American Bull Dane

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100-190 lbs
27-35"
United States
American Dane

Ranking at #14 in popularity for top breeds in the United States, the American Bull Dane is a gentle and loyal companion. The American Bull Dane originated from the American Bulldog and the Great Dane in the U.S. although the exact history is not accurately documented. There is not much information available regarding this hybrid but it is believed that the American Bull Dane rose in popularity when breeders began crossbreeding dogs together in an attempt to create an impressionable breed. The American Bull Dane has traits from both the American Bulldog and the Great Dane. For example, the head is similar to the American Bulldog while the body size ranges between both the American Bulldog and the Great Dane. This splendid canine was bred to be an affectionate companion while maintaining outstanding guard dog qualities. Due to its constant alertness and fearlessness, this hybrid is a success. The American Bull Dane participates in activities such as hunting, guarding, police work, and military work but is also described as a playful, gentle giant. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Great Dane

American Bull Dane Health

Average Size
Height: 27-35 inches Weight: 110-200 lbs
Height: 27-35 inches Weight: 100-190 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

American Bull Dane Breed History

The American Bull Dane originated from the American Bulldog and the Great Dane, making it a giant breed. While the exact year of the breed's origin is unknown, it is known that the development of the breed occurred in the United States. Its original and current purpose is to perform guarding duties and maintain a companionship relationship with the family. One of the American Bull Dane's parent breeds, the American Bulldog, descended from the ancient Mastiff family. In the 1800s, the American Bulldog was imported to the United States and was an expert at catching feral pigs. At the time, the American Bulldog was also used for bull baiting, an exotic American sport. Prior to WWII, the American Bulldog was popular in the South and was used as a working dog for farmers and ranchers. John D. Johnson from Georgia helped re-populate the American Bulldog and preserved the breed to the best of his ability. The American Bulldog was originally massively powerful and aggressive towards others. With selective breeding, breeders have been able to successfully eliminate much of the aggressive traits. In 1989, the American Bulldog Association was formed to oversee the breeding of this breed. The other American Bull Dane's parent breed, the Great Dane, was known for its speed and stamina. The Great Dane was a skilled hunter in Germany and was praised for its efforts. In the 1880s, the Great Dane was imported to the United States where it grew in popularity. This giant breed is still a popular choice among families and continues to serve as an excellent watchdog. 

American Bull Dane Breed Appearance

The American Bull Dane resembles both the American Bulldog and the Great Dane. Pups will typically take on more dominant traits from one breed versus the other breed. The American Bull Dane is considered a giant breed which resembles more closely the Great Dane sizing. This friendly dog ranges from 27 to 35 inches in height and varies between 100 to 200 pounds. The American Bull Dane has a smooth, shiny coat which can come in various color combinations but the most common color combination is black and white. The tail of this breed is long and tapered. The ears are short and hang downward and the attractive eyes of this hybrid are generally dark brown. The body maintains a muscular build with a powerful stance. 

American Bull Dane Breed Maintenance

The American Bull Dane is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and sheds moderately. The breed has a soft, smooth coat which makes it easy to groom. Daily brushing with a rubber curry brush will eliminate dead hairs and keep his coat hygienic. Bathing should be limited to every 6 to 8 weeks, if needed. His nails should be trimmed or dremeled every 2 to 3 weeks as tearing can easily occur if left neglected. The teeth of your dog should be regularly brushed to maintain oral hygiene and to prevent serious dental disease. This breed may experience minor drooling due to its size but it should not be significant. The ears should be wiped and cleaned weekly to prevent ear wax and debris from building up inside, which can lead to bacterial and yeast infection.

American Bull Dane Temperament

The American Bull Dane is described as loving and affectionate. This hybrid’s energy levels are reported to be low and while he loves adventure, this dog is also happy spending time in front of a TV for hours on end, keeping his owner company. Playful and intelligent, this strong and independent canine is not considered an appropriate breed for first-time owners due to difficulty with training as this busy breed may be set in its own ways. The American Bull Dane may intimidate younger children and should be socialized at an early age in order to prevent any danger; as with any dog, supervision when interacting with children and small animals is always a must. The American Bull Dane can get along with other dogs but he must be trained to accept others as he makes an effective guard dog and may act protective. The American Bull Dane can also learn to accept other animals as long as he is raised around them and has a chance for socialization at the dog park. 

American Bull Dane Activity Requirements

The American Bull Dane is a giant breed with a low energy level. He would be content with sitting near you and enjoying the day. Due to his size, he does still require regular exercise to ensure he maintains a healthy lifestyle. It is recommended that the American Bull Dane be provided with at least 30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise. It would be beneficial for your American Bull Dane to take about 2 to 3 walks per day and engage in play. The American Bull Dane is not too active but should still reside in a home with spacious areas to be able to roam. The breed would fare best in a house with a large yard in order to prevent boredom and to encourage interactive play. The American Bull Dane can reside in either urban or rural areas with any climate as long as the temperatures are not too extreme. 

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