12. American Bulldog
This healthy, hearty breed hails from England, where it was originally bred to drive cattle and guard farm property. The American bulldog still maintains those protective instincts; you can see that in the way this breed creates strong bonds with its owner and fearlessly defends him or her against anything perceived to be a threat. Though they may have a tough exterior, these dogs are also known for interacting well with children and other pets — especially if you socialize them early on to foster their naturally happy, friendly temperaments. The American bulldog also has a very sturdy and muscular build, with a short, stiff coat that is relatively easy to groom and maintain.
11. American Staffordshire Terrier
Sometimes referred to by the nickname “Amstaffs,” this breed made many appearances on war posters in the United States during the first half of the 20th Century as a symbol of courage and bravery. As a result, many thought of these dogs as true all-American pets. Early ancestors of the Amstaff, however, actually trace back to England; it was first bred in the U.S. toward the end of the 19th century, primarily to guard property, help out on farms and provide companionship. Though medium in size, the American Staffordshire terrier has a stocky build and strong head. It’s also active and affectionate, even toward strangers. If you want pop culture’s perspective on what this canine is like, Pete the Pup — who starred in several “Our Gang” films and “The Little Rascals” series during the 1920s and 1930s — is an Amstaff.
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