The American Bull-Jack is a designer dog that came about after breeding an American Bulldog with a Jack Russell Terrier. Many people, incorrectly, think that it is a cross between a British Bulldog and a Jack Russell Terrier. The American Bull-Jack is full of personality and makes a great family pet and companion.
American Bull-Jack History
As one of the more recent hybrid breeds, the American Bull-Jack was developed in the early 2000s, and there isn’t much history there. But the parent breeds do have a history that dates back several hundreds of years.
The American Bulldog has been in the United Sates since the 17th century. Their ability to catch feral cattle and pigs made them popular with farmers and many became farm dogs. This ended up saving them during WWI and WWII when the breed almost dying out, only the farm dogs remained. They have since been brought back from the brink of extinction.
The Jack Russell Terrier is formally known by the American Kennel Club as the Parson Russell Terrier. The breed was named after the reverend who developed it. Reverend John “Jack” Russell was known as The Sporting Parson, and he wanted a dog that could help him with hunting small game. His breed is able to work independently and can hunt fox both above and below ground.
American Bull-Jack Characteristics
The American Bull-Jack is a medium-sized dog thanks to its American Bulldog parent. The breed can grow to be 25 inches and weigh up to 45 pounds with a broad head and medium length muzzle, that is a little shorter than the head.
The other physical traits are generally and even 50/50 split between both parents. The American Bull-Jack often have a dual color combination to their coat with one of the colors being white, and distinctive facial markings such as an eye patch of color. The texture of its coat can be like that of either parent, short and sleek, or half smooth and half harsh.
American Bull-Jack Temperament/Personality
Both parent breeds of the American Bull-Jack have been known to have stubborn streaks so don’t be surprised if hybrid has one as well. Socialization and training are important to temper this part of his personality before it becomes too much.
The American Bull-Jack is a caring, attentive, calm breed of dog that loves its family and is a loyal family pet. With early socialization and training the breed can be good with children and other family pets. Without the socialization they may have a tendency to chase other pets.
Caring for American Bull-Jack
Caring for an American Bull-Jack is relatively easy as they don’t require a lot of maintenance. There are some maintenance tasks that will need to be done on a regular basis, but not frequently. The main focus of care is with the activity levels for the American Bull-Jack.
American Bull-Jack Nutrition
American Bull-Jacks should be fed between 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of high-quality kibble, split into at least two meals daily. As they have a high activity level, it is important that your American Bull-Jack is getting the proper nutrition with a mix of high protein, healthy fats and carbs to replenish all of their burned calories.
American Bull-Jack Grooming
American Bull-Jacks have short, dense coats, with moderate shedding and should be brushed at least once a week to ensure the elimination of dirt and debris, as well as dead hair, leaving them with a nice shiny, healthy coat. The American Bull-Jack should only be bathed when they are dirty or extremely smelly. Too much bathing can interfere with the natural oils of the skin.
American Bull-Jack Activity Levels
The American Bull-Jack is an energetic and active breed who needs lots of exercise but shouldn’t be left alone to run around in a backyard as it will likely destroy whatever it can. While they need to be exercised be careful not to let them overdo it, or they could end up having breathing difficulties, which is a common trait amongst bulldog breeds.
American Bull-Jack Maintenance
The American Bull-Jack does require a little maintenance. Their nails should be clipped once, or twice a month, unless they are worn down naturally. Their ears should be checked and wiped down once a week and their teeth should be cleaned two to three times a week.
American Bull-Jack Health
Some health issues that American Bull-Jack breed has been known to have are Eye problems, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Deafness, Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, hip dysplasia, skin problems and tail problems.
Breeds Similar to American Bull-Jack
- American Bulldog
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Parson Russell Terrier
- Ca de Bou
- Bull Terrier
- Serrano Bulldog