Bulldog vs American Bulldog

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
8 to 10 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

The Bulldog is best for homes in temperate-weather locations with a family—kids and other pets included—who will be around a lot to shower them with affection and provide all the care they need.

Bulldog Temperament

Bulldogs (also known as English Bulldogs) can be very humanlike: They have a deep need for love and companionship, they like a good joke and they’re sometimes stubborn when it comes to learning new things. Their affectionate, outgoing personality is what most people love about this breed. Bul...

Bulldogs (also known as English Bulldogs) can be very humanlike: They have a deep need for love and companionship, they like a good joke and they’re sometimes stubborn when it comes to learning new things.

Their affectionate, outgoing personality is what most people love about this breed. Bulldogs bond with almost any kind of person, young or old, boisterous or quiet, and are not known for aggressive behavior. When you take your Bulldog for walks, others can’t help but stop to pet them—and your pup will be happy to oblige, charming everyone from your usually grumpy older neighbor to the toddlers at the playground and everyone in between (postal workers included!). Bulldogs are truly social creatures. But their favorite social interaction of all is curling up next to you on the couch. In fact, you’ll find that snoozing in a comfy spot is their most favorite thing to do.

When they’re not cuddling, Bulldogs will get your attention with their—perhaps unintentional—sense of humor. Some pet parents have experienced the “relocation” of belongings like slippers, books and hats, just to get attention. They will pout and sulk if they feel rebuffed, making some hilarious faces in the process. Once you give them the attention they crave, Bulldogs immediately slip into silliness and roll all over the floor with excitement and paw at you for more. It’s no surprise that Bulldog pet parents say their dogs make them laugh every day.

But Bulldogs can be stubborn, too. They’re not the kind of dog who wants to master every trick in the book just to please their humans. While they’re definitely trainable—if you have high-value treats—your Bulldog probably isn’t going to win any obedience competitions. Forget the fancy tricks like playing dead and spinning on hind legs and stick to simple things like “leave it” and “come.” Bulldogs usually don’t have a problem with returning to you when called because they simply love their humans so much.

Bulldog Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

American Bulldogs are best for homes with pet parents who enjoy an active lifestyle. They do well with other dogs and kids if they've been trained and socialized from an early age.

American Bulldog Temperament

The American Bulldog’s temperament is rather infectious, in part because they take their playtime seriously. Agile and alert, your American Bulldog will follow your cues, whether you’re training them to sit or you’re ready to throw the ball—again and again. Their personalities are easy to lo...

The American Bulldog’s temperament is rather infectious, in part because they take their playtime seriously. Agile and alert, your American Bulldog will follow your cues, whether you’re training them to sit or you’re ready to throw the ball—again and again.

Their personalities are easy to love; they have a confident demeanor and are known for their almost clown-like antics when excited, making them an excellent family companion. They do well with kids and babies; even with their powerful bite force, American Bulldogs aren’t likely to bite.

The American Bulldog breed’s default mode is genial yet protective. This breed is quite family-oriented but may be distant with strangers at first. Their characteristic aloofness to outsiders helps make them great guard dogs.

The breed’s intelligence is well-regarded—and “capable” is their middle name. With consistent training and established rules and boundaries, this powerful pup can learn with the best of them. As a working breed, they were known for their wild pig and cattle catching abilities, making them indispensable on southern ranches in the US.

American Bulldog Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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