Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

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55-66 lbs
19-26"
United States
Otto Bulldog, Otto, Alapaha, Cowdog, Silver Dollar Dog

The primary purpose of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog was to catch, hold and drive cattle and hogs. Today, his is primarily used for protection and as a companion, although the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is not recommended for families with small children or first time dog owners. He must have a human leader who will be firm and consistent with him or he will take over the leader position in the relationship. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a very high prey drive and he should never be allowed off leash except in a secure fenced area that is at least six feet high where no other dogs are present. 

Purpose
catch dog
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
mountain bulldog

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Health

Average Size
Height: 19-26 inches Weight: 66-99 lbs
Height: 19-26 inches Weight: 55-66 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hearing
  • Hips
  • Skin Scraping
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Breed History

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog’s origins are somewhat muddied, but many believe they have been a part of the southern United States for about 200 years. There is no official documentation for the breed until 1979. It is believed that the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog descended from different types of Bulldogs that were more athletic and taller than the Bulldogs we know today. It is believed that the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is closely related to the now extinct Mountain Bulldog, Old Country Big Bulldog and the Old Southern White. These dogs are said to have first appeared in the United States in the early 18th century.  The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog was used extensively in the development of several different breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Catahoula Leopard Dog and Black Mouth Cur. Once known as Otto, Silver Dollar, Cowdog and Catahoula Bulldog, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog began to diminish in numbers across the southern United States. In 1979, a group of dog lovers in the South decided to preserve these dogs as they were on the verge of extinction. This group of people officially gave these dogs the name Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog and formed the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association. The official breed standard was also adopted in 1979. Now, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is found throughout the United States and can even be found abroad in South Africa, Philippines, China and New Zealand. As the popularity of these dogs has grown, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association has set strict breed standards in place to preserve the integrity of the breed.

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Breed Appearance

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has short, glossy coat that is stiff to the touch. The preferred color patterns should be at least 50 percent white with color patches. A dog that is predominantly colored with white areas is also acceptable. Colors that are accepted include fawn, brindle, black, red or grey. Solid white is not desirable unless he has the proper pigmentation of the skin, eye rims, lips and nose. He is an athletic dog of medium size and should move with determination and power. He should never appear too bulky or carry too much fat. He should look stocky, not long legged or long bodied. Male Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs should be heavier boned and have larger heads than females. The first impression that an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog presents is one of being bold, impressive and fearless. He should never be hostile or overly aggressive towards humans or other animals.

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Breed Maintenance

Even though the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a short, close coat, he will still shed moderately. Shedding can be kept to a minimum by brushing him at least once a week with a natural bristle brush to remove dead hair and skin cells. By brushing him weekly, you are redistributing the oils on his skin and keeping his skin and coat healthy. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs do not need baths often, unless he is being used to work with livestock. Working Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs will require more bathing than those who are simply family companions. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, like all other bulldogs, will drool, especially when overly excited. It is best to keep a drool rag handy to wipe up any drool that he leaves behind. Ears should be cleaned once a week and nails generally need trimmed every 2 weeks. Teeth cleaning should also be done on a regular basis.

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Temperament

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is not recommended for the first time dog owner or for families with small children or small pets. He can be too much dog for an inexperienced dog owner. He is possessive of his property and will be territorial. He is also very demanding when it comes to attention. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is naturally suspicious of strangers. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog needs to begin training by at least eight weeks of age. He requires daily training and daily exercise. When walking him, never allow him to walk in front of you. If allowed to do so, he will think he can take over as the alpha or leader in the home. A strong leader is required for an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog in order for him to thrive and become a well-rounded companion. He should never be left alone in his yard, even if you have a secure fence that is over six feet tall. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog becomes bored very easily. When he is bored, he can become extremely destructive. Provide plenty of human interaction as well as appropriate toys to occupy his time.

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Owner Experiences