The American Bulldog Shepherd is a designer dog that came about after breeding an American Bulldog with a German Shepherd. The American Bulldog Shepherd is a loyal, loving, and protective hybrid, taking the good parts of each of its parent breeds.
American Bulldog Shepherd History
As one of the more recent hybrid breeds, the American Bulldog Shepherd 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 Deutshe Schäferhund, or German Shepherd, originated in the 1800s and was originally a term for a variety of herding dogs throughout different districts in Germany. A German cavalry officer wanted to develop the breed into the ideal German herding dog, thus begun 35 years of promoting and refining the breed to what we know it as today. After a waning need for herding dogs, the breed was promoted as a good choice for K-9 service dogs, and to this day are one of the preferred breeds worldwide for police agencies.
American Bulldog Shepherd Characteristics
The American Bulldog Shepherd is considered a medium-sized dog, at the large end of the medium scale. With dogs growing to be up to 26 inches and 90 pounds in weight. They can take on physical and personality traits from either of their parent breeds.
American Bulldog Shepherd Temperament/Personality
Both the American Bulldog and German Shepherd breeds are affectionate towards their owners, and it’s no surprise that the American Bulldog Shepherd would be any different. If you find your dog plays a little rough, that’s its American Bulldog shining through.
Neither parent breeds like to be alone, and the same goes for their hybrid offspring. Leaving a favorite toy with your American Bulldog Shepherd if you need to go out will lower their stress levels. Be prepared for cuddles upon your return.
Training is relatively easy, though the American Bulldog shines through at times and can be stubborn. Don’t be fooled though, your American Bulldog Shepherd is very intelligent and has the ability to pick up training sessions with ease.
American Bulldog Shepherds are great family pets and will be protective and loving with any children that may be alone. In addition, they can get along with other pets and do well in either apartment or house settings.
Caring for American Bulldog Shepherd
Caring for an American Bulldog Shepherd will take a little bit of work, but it’s nothing overly difficult, and is definitely worth it to have a happy healthy dog.
American Bulldog Shepherd Nutrition
Adult American Bulldog Shepherds should be fed between 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of high-quality kibble, split into at least two meals daily. Puppies of the breed should be fed about twice that amount in the first couple of months after weaning. As they have a high activity level, it is important that your American Bulldog Shepherd is getting the proper nutrition with a mix of high protein, healthy fats and carbs to replenish all of their burned calories.
American Bulldog Shepherd Grooming
As the American Bulldog Shepherd comes from two breeds that are shedders, you can be sure this hybrid will also be a shedder. Regular brushing will be needed, and to help lessen the amount of fur that gets on your furniture and clothes, daily brushing is recommended.
In addition to regular brushing, your American Bulldog Shepherd will need to be bathed every one to two months, or sooner if they get really dirty or smelly.
American Bulldog Shepherd Activity Levels
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a breed that needs a lot of exercise. They usually need about three 45 minutes walks a day, plus some time for more vigorous activity, such as playing fetch, running around with other dogs, or activities such as obedience and agility training.
American Bulldog Shepherd Maintenance
The American Bulldog Shepherd doesn’t require a lot of extra maintenance. Their ears should be checked and cleaned once a week to prevent debris and infections. Their nails should be clipped every couple of weeks if needed and their teeth should be brushed about once a week.
American Bulldog Shepherd Health
Overall the American Bulldog Shepherd is a very healthy dog and the most common ailments to look out for are hip and elbow dysplasia.