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  1. The first article identified the dogs as “American pitbulls,” thus we reported the first story under this assumption. The second, updated, article identified the dogs as “American bulldogs,” thus we reported it as such.

    The statistical analysis in the first article deals with “fatalities” as clearly stated in the article. The violent mauling of Carl, does not change the statical number of 83%. Carl is currently hospitalized and in serious condition.

  2. Ah…The Bully people and their aliases…These dogs were called American Pit BullDogs until the 1970’s when the reconstituter of this extinct breed decided to distance his dogs from pit bulls.

    It is thought that this breed was the original bullbaiter-bear shredder. Later, when the “sport” of bull baiting became illegal, the Dogmen of Stafford bred them down into a smaller and faster package which was more fun to watch as they killed each other. The new smaller dog became the Pit Bull of today.

    Dogmen legend states that when these dogs weren’t in the Pit killing each other or being ruthlessly culled, they served as Nanny dogs…Yeah right!

  3. The American bulldog is a highly dangerous breed. It is far less common than the pit bull, therefore we see fewer instances of serious and fatal attacks. Any city with half a head will include these dogs in the definition of “pit bull.” Not too long after the American bulldog-mixes (it was never quite determined what they were mixed with) killed two people in the same attack in Michigan, the county adopted a “no bully breed” adoption policy period.

  4. It is great to see the American Bulldog considered a pit bull type dog by Omaha in there new dog regulations!

  5. An American Bulldog Association person has commented:

    American bulldogs are predecessors to American pit bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers. A bulldog’s aggression and prey drive is elevated compared to most breeds, according to Kathleen Snope, an officer of the Working American Bulldog Association.

    “American bulldogs are not the ideal pet for most people,” Snope said from her home in California. “They require a lot of training and socialization . . . Most families don’t want to put that kind of training into a pet.”

  6. However I have a feeling that some biased animal control or rescues are just labelling all pit bulls as “American bulldogs” in an effort to play pretend.


    The American Bulldog is a brave and determined, but not hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children. It is known for its acts of heroism towards its master. These dogs have fought wild dogs, bulls and even fire. It is said “fighting off one of these dogs is like fighting an animal that possesses an alligator’s head and a python’s body.” Yet when called off by their handler, they immediately obey. No wonder they are said to have “true grit, true devotion and true love.” They have strong protective instincts, and need a firm, confident, consistent pack leader. Well-socialize and obedience train them at an early age, to prevent them from becoming reserved with strangers. Without that strong minded pack leader who can tell the dog what is expected of them, they may be aggressive with other dogs. They need to be around people and know their place in their pack to be truly happy. This breed tends to drool and slobber. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise they will become high strung and may become hard to handle.

    It is said “fighting off one of these dogs is like fighting an animal that possesses an alligator’s head and a python’s body.”

    TIMES TWO!!!
    Poor guy, I hope he can recover from this attack mentally and physically.

  8. Here’s a good history on the American bulldog. The animal is undeniably a “pit bull type” dog. The cross over in the gene pool is too massive to ignore.

    Originating in 1700’s America, the Old Country Bulldogge was developed from the original British and Irish bulldog variety, as well as other European working dogs of the Bullenbeisser and Alaunt ancestry. Many fanciers believe that the original White English Bulldogge survived in America, where it became known as the American Pit Bulldog, Old Southern White Bulldogge and Alabama Bulldog, among other names. A few regional types were established, with the most popular dogs found in the South, where the famous large white plantation bulldogges were the most valued. Some bloodlines were crossed with Irish and English pit-fighting dogs influenced with English White Terrier blood, resulting in the larger strains of the APBT, as well as the smaller variety of the American Bulldog. Although there were quite a few “bulldogges” developed in America, the modern American Bulldog breed is separately recognized. Unlike most bully breeds, this lovely bulldog’s main role wasn’t that of a fighting dog, but rather of a companion and worker. Quite larger than most bulldogs, it excells in dog sports like weight-pulling and makes a great farm dog and even a capable hunter.

