Not much is known yet on the American Bulldog Shepherd due to this hybrid’s recent history and popularity. The American Bulldog Shepherd is a cross between the American Bulldog and the German Shepherd and is considered between a medium-sized dog, though on the larger end of medium. With two moderates to heavy shedding parents contributing to its genetic makeup, you can expect this hybrid to be a heavy shedder as well. The American Bulldog Shepherd combines the best qualities of the two parent breeds to produce a hybrid that is loyal, loving, and protective.
Date of Origin
American Bulldog, German Shepherd
American Bulldog Shepherd Breed History
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a modern hybrid with little documentation on breeding and history. Considered a working-class hybrid, the American Bulldog Shepherd serves as a guard and watchdog as well as a family companion. The American Bulldog Shepherd was developed in the United States and is made up of two popular breeds, the America Bulldog, and the German Shepherd. The German Shepherd brings excellent guarding and watching to the breed as well as high intelligence and some aloofness with strangers. The American Bulldog parent further strengthens the loyalty of this hybrid and adds a big soft heart to the breed as well as additional strength and endurance.
Currently, only the Dog Registry of America recognizes this dog, which is said to have more German Shepherd qualities than American Bulldog. One look at this beautiful dog and you can easily see the German Shepherd lineage. The American Bulldog adds a soft and loving nature that may be otherwise reserved in a German Shepherd and makes this hybrid an excellent family dog.
The German Shepherd parent line has high guard instincts while the American Bulldog may show aggression towards other dogs and animals. Each American Bulldog Shepherd is unique, but all require early and proper socialization with family, people, places, and other animals to help overcome some of the instinctual behaviors. With proper exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation, this hybrid breed has great potential in the home as a protective and loving family dog.
American Bulldog Shepherd Breed Appearance
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a cross between the American Bulldog and the German Shepherd but gains most of its appearance from the German Shepherd, including his coat. The American Bulldog has a sleek, short coat where the German Shepherd has a medium to long hair double coat. The American Bulldog Shepherd’s coat will be like the German Shepherd and is often water and snow resistant.
The American Bulldog Shepherd is on the larger side of medium and can weigh up to 85 pounds with long, powerful legs. The American Bulldog Shepherd is slightly longer than it is tall and its tail longer and thicker than the American Bulldog but it often lacks the bushy flare of the German Shepherd. Heavy bones are well-muscled and give the impression of agility and strength. The expression on the American Bulldog Shepherd is intelligent, keen, and curious though this hybrid can be more aloof with people. The eyes of an American Bulldog Shepherd are medium and almond shaped. This hybrid’s eyes come in all shades of brown and harmonize with the coat color.
American Bulldog Shepherd Breed Maintenance
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a hybrid of two dogs known to shed. The German Shepherd sheds far more due to its double coat and will blow its coat twice yearly. Because the American Bulldog Shepherd mostly resembles the German Shepherd, you will need a brush suited for thicker, longer hair and weekly brushing is suggested. Brushing your American Bulldog Shepherd’s coat will also help keep it clean, and the smell levels low while giving you an opportunity to bond with your dog.
In addition to weekly brushing, the American Bulldog Shepherd’s teeth should be cleaned. Daily cleaning is suggested but two to three times per week will also suffice. Teeth cleaning will help keep tartar from building up as well as decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth. While grooming your American Bulldog Shepherd, check his ears and use a veterinarian approved cleaning solution to remove any dirt, wax, or debris to prevent ear infections.
American Bulldog Shepherd Activity Requirements
The American Bulldog Shepherd is a loyal and loving breed with strong protection and guarding instincts. The German Shepherd parent adds aloofness to this hybrid, and the American Bulldog Shepherd will be cautious of strangers but not timid. However, with family members, the American Bulldog Shepherd is loving and gentle. Early socialization with other animals will help the American Bulldog Shepherd adjust to family life with other dogs and animals, and this breed will protect its entire family, including the cat.
Training an American Bulldog Shepherd is easy but requires a confident, firm owner who will not raise their voice and display any anger. Equally as important, owners should not show any timidity towards their American Bulldog Shepherd. The American Bulldog Shepherd must feel confident that its owner is the pack leader or it may feel a need to fill that role itself.
The American Bulldog Shepherd is an active dog that requires daily exercise to burn off its energy. This hybrid does very well with task oriented training and exercise and thrives when it feels it has a job to do.
American Bulldog Shepherd Owner Experiences
House & Yard
This is my first time I had American bulldog and German Shepherd but my American bulldog Shepherd is very loving and love all members of my family and he is a big part of my family
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Sasha is a rescue with separation anxiety, and can be very destructive when she hasn't gotten enough exercise. We go out for walks around the neighbourhood 3-4 times a day. She is very shy around new people and animals, but warms up quickly. She is okay with other dogs, as we have multiple dogs in the house, though gets snappy when cornered or tired.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Going to park
Very nice trainable dogs very loyal and obedient shy around new people but warms up quickly
1 month, 2 weeks ago
House & Yard
Hide & Seek
Still just a pup but already eager to train and earn treats..sits..down..stay..fetch..hide and seek..is good with other pets although gets a little overzealous when excited..likes water and snow..a great pet for an active family