Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
(Photo courtesy of Jo-Lin Kennels)
SPECIAL SKILLS: Watchdog and family pet.
ORIGIN: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog results from three generations of an old breeding program of PaPa Buck Lane of Rebecca, Georgia, USA. The program started back in the 1800's and was intended to rescue the "plantation dog" of Southern Georgia that was nearly extinct. This rare, bulldog-type guard dog descends from Buck Lane's dog, named Otto. Lana Lou speaks of her granddaddy as always having had an "Otto" about the estate. One Otto was all one needed since these Bulldogs were capable of guard work and woods work. When PaPa Buck was killed by a train in 1943, his Otto proved his undying devotion by constant visitation and guard duty over the grave. Buck Lane's granddaughter, Lana Lou Lane, continued the breeding program until she passed away in her sleep on July 20th 2001. Like the Plott Hound, this muscular breed is the creation of one American Family, and its survival depends upon the nurturing it receives. Originating from English Bulldog Stock, this dog's ancestors functioned as cattle and pig herders, but the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is bred solely for security and companionship.
SIZE: Height: 24 inches (61 cm.) Weight: Dogs up to 100 pounds (47 kg.) Females - about 78 pounds (34 kg.) There is a considerable difference between the males and females. Males can be almost twice as heavy as the smallest females.
Note: The size and aesthetic characteristics indicated are the general goals of most breeders and may vary among the breed.
COAT: The coat of this dog is short and shiny. Colors include; brown; chocolate brindle; red-white red nose; chocolate red nose; chocolate and white red nose; chocolate red white tri-color; cocoa fawn red nose; red brindle black nose; mahogany and white brindle; sable brindle; black and tan; blue fawn; blue white; black; blue brindle, cinnamon, white and chocolate; red white fawn black mask nose; brown brindle, black brindle; red white with black mask; dilute sable; and sable.
CARE REQUIRED: Little grooming is needed. Occasionally comb and brush to remove dead hair and cut down on shedding. Bathe once every two weeks. This breed is an average shedder.
CHARACTER: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a well-developed, exaggerated bulldog with a broad head and natural drop ears. The prominent muzzle is covered by loose upper lips. The prominent eyes are set well apart. The Alapaha's coat is relatively short and fairly stiff. Preferred colors are blue merle, brown merle, or red merle trimmed in white or chocolate & white. Also preferred are the glass eyes (blue), or marble eyes (brown and blue mixed in a single eye). The ears and tail are never trimmed or docked. The body is sturdy and very muscular. The well-muscled hips are narrower than the chest. The straight back is as long as the dog is high at the shoulders.
TRAINING: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is dutiful and quickly trainable. This breed is named as such for their streak of "royalty." It is a great watch and guard dog. They will fight to the death to defend their owners and make excellent companion dogs. Excellent with and protective of children. These are active, athletic and mindful dogs with a lot of heart. The objective in training this dog is to achieve a pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in their pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. That is the only way your relationship can be a complete success.
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: These dogs can make good family dogs provided the family is always consistent and can cope with a boisterous dog. Enthusiasts for these dogs claim that they are loving with children. This dog will protect house and home and accept cats and other household animals provided it has become acquainted with them when young. Some examples of the breed can be rather eager to fight with other dogs.
EXERCISE: Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. The are very inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
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