American Bulldog Shepherd

United States
American Bulldog
German Shepherd
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.
Purpose
Guarding, companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
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

Hass
6 Weeks
4 People
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Our new pup is my daughter's baby! He knows she is his person. He was his mama's favorite, and has only been with us for one night. My daughter is in love, and takes very good care of him. He whines and sleeps, and does his business in the grass. He's a very sweet dog!
3 days, 7 hours ago
bela
2 Years
4 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Run
Walks
Fetch
I have never been much of a dog person. Someone we knew was fostering a rescue. My daughter and Bella hit it off immediately. They wanted to bring her home at first I said no absolutely not we already have a dog that I'm stuck taking care of most of the time. Eventually I agreed to giving her a one week trial. If training and house rules were agreed. I am soo glad I did. She is so loving and protective but never in a bad way thou she so smart she can tell when we are playing or actually arguing. She has bad separation anxiety these dogs can not be left alone for more than a few hours. Highly recommend getting at least little help training. Needs at least 2-3 hours play/exercise a day but very calm at the same time. Even at 2 1/2 years her fur feels very soft and cuddly like puppys are. Awesome dog !!!!
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Kobe and Roxie
2 Years
2 People
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Energy
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Fetch
They are Very Intelligent, Loyal, Agile, Protective, Jealous, and Most of all The Most Loving Companion I've ever Had
2 months, 1 week ago
Poppy
11 Months
2 People
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Energy
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swimming
Ball
Tug-of-war
Running
Fetch
Shes pretty crazy but so loveable and protective of my 4yo son, she was a rescue pup i got at 9weeks. She's high energy and loves to run. She barks alot!
4 months, 1 week ago
Genesis
3 Years
4 People
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Obstacles
training
Fetch
Belly rubs
Highly intelligent Emotionally attached to owner Visually attached to owner Understands verbal and non verbal commands. Understands hand signals Suitable for hot and cold climates Extremely athletic and high agility Needs mental stimulation and constant affection High prey drive, food drive and ball drive Good with children and guests Good threat detection, my dog sneaks up on unwanted visitors before barking and jumping at the fence. Needs space to sprint, preferably an acre
6 months, 1 week ago
Rudy
20 Months
2 People
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Energy
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Long walks
We love our gorgeous German shepherd cross bulldog- he is an absolute star in the house. Very soft and attentive. However, we have an awful problem with training him on the lead (absolutely fine off the lead as long as there are no distractions), including chasing, pulling and lunging at cars. He also has major car anxiety and cannot go in the car without freaking out the whole journey (crying, whaling, barking, the lot). Any help as to how to tackle these issues please would be very much appreciated. We are struggling with different trainers trying to identify his behavioural issues.
6 months, 1 week ago
The Tank
3 Years
5 People
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He is a fantastic family dog. Loves children and is just the happiest dog I’ve ever had.
6 months, 4 weeks ago
Leonardo Germano Flavio Pierangeli
4 Months
2 People
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Walks
sleeping together
Cuddling
Kisses
Running
Playing
He loves to run with me and!
He was a rescue but is as sweet as can be. He eats as much and as fast as he can but it’s because he was a rescue. He cuddles and kisses and loves to be with us 24/7. He does get car sick sometimes but I think it’s because he’s a puppy. He loves running and playing. He knows when he does something wrong even though we don’t punish him at all. We just tell him no but he feels worse that he should. He is the only dog I know that pouts when he gets upset. He’s so curious yet so gentle. He reminds me so much of the German Shepard I grew up with and I love it! He’s an amazing dog and I can’t wait to watch him grow up!!!
7 months, 1 week ago
Tiger
4 Years
4 People
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I love my American Bulldog Shepard. He is a loyal dog and has a very strong personality. He will cry whenever he wants something, he loves to cuddle. He is on the other hand vigilant of strangers, has a great nose and hearing. He was easy to train, but can be aggressive towards other dogs when he feels threatened.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Bella
11 Weeks
3 People
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Potty training has been a struggle. No pooping in the house but peeing very frequently. Loves to play but in her chewing stage right now. Can be very sweet once she has had enough exercise.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Max
3 Months
5 People
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Brushing his hair and
Playing
Quite aggressive and active but lively when we came home. He usually barks if there's people outside.
8 months ago
Bear Tank
10 Months
4 People
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He loves playing tug of war, and small toys
Our guys the giant of his liter sitting at a cool 120lbs! He's a biggie, with a love for small dog toys only! You give him a large toy and he'll rip it to shreds instantly. He's super smart and was a dream to train. He goes far and beyond in the super picky eater category! Bear is also extremely curious about anything new! Every day is a laugh with his bumbling antics. He's an amazing protector to his 2 human siblings! 💙💚 American bulldog shepherd is an amazing family dog!
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Cinnamon
12 Weeks
4 People
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she is wonderful we have had her since she was 7 weeks old she trains easily with treats still pulling but learning rapidly and she is great with the kids. we haven't been able to socialize due to Covid-19 but she does bark when she sees other dogs however she's wagging her tail in a more i'm ready to play manner. Short hair no real shedding yet but I'm waiting and holding out for that challenge. Love her to death she's a permanent member of the family
1 year ago
Scooby
11 Months
2 People
Condo
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Initially needed consistent lead training to avoid pulling. He was quick to learn verbal and nonverbal commands.He'd had previous owners who couldn't give him the time,exercise and attention he needs. Balls were found to be an effective way to bond and then to focus his attention for training. Barks and inclined to chase strangers unless checked or distracted.
1 year, 8 months ago
Trudy
2 Years
2 People
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Tug of war
Fetch
We found Trudy loose in the streets of Tulsa when she was a puppy. We were unable to locate owners. She is now forever a member of our family. The only downside is that she is extremely jealous and will not tolerate another dog getting affection and will come between us and another dog. We were not sure of her breed so we did a DNA test and the results were first generation American Bulldog Shepherd.
2 years ago
Sweet pea
One Year
3 People
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She is very hyper and hard to train
2 years, 3 months ago
Duke
6 Weeks
9+ People
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Playing
Such a great dog. I love him so much he is such a great companion
2 years, 4 months ago
Tank
14 Weeks
5 People
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Playing
Tank is a quick learner and very playful.
2 years, 10 months ago
Aspen
6 Months
2 People
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Running
Cuddling
Fetch
She’s one of the smartest dogs i’ve been around. She’s ornery and LOVES to chew on what she’s not supposed to, but at the end of the day i couldn’t ask for a better pup.
3 years, 1 month ago
Ivy
11 Weeks
3 People
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Hide & Seek
Tug-of-war
Swim
Hike
Fetch
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
3 years, 3 months ago
Maiya
1 Year
3 People
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Run
snow
Going to park
Cuddling
Very nice trainable dogs very loyal and obedient shy around new people but warms up quickly
3 years, 4 months ago
Sasha
1 Year
2 People
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Cuddles
Walk
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 years, 5 months ago
Armani
6 months
6 People
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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
3 years, 6 months ago
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