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14 ‘Bully’ Dog Breeds You Should Know

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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.

See: 8 Bravest Dogs in History

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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1:23PM PDT on May 27, 2015

Great article. All breeds are only as good as their upbringing. Much like children, who I find far more unpredictable and annoying. ;-)

8:17AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Met a sweet Mastiff yesterday. A kind of I'll stand here or sit on your feet and you can pet me dog.

8:39AM PST on Feb 16, 2015

This list is missing the American Bully (finally recognized by UKC with a few other registries specific to the breed), & the Shorty Bull.

10:46AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Thank you for the article.. I am a proud American Bulldog mom. Have been a proud American pit bull terrier mom too. Best dogs I have ever had the pleasure of owning me!!

4:36AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

The one in the photo doesn't look like a Boxer at all! More like a Mastiff x Boxer mix.

5:59PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

In memory of my puppy Brutus :) It's not the breed, it's the training.
We need to focus international attention on animal welfare. They can't wait!

8:00AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013


6:27AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

They're only bad if lack of training

6:48PM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Aww these cuties!!

They all look too cubby too run and catch you >,

8:51PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Thanks for the article

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