I’m a small boutique breeder here in northern California and I’ve been breeding these beautiful creatures for 21 years.
I bought my very first Bulldog in 1996. Just by happenchance, I was looking for what I thought to be an English Bulldog and I showed up to somebody’s house and it was this really short English Bulldog and I was looking for, what I thought to be the English Bulldog, which is now the American Bulldogs.
I had previously been a breeder and a shower of Afghan and, I have to say, once you own one of these American Bulldogs, you’re an American Bulldog lover for life.
Best breed ever, great temperaments. One of the things we loved about the breed
when we first got ours is that they are great with children but on the flip side, you could take them hiking, hunting,
do many things with the breed. It was not a sissy breed by any means (laughs).
You know, at first, I just watching them with people and family, they just are very in tune with the human.
I mean you don’t have to say anything.
They just quickly are listening and learning and following your lead.But after I owned them for a while, I started doing
a lot more studies on them and learning a little more about them and I was always mesmerized by the fact that you could take your American Bulldog out wild boar hunting and it’ll pull down a wild boar
till you go there and get it, and then an hour later, after you give it a bath, clean it up,
it’ll be sitting next to your two-year-old watching TV, it just has the ability to be a working dog and have the ability to be a gentle giant.
It started in late 1700s, early 1800s, and they were all called English Bulldogs and if you look at a lot of the old paintings and the pottery back then of the breed,
it looks like what we see now, an American Bulldog.
The settlers brought over the working farm dogs with them and that’s what we now know was named later
the American Bulldog or coined the American Bulldog by a couple gentlemen who in the early ’60s decided they were gonna bring this breed back from extinction and that was JD Johnson and Alan Scott.And there’s two different types,
Johnson, which is a little more bully, bigger head, shorter snout, Scott, really athletic, lean, the actual working breed.
I just had the passion for the bigger head, wider chest and I wasn’t gonna be using them for a working breed, even though that’s what they are. They were just gonna be my family pet and I was gonna sell them to families and I just liked the look of the Johnson. My dogs do wanna work, they have a task. They love it when you give them a task but at the same time, they’re okay just chilling, you know?
And I haven’t owned a Scott before but just, I mean, any time you have a dog that’s 60, 80 pounds,working dog that’s active on the farm, you’re gonna have a little bit more high-strung dog for sure.
My husband and I have a vineyard here.
We have five acres and that’s really when we picked up the breeding a little bit because living in town, we would just had one or two. Once we moved on the property, it allowed the dogs
to be a part of all the farm work.
We actually used to strap some trailers to them and have them go up and down with our buckets
when we’d pick grapes and put the grapes in the buckets.
They liked that, the dogs thought that was fun. But for the most part, they get their exercise just playing on five acres
They like to fetch and do all the things that normal dogs do and they like to sit in your lap. But at the same time, if they see a predator,
they pay attention and they bark. Oh, we get raccoons, cats, coyotes.
We we first, first moved here, lots of raccoons and lot of coyotes but now that they’re here and walking around, the male dogs pee everywhere,
that keeps them all on the neighbor’s property instead (laughs) of ours, so it’s kinda nice, yeah. So on top of being our favorite pets, they are meant to be our estate guardians.
They really do watch the property for us.
When we’re not here, nobody better enter our property without us here.
They will take care of business for sure. But their looks and their intimidation usually keep people
off in itself so we’re pretty lucky with that. Our dogs in particularly and probably
most American Bulldogs, people that are going to buy dogs, are gonna be family dogs.
They’re not going to be for hunting and working on the farm. Most are family dogs just like our dog.
They’re welcome to come in the house.
Like any dog that’s your pet, they would definitely live in the house if you let them but no, they can come in the house but they do like to spend majority of the daylight outside running around, playing,
being outside but at nighttime, they wanna come in where we’re at and cuddle on their little dog beds.
Even though we have huge dog houses with air conditioning and heating for them, those usually get use
when we’re breeding
For the most part, they like to be inside getting the pets, being a family dog.
Our daily routine of our pets are that we wake up in the morning and there they are waiting for us
on the living room floor on their dog beds and that’s where they are when we go to bed at night.
We have fun playing with them outside and they like to play
outside but they really aren’t meant to be left out all day.
They are companion dogs, they like to be with so I’m very comfortable.
My grandchildren come around, other children come around and they’ll play very gentle with the children.
It’s not that I’ve taught them that but they just instinctively know how to be that but it’s important that you understand
that you have a lot of time spent with the dog to make it a social family dog.
You can’t just put it in your backyard and then expect it to be social.
The main rules, we start as a puppy stage with all the basic sit, lay, stay, down from jumping on people.
They are quite puppy like for longer years than most breeds.
They’ll be puppy for four years so but by the time they’re a year old,
they’re up to 100 pounds.
You can’t have them jumping on people We teach them to sit any time we want to give them a treat.
We don’t just give them things. They have to work and they like that.
They like to work or have a task for the reward but their main job is really to keep us comforting and patrol the property for, when we have a litter of pups here and we do it, my husband and I do it
’cause we love the breed and we will segment four months out of the year that we have time to actually dedicate from the pregnancy all the way through till the puppy’s eight weeks old and we spend a lot of time with the dogs and we socialize them.
It can’t be a dog that you just put to the side and you put it in the backyard and you don’t train it from the beginning.
They actually need all their training up front.