Australian Bulldog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Australian Bulldog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginAustralia flagAustralia
Other Names
What other names does the Australian Bulldog have?
Aussie Bulldog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Australian Bulldog Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Australian Bulldog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Australian Bulldog?
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Australian Bulldog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Australian Bulldog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Bulldog gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Australian Bulldog? How many Australian Bulldog are there in the world?
Average: The Australian Bulldog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Australian Bulldog Size

Size
Is an Australian Bulldog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Australian Bulldog get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Australian Bulldog weigh? How much should the Australian Bulldog breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Australian Bulldog?
Male: 60-78 pounds (28-35 kg), Female: 50-61 pounds (23-28 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Australian Bulldog?
Male: 69 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 55.5 pounds (25.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Bulldog? Australian Bulldog height:
Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (44-48 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Australian Bulldog?
Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (46 cm)

Australian Bulldog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Australian Bulldog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Bulldog's coat?
ApricotFawnRedBrindleOrangeMahogany
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Bulldog and how often?
Advanced: The Australian Bulldog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Australian Bulldog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Australian Bulldog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Australian Bulldog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Aussie Bulldog?
Australian Bulldogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Australian Bulldog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Australian Bulldog every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Australian Bulldog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Bulldog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertFamiliarLovingSensitiveEasygoingIntelligentLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Bulldog? Is the Australian Bulldog breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Australian Bulldog ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Australian Bulldog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Bulldogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Australian Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Australian Bulldog sensitivity:
Sensitive: Australian Bulldogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Australian Bulldog a good family dog?
Average to High: Australian Bulldogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Aussie Bulldog need? Australian Bulldog social needs:
Australian Bulldogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Australian Bulldog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Aussie Bulldog bark?
Low to Average: The Australian Bulldog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Australian Bulldog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Australian Bulldogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Australian Bulldogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Australian Bulldog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Australian Bulldogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Australian Bulldog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Aussie Bulldog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Australian Bulldog? Why do dog bites happen?

Moderate

The Australian Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Australian Bulldog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Australian Bulldog? How much bite force does an Australian Bulldog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Australian Bulldog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Australian Bulldog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Bulldog do?
Australian Bulldogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Bulldogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Bulldog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Australian Bulldog roam?
Australian Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Australian Bulldog have high prey drive?
Australian Bulldogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Australian Bulldog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Australian Bulldog breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Australian Bulldog indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Australian Bulldogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Australian Bulldog be left alone?
Australian Bulldogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Australian Bulldog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Australian Bulldog temperament with other people:
Australian Bulldogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Bulldog dogs get along with other pets? Are Australian Bulldog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Australian Bulldogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Bulldog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Australian Bulldog temperament with children:
Australian Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Bulldog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Australian Bulldog breed live with a cat?
Australian Bulldogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Australian Bulldog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Bulldog dogs get along with other dogs?
Australian Bulldogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Australian Bulldog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Australian Bulldog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Australian Bulldogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Australian Bulldogs good office dogs? Do Australian Bulldogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Australian Bulldogs be office dogs?
No
Australian Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Australian Bulldog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Aussie Bulldog temperament with senior people? Are Australian Bulldog dogs good for elderly owners?
Australian Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Australian Bulldog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Australian Bulldog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Australian Bulldogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Australian Bulldog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Australian Bulldog breed? Most common health risks of Australian Bulldog:
BloatDry SkinEye ProblemsHip DysplasiaObesity
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Australian Bulldog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Australian Bulldog see the vet?
Frequent
The Australian Bulldog should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Bulldog dogs live? How old can a Australian Bulldog be? What is the age limit of the Australian Bulldog? How many years can the oldest Australian Bulldog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Australian Bulldog?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Australian Bulldog: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Bulldog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Australian Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Bulldog have? What is the activity level of the Australian Bulldog?
Australian Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Australian Bulldog need? How much exercise do Australian Bulldog dogs require per day?
Australian Bulldogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Australian Bulldog breed need?
Australian Bulldogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Australian Bulldog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Australian Bulldog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Australian Bulldog? How much food should I feed my Australian Bulldog?
2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Australian Bulldog risk for obesity:
High: The Australian Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Australian Bulldog more often.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Bulldog's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Australian Bulldog has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Australian Bulldog drool?
The Australian Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Australian Bulldog.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Australian Bulldog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Australian Bulldog is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Australian Bulldog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Australian Bulldog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Australian Bulldog is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Australian Bulldog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a boat dog?

