Official American Bulldog Association
Breed Standard revised 1997
Standard Provided by ABIDS
BACKGROUND: The American Bulldog originated as a catchdog (mostly cattle) and property protection dog, in America's
Southeast. He was not bred to put on threat displays or to look a certain way. But, he did need the right equipment to take care of
his real bulldog duties which were confrontational personal and property protection and as a catch dog. He needed to be strong
enough to put unruly bulls on the ground and athletic enough to catch hogs that were allowed to free range in a semiwild state.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The American Bulldog should generate the impression of great strength, agility, endurance and
exhibit a well-knit, sturdy, compact frame with the absence of excessive bulk. Males are characteristically larger, heavier boned
and more masculine than the bitches. The AB is a white or white and patched (brindle or red) dog. When patched he can range
from the traditional pied markings of a patch over one or both eyes or ears, or a patch on the base of the tail, to a large saddle patch
and various other patches. For judging purposes, distinctions between an ideal "Scott-type" and an ideal "Johnson-type" are
defined in brackets and in bold.
Males - 23 to 27 inches at the withers and weigh from 75 to 120 lbs. Females - 21 to 25 inches at the withers, 60 to 90 lbs. The
weight should be proportional to size.
[Scott-type: an ideal male should be 23 to 27 inches at the withers and weigh from 75 to 110 lbs., females, 21 to 25 inches, 60 to
85 lbs. The weight should be proportional to size.]
[Johnson-type: an ideal male should be 22 to 26 inches at the withers and weigh from 80 to 120 lbs. Females 20 to 24 inches, 60
to 90 lbs.]
HEAD: Medium in length and broad across skull with pronounced muscular cheeks.
Eyes: Medium in size. Any color. The haw should not be visible. Black eye rims preferred on white dogs. Pink eye rims to be
considered a cosmetic fault.