American Bullweiler

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60-90 lbs
20-28"
United States
American Bulldog
Rottweiler
Rottbull

Intelligent and observant, the American Bullweiler is a hybrid dog bred from the American Bulldog and the Rottweiler. Since this breed is a hybrid, dogs will inherit the physical and behavioral traits from either the American Bulldog or the Rottweiler. This breed is a strong, muscular and athletic one that is willing to please its family by all means. It is unknown when the American Bullweiler was developed but it is suspected that the breed became popular when there was a rise in crossing breeds in general. The American Bullweiler makes a great guard dog as well as a loving companion to its family. The American Bullweiler's appearance consists of a sturdy, muscular build with a short and smooth coat. Its head is large and rounded with a prominent muzzle. The face and neck areas contain wrinkly skin, the eyes are dark brown and alert, and the floppy ears fall to the sides. The American Bullweiler is a people-pleaser and yearns for affection. Due to its short coat, the American Bullweiler has an easy-to-maintain  grooming routine. The American Bullweiler is full of much energy and requires active exercise to be content and to maintain its health. 

Purpose
Guarding, Companion
Date of Origin
1989
Ancestry
American Bulldog, Rottweiller

American Bullweiler Health

Average Size
Height: 20-28 inches Weight: 70-120 lbs
Height: 20-28 inches Weight: 60-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

American Bullweiler Breed History

While the American Bullweiler is a fairly recent hybrid, not much is known about its origin or history. The American Bullweiler originated from two breeds – the American Bulldog and the Rottweiler. The American Bullweiler originated in the United States but the exact state is unknown. The original purpose of this keen animal was to serve as a guard dog against intruders and also to serve as a loving companion pet. It is believed that the American Bullweiler rose to popularity around the same time “designer” dogs began trending. The American Bulldog originated from working dogs in the West Midlands of England who traveled with immigrants across countries. Originally developed to be a bull baiter in England, this canine was first mentioned in documentation in the 1500s. The Bulldog was bred to be aggressive and tenacious at the time. Today, the Bulldog is anything but aggressive and loves to be around people. Eventually, the breed ended up with small farmers and ranchers where its main purpose was to attend to feral pigs. The Rottweiler originates back to the Roman Empire era but did not gain much popularity until the early 20th century. The Rottweiler was originally used as a guard dog and as a policing dog to protect. Today, the Rottweiler is known as an intelligent breed with a confident stance when out in public. Both the American Bulldog and the Rottweiler are known to be stubborn to train and require patience from the owner when in obedience mode. The American Bullweiler is currently registered with the Dog Registry of America (DRA). The American Bullweiler is unable to be registered to the AKC due to its crossbreed status. 

American Bullweiler Breed Appearance

The American Bullweiler's physical appearance will vary depending on the litter. Some American Bullweilers may inherit more American Bulldog traits while other American Bullweilers may inherit more Rottweiler traits. The breed is considered a large-sized dog with a strong body. The American Bullweiler's appearance contains a muscular build. Like the American Bulldog, it has a short and dense coat and a full-sized tail. Its short and rounded muzzle is prominent with a large, rounded head, the face and neck areas contain wrinkly skin, and the eye color is dark brown. Floppy ears may fall to the side. Some common color variations found in the American Bullweiler include black, golden, and red with white markings on the chest, neck and feet areas. Its head resembles a Rottweiler – block-shaped and deep, and  has a black nose. Its ears are semi-pricked. The American Bullweiler has scissor bite. It has slender hindquarters and muscular forequarters allowing for a gait that is powerful and strong. This breed stands on feet that are commonly webbed and rounded.

American Bullweiler Breed Maintenance

The American Bullweiler is not a hypoallergenic breed and does shed occasionally. The short coat makes for an easy grooming routine. Brushing your dog daily with a rubber curry brush should remove any dead hair while bathing is recommended to be done every 6 to 8 weeks, if needed. Bathing too frequently can result in your American Bullweiler having an excessively oily coat. This breed is not known to drool or have significant odor. It is essential to observe the ears of your hybrid for accumulation of dirt and clean them weekly to avoid infection. Nails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks to prevent overgrowth which can cause breakage or tears in the nail. Teeth should be brushed regularly to maintain oral hygiene.

American Bullweiler Temperament

The American Bullweiler is described as a fun-loving, affectionate breed with much love to offer. Early training and socialization must be provided in order to avoid your American Bullweiler from becoming a one-man companion and to avoid excessive barking. The breed is full of energy and will engage in playful exercise. The American Bullweiler also makes for an excellent guard dog that will protect its family against danger. The American Bullweiler loves to remain active and engage in fitness activities as well as regular exercise. The American Bullweiler is a confident and intelligent breed who thrives on learning training techniques quickly. The breed is known to be fearless and loyal to its family, working well with children too, as long as early socialization is provided. Naturally good-natured with other pets, cohabitation will go especially well if there has been early an introduction between the housemates. The American Bullweiler may display protective behavior against a stranger if they are near its territory although if trained properly, there should be no unfounded aggression exhibited. The American Bullweiler is easy to train because it is an eager breed willing to take on new tasks. This dedicated dog’s energy levels are described as high and he must be engaged in activity often to stimulate his physical and mental self.

American Bullweiler Activity Requirements

The American Bullweiler is a breed with a high energy level, which means the breed requires much space for movement and extra exercise on a regular schedule, which will be enthusiastically met by your dog. It is recommended that the American Bullweiler be given up to an hour of exercise per day due to its energetic temperament. It is best suited to engage the American Bullweiler in intense play and long walks. If a secure space is available, the American Bullweiler loves to roam and explore. This breed would fare best in a large home with a spacious yard or land on which to roam. The American Bullweiler would be able to live in either urban or rural areas as long as it is provided with mental and physical stimulation. Extreme weather environments are okay for this dog, but it should not live anywhere where there is extreme heat as constant exposure may lead to overheating, a risk in the Bulldog breed. 

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