    While the old bulldogges were disappearing in Europe and England, the American variety remained unchanged until the WW2, when their numbers declined drastically, inspiring a few enthusiasts to unite in an effort to save the breed from extinction. In the 1960’s, John D. Johnson and Alan Scott joined forces with Louis Hegwood, George Lee Williamson, Calvin Tuck and others in collecting surviving southern bulldogges and selecting the best specimens to serve as a foundation for the revival programme. After the decision to abandon the American Pit Bulldog name to avoid confusion with the American Pit Bull Terrier, the breed was registered as the American Bulldog. Outcrosses were necessary early on to increase the gene pool and the population of the breed, but not everyone agreed with the choices some breeders made. Although an important figure in the development of the modern American Bulldog as a recognized breed, Johnson decided to introduce the English Bulldog into his lines, alienating a great number of enthusiasts in the process, many of which never fully got over it. Due to disagreements over the ideal type and breeding practices, Alan Scott and J.D.Johnson put an end to their colaboration, opting to go their separate ways and breed their dogs based on their personal ideals. To this day, two main types of the modern American Bulldog are the Johnson and Scott bloodlines, but other strains exist, like Painter, Leclerc, Hines, Old Southern White and so on.

    Large, massive and broad-headed, the well-mannered Johnson dogs remain more popular as family pets than the smaller and lighter built Scott Performance bulldogges, which are considered to be far superiour workers. However, most present-day dogs are crosses between all the types, as well as some other bully breeds. There is currently some talk of possibly classifying pure J.D.Johnson dogs as a separate breed in the future, due to noticeable differences in appearance, as well as common conflicts within the American Bulldog breeder community, concerning the breed’s Standard and purity guidelines. It has been rumoured that the modern Johnson lines contain some English Mastiff and even St.Bernard blood, but this hasn’t been proven. Even though the Scott type was directly developed by crossing early Johnson’s dogs with more tenacious breeds, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, it is gradually becoming accepted as the breed ideal, regularly outperforming its ancestors. This is partly due to the value placed by many bulldogge fanciers on function, rather than form of working dogs. The American Bulldog was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1999 and is enjoying great popularity in the U.S. and around the world.

    The American Bulldog is a courageous guardian and a loving family pet, but it needs experienced handling and early socialization. Even though this breed is not as dog-aggressive as some bullies, it does like to play rough and won’t back away from a confrontation. Unfortunately, some misguided owners foolishly put these dogs into fighting arenas with Pit Bulls and other breeds, almost always with terrible consequences. There are also some unpure bloodlines to be found, so potential buyers should be careful. Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Presa Canarios, Olde English Bulldogges, AmStaffs and other bullies are at times crossed into the American Bulldog bloodlines, sometimes with the intention of improving its working abilities, but more often simply for appearance and other reasons. Due to this breed’s ever-increasing popularity in America and worldwide, potential owners should carefully research A.B. breeders in order to ensure a quality purebred purchase and to avoid Pit Bull crosses and poorly bred dogs. The American Bulldog is a strongly built, powerful and energetic dog, completely devoted to its owner. The coat is short and glossy and accepted in every colour, except for solid black, blue or any type of tricolour. The most popular dogs are white, with or without markings. Average height is around 24 inches, but larger dogs are common.

  9. Name changes and aliases are the trademark of the fighting breeds…trying to stay one step ahead of the breeds reputation.

  10. Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Six Levels (degrees) of Bites:

    Level 1: This bite does not touch the skin. The dog is air biting or snapping.

    Level 2: This bite makes contact with the skin, but doesn’t break the skin. Pain and bruising may result, but no abrasions will be visible.

    Level 3: This bite ranges from a one to three punctures in a single bite with on puncture less than ½ the depth of the eye-tooth (fang) with or without some tearing.

    Level 4: The dog is putting great pressure into the bite. 1 to 4 puncture wounds with or without tearing, more than ½ the depth of the eye tooth. This is usually accompanied with bruising and likely to require medical attention. These injuries suggest the dog grabbed and shook what was in it’s mouth.

    Level 5: Multiple level 4 bites. This dog is usually beyond the ability to reason and may feel his/her life is threatened.

    Level 6: The dog has killed.

    I think there needs to be a special “5.5 category: for the Bully breeds:

    5.5 Life threatening shredding. Dog is clearly beserk, and shows no fear for it’s own life… almost like a rabid animal.

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