard dog. Originally the breed was bred to catch, hold, and drive cattle and hogs. They are a loyal breed who can be aloof at times and are better suited for homes who have had dogs previously as they can be a bit much for first-time dog owners.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog History
The exact origins of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog are a bit of a mystery however it is believed that they originated in the Southern United States around 200 years ago. They are believed to be descendants of the, now extinct, Mountain Bulldog and Old Country Bulldog.
The first official documentation of the breed came in 1979 and is attributed to a famous breeder from Georgia who first started breeding old plantation bulldogs at the end of the civil war, a career that his granddaughter took the reins of after his death in 1943. In addition to be found in the United States, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog can also be found in South Africa, the Philippines, China, and New Zealand.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Characteristics
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are generally 50% white, with color patches. They are athletic, medium-sized dogs that should not be too bulky or covered with fat. They have unique eyes and can sometimes have blue and brown in the same eye.
While both male and female Alapahas can grow to be 26 inches, there’s a bit of a difference when it comes to their weight. Males can weigh up to almost 100 pounds, while females usually only weigh up to about 66 pounds.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Temperament/Personality
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog can be too much to handle for an inexperienced dog owner and should also not be in a home with small children. They are very demanding when it comes to attention and can be territorial and possessive of its property. Alapahas like to be alphas and will try to run the show, so they need to be trained at a very early age.
Caring for Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
Caring for an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is relatively easy as they don’t require a lot of maintenance. Socialization and training are extremely important for this breed as they will try to boss everyone around.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Nutrition
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs should be fed a high-quality kibble that is formulated for medium sized dogs, with about a medium activity level. They have a tendency to gain weight if they are over fed, so if you see that your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is starting to grow outwards, you may want to cut back on portion sizes slightly, and ensure that there is no food left out for them during the day.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Grooming
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs have a short, close coat, but they still tend to shed moderate amounts. A weekly brushing should be enough grooming to remove loose hair, dirt, and debris. In addition, the weekly brushing will circulate their blood and natural oils, promoting a healthy, shiny coat.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs don’t need bathing often, unless they are being used as work dogs, especially if they are working with livestock. Keep a drool rag handy however as these bulldogs will drool, just like all other bulldogs, especially when excited.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Activity Levels
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a very energetic and active breed who benefits from regular exercise and should have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity. They should never be let off leash, nor should they be left alone outside, even within a fenced in area.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Maintenance
In addition to needing to wipe up drool, and weekly brushing, there is not a lot of maintenance required with the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. Brushing of their teeth should occur on a regular basis, and their ears should be cleaned once a week, and every two weeks or so their nails should receive a trimming.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Health
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are generally overall a healthy breed and don’t have many health issues to be concerned about. Some things that you may want to be on the lookout for are entropion, deafness, hip dysplasia, and some minor skin problems.