The Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog’s origin is somewhat undocumented and unverifiable before 1979. Alapaha has existed for over two hundred years in the southern enclaves.

The Alapaha is believed to have its origin in a recently extinct species known as the Mountain Bulldog, Old Southern White and Old Country (Big) Bulldog.  These dogs were first brought to America in the early 18th century.  It, unlike its “English” counterpart, was continuously bred for utility and stamina, whether it be guard work, farm work, or as a family companion. Despite their proven worth in many areas and ability to reproduce type with reliability these strains of bulldogs survived mainly in small pockets of the south, never being accepted into the show dog circles.

This type of dog was in danger of extinction until a small group of Southerners in 1979. They set about to perpetuate the breed and to establish a standard in which to breed from.

Today, the Alapaha is not only bred in the Southern enclaves of the United States but all over the world from South Africa to the Philippines from China to New Zealand as well as Europe and the Americas strictly following standards set by the Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association® (ABBA).  The Alapaha found in these countries all originate from the southeastern United States.  Breeders who breed purely for the love of breed, not the love of money, who follow the same main breeding criteria, being: #1 Health, #2 Temperament and #3 Conformation.

 

Description

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 all trimmed in white or chocolate and 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. The dewclaws are never removed and the feet are cat-like.

Temperament

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is dutiful and quickly trainable. This breed is named as such for its 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.

Height, Weight

Height: 24 inches (61 cm)
Weight: Males 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.

Health Problems

With such a small genetic pool, health problems such as inversion of the eyelids (entropion) can develop.

Living Conditions

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are very inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.

Exercise

These athletic, active dogs have an average demand for exercise. They need long daily walks and will enjoy a romp in a safe enclosed area.

Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years.

Grooming

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.

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