American vs. English Bulldog

If you are uncertain about whether an American Bulldog or an English Bulldog would be the best companion for you, there are specific differences between the two breeds which are important to know before settling on an official choice. 


American bulldogs originated with settlers in the States took their Old English bulldogs with them. After some time, they reared longer-legged, progressively vivacious dogs to suit their needs in cultivating, as guard dogs, and to gather wild bulls together.

English bulldogs are one of the UK's earliest breeds, having been around in the eighteenth century. They were used in bull teasing, a game that was ultimately prohibited in the nineteenth century.


American bulldogs are known for having a caring nature. Faithful, gutsy, dynamic, and social, these dogs develop a solid bond with their owners and love being engaged with everything that goes on in a family.

They should be introduced early on, and their training likewise needs to begin early, so they can understand their place in the pack. Under suitable conditions, American bulldogs make for superb companions and family pets.

On the other hand, English bulldogs are shorter and stockier than their American cousins and are often regarded as the UK's national jewel all over the world. They possess shorter faces, which gives them a unique look. Kind, amiable, calm, fearless, and amazingly loyal, the English bulldog flaunts a carefree, humorous side to its disposition, which makes the breed all the more charming.

They can be a little mulish and difficult when they want to be which is why socialization and training must begin early. They may not be the best pick for first-time dog owners; however, in proper hands and conditions, these national fortunes make magnificent buddies and family pets.


The American bulldog has a thick, close-lying coat that can be fluffy or sometimes coarser on the surface. Their coat comes in an assortment of colors, such as red, white, brindle, etcetera.  The American bulldog sheds frequently throughout the year, particularly during the spring and fall. The breed is viewed as a moderate shedder.

Similarly, the English bulldog has a short, close-lying coat, just like their American cousins. They also come in an assortment of colors, which incorporates white, brindle, red spots, and a wide range of shades within those patterns. This breed also sheds its fur throughout the year, and even more so during the spring and fall.


Admittedly, American bulldogs are exceptionally wise and friendly dogs who adapt to new things rapidly. They are solid, active, and dauntless characters that should be socialized as well as adequately trained early on, so they can understand what is required of them.

They are not the best decision for first-time owners; however, they make superb mates and family pets for individuals who know about the breed. They react remarkably well to practical training, and it is best to keep training sessions short and intriguing to keep an American bulldog focused.

Profoundly clever with somewhat of a difficult streak, the English bulldog isn't the easiest of dogs to train, which is why they are not the best decision for first-time owners. With this stated, with appropriate handling and the right kind of socialization, an English bulldog can adapt to new things rapidly, and they love to impress.

Like their American cousins, they react well to positive reinforcement. However, it would be a misstep to adopt any kind of brutal approach during training, as this would not work with an English bulldog because while intimidating, they are naturally tender.


Being more coordinated and agile than their English cousins, American bulldogs should be given a balance of activity and mental incitement to be cheerful, balanced canines. Ideally they should be given anything from forty minutes to an hour of activity with however much of the lead time as could be expected.

English bulldogs are not exactly as dynamic or vivacious as their American cousins. Regardless, they should still be given plenty of daily physical activity and mental exercise to be upbeat characters. It is significant that in light of their shorter noses, care must be taken concerning when and how much exercise an English bulldog is given when the climate is hot.

The breed is inclined to overheat rapidly, which could place them in a dangerous situation. However, an English Bulldog needs at least an hour's activity daily, with however much of the lead time as could be expected in a safe spot.

Among Children and Pets

American bulldogs are known to be great around kids, although they can get excessively defensive of them now and then, which means you should not throw caution to the wind when the children have companions over to play.

They are not the best choice for families with small kids and  are better suited for family units with older children. As long as an American bulldog has been well socialized from a young age, they can live with different dogs, although care ought to consistently be taken when they meet any dogs for the first time.

Also, care should be taken when they are around smaller pets such as cats; however, if an American bulldog grows up with a cat in the home, they will, in general, get on well together.

Similarly, English bulldogs are known to be great around kids, including young children. Like their American relatives, they can be excessively protective of youngsters, which means additional care should be taken when the children have friends over. If a Bully has been socialized well early on, they can relate with other dogs.

However, extreme care should be taken when they meet some other creatures initially. Be that as it may, if a Bully has grown up with a cat in the home, they will, in general, get along with them.

Life Expectancy

The normal life expectancy of an American bulldog is somewhere in the range of 10 to 15 years when nurtured and given a proper, decent quality diet to suit their ages.  The English bulldog's life expectancy is about 8 to 10 years, though some animals have been known to live longer with the right care and diet.

The American bulldog is predisposed to certain medical conditions, some of which are congenital while others are acquired. The health concerns that seem to be predominant include the following:

  • Certain types of bone malignancy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL)
  • Ichthyosis
  • Kidney issues
  • Thyroid issues
  • Upper leg tendon
  • Cherry eye
  • Entropion (Eyelids collapsing inwards)
  • Ectropion

The English bulldog is what is referred to as a brachycephalic breed; as such, they are prone to experiencing breathing issues, particularly in a warmer climate. Other wellbeing issues that are known to affect the breed include the following:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Interdigital growths
  • Cherry eye
  • Hypersensitivities
  • Skin inflammation
  • Overlay dermatitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Furunculosis
  • Gag pyoderma
  • Demodicosis or demodectic mange
  • Tail overlay dermatitis
  • Waterfalls
  • Distichiasis
  • Entropion (Eyelids collapsing inwards)
  • Ectropion
  • Irregular dentition
  • Congenital fissure/harelip
  • Congenital fissure
  • Brachycephalic upper-aviation route disorder
  • Hypoplasia of the trachea
  • Mitral valve absconds
  • Arteriovenous fistula (Abnormal Passage Between Artery and Vein)
  • Pulmonic stenosis (Congenital heart issue)
  • Von Willebrand's illness
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Perianal organ tumor
  • Hypothyroidism

A large number of English bulldogs are born via a Caesarian section, which must be performed by a certified veterinarian.

While American and English bulldogs show a few differences, it is evident that both breeds make excellent companions.


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