Not really

Australian Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Australian Bulldog be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Australian Bulldog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Australian Bulldog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Australian Bulldog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Australian Bulldog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Australian Bulldog breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Bulldog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Bulldog have in a litter? How many puppies can the Australian Bulldog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Australian Bulldog have? How many puppies can an Australian Bulldog give birth to?
5-8 puppies

Australian Bulldog Recognition

AKC Group
Is Australian Bulldog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Australian Bulldog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Australian Bulldog breed?
America's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.

Australian Bulldog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Watchdog Ability: Australian Bulldogs are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Bulldogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Australian Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Australian Bulldogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Australian Bulldogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Australian Bulldogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Australian Bulldogs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Bulldogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Australian Bulldog breed.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Australian Bulldog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Australian Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Australian Bulldog has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Australian Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Australian Bulldogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Australian Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Australian Bulldog History

The Australian Bulldog is a newly developed breed coming from Australia. Although the modern Australian Bulldog was only developed in the early 1990s, the breed can trace its history back to the Bulldog">Old English Bulldog, a breed with a very long history in England.

When Australia was first settled by Europeans, they brought their domestic pigs with them. Many of these pigs escaped and went feral. Pigs have become a major pest in Australia, causing severe injuries and massive property damage. Feral pigs, unlike their domestic counterparts, are fast, highly intelligent, and extraordinarily fierce. One of the only ways to hunt pigs, often called razorbacks, is with the use of specially bred dogs. In order to hunt pigs, a dog must be very determined and tough enough to withstand several injuries. Australians preferred to use mixed-breed dogs for the job, most of them are the descendants of the Bulldog">Old English Bulldog, including the Boxer, Bull Terrier, and the Staffordshire Terrier. In the early 1990s, Queensland resident Pip Nobes owned a male English Bulldog. As an experiment, she crossed it with her husband’s dog, a female mixed-breed dog who was used for pig-hunting. The initial crossing was made out of curiosity. Nobes was an English Bulldog lover who had already owned two of these dogs. However, both were in extremely poor health, as was common in the breed at that time. As pig-hunting dogs are usually in extremely good health, she realized that the resulting offspring of such animals and English Bulldogs would likely be in considerably better health than other English Bulldogs. After reading about how the American Dave Leavitt had developed the Olde English Bulldogge, a recreation of the Bulldog">Old English Bulldog, she became determined to developed a new breed of Bulldog.

Moreover, about the same time, Pip Nobes was beginning to develop her Bulldog line, another Queensland couple embarked on the same process. In 1988, Noel and Tina Green acquired a male Boxer/Staffordshire Terrier Mix named Banjo and a female Boxer/Bullmastiff/Staffordshire Terrier Mix named Brindle. Both Banjo and Brindle were working pig catching dogs. However, in 1993, Nobes decided to begin breeding their pig-catching dogs for conformation and use them as companion animals rather than working dogs. In order to do so, Sally, one of Banjo and Brindle’s offspring, was crossed with a male English Bulldog/Boxer mix named Agro. These puppies did prove to be extremely suited for life as companion dogs, and from that generation on they were exclusively bred as companion animals.

Furthermore, Nobes and the Greens worked together and occasionally crossed their dogs. They shared the same goal as they both wanted to develop a unique breed of Australian Bulldog which exhibited the same excellent temperament, and conformation as the English Bulldog, but with considerably better health and greater physical and athletic abilities. They also wanted to create a Bulldog that better suited to the Australian climate. To deal with potentially extreme temperatures and diverse geographical landscapes, the perfect Aussie dog needed a few special characteristics for example; a large head, but not exaggeratedly so, a short snout, but not so short so that the breed suffers from brachycephalic airway syndrome, and taller, more even legs give this dog more agility and range. Basically, they created a dog that is the spitting image of the British Bulldog, if that Bulldog’s features were in proportion to the rest of their body. They achieved this with some help from larger Bulldog types, such as Mastiffs, Boxers, and English Staffordshire Bull Terriers. At the start, the Greens or Nobes weren’t seeking a path for fame or breed standardization, but others also became interested in the breed and some began trying to imitate the look. The Aussie has become quite a popular breed since its inception in 1997 and there are now a number of clubs where breeders are dedicated to continually work to improved and develop the breed, in hope that one day the breed would become recognized. The Aussie Bulldog Club of Australia (ABCA) was started in 2007, which runs a registration database to keep all records of breeding and membership in one place, to help promote the breed.

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  • sofia

    Jan 13, 2021, 4:06:16 AM:

    i love any dog!!