Breed Dog Info
Bulldog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
The American Bulldog is now one of the nation’s
most celebrated canine exports, establishing a
devoted following around the globe. Author Abe
Fishman provides a controversial but wholly candid
retelling of the breed’s history and its re-creation
in the United States. The history chapter is followed
by a chapter devoted to the characteristics of
this exceptional working breed, offering sound
advice about which owners are best suited to this
vigorous and active canine.
"Scott" American bulldogs are often called the standard
American bulldog. They are slightly smaller and more
athletic than their cousins called "Johnson" American
bulldogs, but they are taller. Although Scott's are
often mistaken for pit bulls, the Scott has a narrower
muzzle and head. They also have what's known as the
"reverse scissors bite," a slightly undershot jaw that
allows the lower front teeth to touch the outside of
the upper teeth.
The Scott American Bulldog, sometimes called the “Standard”
American Bulldog, is smaller than Johnson American Bulldogs,
but they are also the more athletic breed. Scotts are
sometimes mistaken for Pit Bull Terriers. They have
an undershot jaw and the outer part of the upper teeth
touch the lower teeth in a reverse scissor bite.
American Bulldogs started out life as the typical English
Bulldogs. They were used on farms and ranches in England,
as well as to guard properly. These dogs were such useful
utility dogs that English immigrants would bring them
with them when they came to America. By the 1940’s,
these Bulldogs were all but extinct, and two men saw
value in the breed and wanted to bring them back.
One of them was John D. Johnson, who created the Johnson
American Bulldog. The other man was the breeder of the
Scott American Bulldog, named Allen Scott.
"Scott" American bulldogs are a branch of the American
bulldog family tree. After work dogs lost their use
around the farms and other breeds started being used
for guarding properties, American bulldogs fell out
of use. They were on the brink of extinction until two
men, Scott and Johnson, decided to start breeding them
Every dog in the USA today that is known as a "Scott"
American Bulldog can trace its roots back to the first
puppies that Scott bred.
Scott American Bulldog Personality
Immigrants to American from England found the American
Bulldog to be just as useful as their English Bulldogs.
They used them on cattle drives and to protect the home
while they were asleep. The breed was a working dog
and a damn fine one at that.
Much like the English bulldog, American Bulldogs are
loving, caring, confident, alert and extremely loyal.
They are very brave and strong-willed too which can
pose a problem during training. However, as long as
you train your Scott at a young age, you shouldn't have
any issues. You will need to exercise your Scott as
much as possible.
Work dogs need plenty of exercise to keep them healthy
and entertained. American Bulldogs are known for their
acts of heroism, largely due to their pack mentality.
Once they are in a pack, they are in it for life so
once they are part of your family, you'll have a hard
time leaving them at home.
The Scott American Bulldog is a strong pack leader with
finely honed protective instincts. Like its closely-related
cousin, the Johnson American Bulldog, Scotts are extremely
affectionate and friendly.
But they also are difficult to train after the age of
two, so training should be done early. Also, the dog
should be given plenty to do during the day, as well
as lots of exercise, otherwise boredom may result in
Having an American bulldog as a pet is a wonderful thing.
For most of its life, it will be your soppy best friend.
However, you do need to be careful with them. If they
ever see a cow, horse, goat something like that, they
may take it upon themselves to get their dinner ready.
Always remember that as loving as your American bulldog
is, the instinct to drive cattle is still rooted deep
As funny as the image of an American bulldog owner being
dragged along by a bull that's connected to their dog
is, perhaps it's best to try and avoid that sort of
Food, Height & Weight
Even though Scott's get mistaken for pit bulls regularly,
they are actually the taller dog. At the shoulder, they
come in at 22 to 27 inches. They typically weigh around
60 to 100 pounds which makes them quite a lot lighter
than "Johnson" American bulldogs. However, the Johnson's
have a heavier bone structure so the size of the two
types can be quite comparable.
This dog stands between 22 and 27 inches at the shoulder
and weighs between 60 and 120 pounds.
The American Bulldog is susceptible to eye problems,
so your dog should be fed a diet that is high in beta-carotene.
In addition, these bulldogs should avoid filler products
and milk products. Dog foods with plenty of protein,
fats, fruits and veggies are the best diet for the American
& Life Expectancy
American Bulldog is subject to a variety of potential
health conditions unfortunately. One of the things that
is most common among these dogs is joint pain and joint
damage. This is due to having such a heavy body on very
short legs. Give them glucosamine if that is the case.
There are some health issues associated with Scott's
American bulldogs, but, overall, they are considered
a healthy breed. Later in life, this breed can have
issues with their kidneys, nervous system, thyroid,
and eyes. They are also one of the many dog breeds that
suffer from elbow and hip dysplasia.
In addition, American Bulldogs can suffer from eyesight
problems and conditions like Cherry Eye, dry eyes and
corneal ulcers. They are prone to blindness if not treated.
Finally, American Bulldogs may suffer from hip dysplasia
and digestive maladies.
The American Bulldog will generally live to between
ten and fifteen years.
There are quite a few fun facts about the Scott American
Bulldog and American Bulldogs in general. First, something
that your children will find hilarious should you choose
to get one: the American Bulldog is prone to digestive
problems, which means that with the wrong diet they
will be prone to extreme flatulence. With the right
diet, your kids will still probably have the opportunity
to laugh once in a while. In addition, all of the American
Bulldogs alive today have one of two shared ancestors:
Scotts have Allen Scott’s stud “Mac the Masher” while
Johnson Bulldogs have John Johnson’s “Dick the Bruiser.”