Australian Bulldog

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50-78 lbs
17-20"
Australia
Aussie Bulldog
The Australian Bulldog is a proud looking dog who has an easy going nature and loves to hang out with their family. They love to play and are kind and gentle with children. Intelligent and loyal, the Aussie Bulldog responds well to training and is easy to teach. While they make an alert and active watchdog, they are not guard dogs. They are not aggressive towards other people or animals, having a stable and kind temperament. If you work from home, the Aussie will be your constant companion, as they seek affection and comfort from their owners. The Australian Bulldog looks like a Bulldog, but has been influenced by the crossing of other breeds such as the Bullmastiff and the Boxer. They were created especially for the unique Australian climate and terrain. Friendly, outgoing and reliable, the Australian Boxer is a true companion and friend.
Purpose
Watchdog, Companion
Date of Origin
19th Century
Ancestry
British Bulldog, Boxer, and English Terrier

Australian Bulldog Health

Average Size
Male Australian Bulldog size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 50-78 lbs
Female Australian Bulldog size stats
Height: 17-20 inches Weight: 50-78 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
  • Breathing Difficulties
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • X-ray imaging
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Australian Bulldog Breed History

The Australian Bulldog is a recent developmental breed that came about with the aim of several breeders to create an Australian Bulldog that could excel in the formidable Australian terrain and climate. Initially, the development began with the work of Pip Nobes of the Nobes line, and Noel and Tina Green of the Jag line, both who had vast experience in this field. Many breeders became involved in the process of creating this new version of the Bulldog. They wanted a dog that could handle several roles, such as being a watchdog, family companion and one that could excel in agility and obedience. This requirement was achieved with the durable body structure, size and alertness of the new Aussie Bulldog, and the slightly longer muzzle meant that this dog didn't have breathing issues and was more resilient to the extremes of heat and cold that Australia dishes out. The breeds used to create this new breed included the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, British Bulldog and the Boxer. Each breed had something special to offer the new breed and together these traits were molded into the Aussie Bulldog. Traits such as affection and good looks came from the British Bulldog, while the Boxer and Mastiff offered alertness and a dependable watchdog. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier offered the body structure required with muscle tone and again, alertness. It takes time to develop a new breed and make alterations as required. Cooperation between the breeders has been vital throughout the development. Thankfully the breeders have all made health a priority and have not sacrificed that for looks. In return for their efforts, they have produced a dog that is an amazing companion.

Australian Bulldog Breed Appearance

Distinctly 'Bulldog' in type, the Australian Bulldog varies from similar breeds by being free of anatomical exaggeration. In the face, the muzzle is not as squished as other breeds, which allows the dog to breathe freely. The Australian Bulldog has a freedom of movement that is more natural and allows ease of movement. The head is large but streamlined in appearance, with a broad nose that is not excessively wrinkled. Eyes are round and dark in color, with an alert, friendly expression. The Australian Bulldog's ears are average in size and fold over. This canine has an undershot to level jaw with flews that hang over the lower jaw at the sides. Teeth are covered and not obviously protruding. The body is solid, with a thick neck and deep chest. Legs are solid and strong, never bandy or curved. With round compact feet, a thick, often straight tail (sometimes it can be a loose screw curl) and a smooth sleek coat make this dog an attractive robust looking canine.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Australian Bulldog eyes
Brown
amber Australian Bulldog eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Australian Bulldog nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Australian Bulldog coat
White
brindle Australian Bulldog coat
Brindle
fawn Australian Bulldog coat
Fawn
red Australian Bulldog coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Australian Bulldog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Australian Bulldog Breed Maintenance

The Australian Bulldog is low maintenance with their short neat coat that only requires a good brushing once a week. This dog always looks dapper, with a close-fitting coat and sleek but sturdy shape. They rarely need a bath unless they have rolled in something stinky. All they need is a rub down with a damp soft cloth. Grooming is a great opportunity to enjoy some quality bonding time that your Aussie Bulldog will enjoy. Trained when young to allow their teeth to be brushed and their feet to be handled for nail trimming, this action will pay off later when they are more mature and weigh a hefty 70 plus pounds in weight. Remember to check inside the ear to ensure there is no inflammation or dirt build up.
Brushes for Australian Bulldog
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Australian Bulldog requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Australian Bulldog Temperament

A medium sized dog that is built solid and strong, the Australian Bulldog may seem fierce and imposing, but they are really loving and affectionate beasts. They are blessed with a sound temperament and they make ideal family companions. The Aussie Bulldog loves children and will take it upon themselves to oversee what they are doing. Not that it will stop the children from getting into mischief as the Aussie will probably join in what they are doing as well, but at least they are there should help be needed. Their appearance can deter any strangers from coming in the yard, but appearances are deceiving as this dog will let you know although they don't have the aggression to do much more than bark and posture. The Australian Bulldog is intelligent and loyal, responds well to fair and positive training methods and has a personality that you will fall in love with. They may not have the best looking face in the world, but they have a heart of gold.  This determined dog needs a leader who is firm but calm, and one who is consistent with training and commands.

Australian Bulldog Activity Requirements

The Australian Bulldog has moderate exercise needs and just requires a walk each day or maybe some play with the family. They also love to splash about in the water or chase the water hose. Extremes of temperature can affect them but in a temperate climate, they are quite at home. They are relatively easy to train as they are willing to listen to instructions and like to please their master. Although this dog can look formidable, they love their family and time spent with them is what this dog wants most. Daily physical and mental exercises to challenge the dog will avoid any behavior issues. They like a yard to roam around in and are not suited to apartment living. However, they are adaptable as long as they are with their family - and they will happily settle anywhere as long as they can still snuggle up to you.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Australian Bulldog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Australian Bulldog Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Australian Bulldog size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Female Australian Bulldog size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Male Australian Bulldog size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Female Australian Bulldog size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 39 lbs
18 Months
Male Australian Bulldog size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 66 lbs
Female Australian Bulldog size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 66 lbs

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