- Height: 17-20 inches
- Weight: 50-78 lb
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Group: Not applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles, houses with yards, watchdog duty
- Temperament: Affectionate, outgoing, confident, loyal
- Comparable Breeds: Bulldog, Boxer
Australian Bulldog Basics
The Australian Bulldog bears a striking resemblance to the Bulldog, but it has clearly been influenced by other breeds like the Bullmastiff and the Boxer. These dogs may look like your average bulldog, but they were selectively bred to adapt them to the Australian environment. Australian bulldogs were bred with the intention of creating a more “functional” bulldog, one that had the size and strength necessary do the job they were meant to do.
The Australian Bulldog bears a striking resemblance to the Bulldog, but it has clearly been influenced by other breeds like the Bullmastiff and the Boxer.
The name Australian Bulldog was given by Noel and Tina Green, the founders of the two breeding programs through which this breed was developed. The two breeding programs, N&T Green (Jag Lines) and Pip Nobes, were started separately and then merged in an effort to breed a more functional bulldog – one better adapted to the Australian environment. The first Australian Bulldog was introduced to the public in 1998 and the Aussie Bulldog Club of Australia (ABCA) was started in 2007, which runs a registration database to keep all records of breeding and memberships in one place, to help promote and develop the breed.
The Australian Bulldog was bred with contributions from several breeds including the English Bulldog, the Bullmastiff, the Boxer, and the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Although similar in appearance to the English Bulldog, the Australian Bulldog has a less-squished muzzle, longer legs and less wrinkles.
The Australian Bulldog is a medium-sized breed and should be fed a diet formulated for dogs of its size. It is also important to note that these dogs are fairly active so they may benefit from a high-quality dog food formulated for active dogs.
The Australian Bulldog is an intelligent breed that benefits from early training and socialization.
The Australian Bulldog is an intelligent breed that benefits from early training and socialization. This dog has a bit of a dominant streak with other dogs, so socialization will be important to counteract this tendency. Australian Bulldogs are loyal with their families and they aim to please, so they will respond well to positive reinforcement-based training methods. These dogs do well with a firm, consistent hand in training and they crave leadership from their owners. These dogs can be trained for obedience and they love playing games like Frisbee – and they also love to swim.
The average male Australian Bulldog stands between 18 and 20 inches tall, weighing between 60 and 78 pounds. A female stands between 17 and 19 inches tall, weighing between 50 and 61 pounds.
The Australian Bulldog is an affectionate breed with family and it also tends to be outgoing. Bulldogs were originally bred to fight bulls and other large animals, so they are much less reserved than other breeds – this is also true for the Australian Bulldog. These dogs have a proud appearance and they are laidback but confident in nature. They tend to do very well as companion pets because they are loyal with their owners and they love human interaction. This breed is rarely aggressive toward people but they do make good watchdogs. The Australian Bulldog can be dominant toward other dogs in its territory but, with proper socialization, can get along with other dogs and pets.
Common Health Problems
Many efforts have been made to maintain the genetic integrity of the Australian Bulldog and to prevent congenital conditions. Considered a short-faced (brachycephalic) breed, the Australian Bulldog is prone to certain breathing problems and they may be more prone to heat exhaustion than other breeds. It is also recommended that you wipe the dog’s face with a damp cloth on a daily basis to clean out the wrinkles – this will help to prevent skin problems from forming.
The average life expectancy of the Australian Bulldog breed is 10 to 12 years.
Though the typical bulldog has fairly low needs for exercise, the Australian Bulldog is a more active breed. These dogs do well with long daily walks and they also enjoy other outdoor activities. As well, it’s a common misconception that Australian Bulldogs are good swimmers. Although many like water, this breed’s heavy chest will cause them to sink like bricks – so ensure that you’re watching your Bully when near water. Regular exercise is important for this breed to prevent obesity.
The Australian Bulldog is an affectionate breed with family and it also tends to be outgoing.
The Australian Bulldog is not currently accepted for registration with the AKC. It is recognized by the Aussie Bulldog Club of Australia (ABCA), the American Pet Registry (APRI), and the Dog Registry of America (DRA).
The Australian Bulldog has a short, fine coat with a smooth texture that is fairly easy to groom. This dog is an average shedder and shedding can be controlled by brushing occasionally with a firm bristle brush. You’ll find that this breed comes in various colors including: shades of brindles, reds and fawns, and pied coloring. Black or tri-colored coats are recognized but must come from BBD lineage only and no other breeds.
As is true with all breeds, Australian Bulldog puppies require socialization and training from a young age. Socialization will help these dogs to get along well with other dogs as well as children. Training is necessary to control the energy and independence streak sometimes seen in this breed.
Photo credit: Aussie Bulldog Club of Australia