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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog | Breed Info: Pics, Facts & Traits

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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

Height: 18 – 24 inches
Weight: 55 – 90 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 13 years
Colors: White, black, gray, brindle, red, fawn
Suitable for: Experienced pet owner looking for a low-shedding watchdog
Temperament: Adaptable, affectionate, territorial, independent

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a true working dog in every sense of the term. Its origins are obscure. However, the breed appears to have come from the American South’s Mountain Bulldog, where it was known as a “catch dog.” His job was to round up cattle and other livestock. That accounts for his alert and rugged demeanor that defines his personality.

As if his formidable appearance weren’t enough, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog makes an excellent watchdog, with the brawn to back it up, too. While he is sometimes aloof, this canine isn’t overly aggressive with humans or other pets. However, he is territorial when it comes to his turf and his family. This breed is the result of selective crossbreeding with several dogs, such as Bulldogs.

The dog’s unknown origins also explain the various names for which he is known, like Silver Dollar, Otto Bulldog, and Catahoula Bulldog. Some pups have blue eyes, a trait believed to come from breeding with herding animals. He is a striking dog with an expression that tells you a lot is going on behind the scenes.

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The essential thing to understand about the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is that they are not ideal pets for families with small children or novice dog owners. Both their temperament and large size require an individual that can take firm control of training and socialization early in the pup’s life. They are intelligent dogs that need attention.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog isn’t a high-energy dog. However, they need daily walks to stay fit. It’s also essential for bonding. Establishing a trusting and loving relationship as a puppy is the best way to enjoy this working-class pooch. They don’t drool, but they do have a strong prey drive from their role as a protector of the homestead.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

1. Early Examples of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Were as Tough as Their Owners.

Life on the homestead was harsh. Stockmen needed a canine to match the tough conditions and demands of the work. They selectively bred the Southeastern Mountainous stock dog to get the right stuff for the job.

2. All Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs Are Southern Belles.

The breed has grown in popularity worldwide, with pups in homes across the globe. However, all have their roots in the American South.

3. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Almost Joined the Ranks of the Extinct Breeds.

Part of the trouble the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog was a lack of a standard and the support of enthusiasts interested in the breed. That changed in 1979 with the establishment of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association. Part of their mission is “protecting the genetic future of the breed.”

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog 🧠

A breed’s origins often provide vital clues about what you can expect from them as a pet. The same is true of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. His job as a guard dog and protector gives him an independent streak that is tempered with self-assurance. He is alert, which was necessary to chase away the stray fox or coyote stalking a herd.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a loyal and affectionate companion that will do well in the right home. While he is adaptable, he also needs a solid foundation and consistent training. Early socialization is crucial to ensure proper canine manners.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog isn’t a mean dog. However, he is large and can easily overwhelm smaller children. His territorial nature also means that kids in the family must respect his space. On the positive side, this pup is a devoted protector of family and home. He’ll do best if he has a large, fenced-in yard to enjoy. The breed is naturally wary of strangers, requiring early exposure to other people in his life.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

As with any dog that has hunted varmints for a living, have an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog in a home with other pets is sometimes problematic. His strong prey drive and tendency to nip make this pup a challenge to own in a home with other dogs or cats. Our advice is that he should be the only pet in the household so that he can get all the attention.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog:

Dogs that have led an independent lifestyle like the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog often have demands that companion breeds don’t have. There are also issues with having a larger pet that exists across the board. The responsible, would-be dog owner will research these things before bringing a new puppy into their home. Let’s go over what you must know specifically about the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Bigger dogs like the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog need a dog food formulated for their metabolism and life stage. Ironically, they mature more slowly than smaller breeds, despite their size. This pup is a muscular, heavy-boned canine, with the appetite to match. As a puppy, you should feed him three times a day, with plenty of fresh water available at all times. Adults will do well on two meals a day.

We’d also suggest giving your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog chew toys to keep him occupied during the day. The last thing any pet owner needs is a bored pup. Other soft treats are an excellent training aid and a way to establish trust with your dog. That is the key to a successful owner-pet relationship.

Exercise 🐕

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog isn’t as active as the herding dogs in his bloodline. However, daily walks will keep him healthy, mentally and physically. Like other working pups, he thrives when he has a job or something to occupy him. He is not a pet to leave alone in the backyard for long stretches. He needs companionship as much as distractions.

Training 🦮

Training an Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a commitment to consistent instruction and reinforcement of your bond with him. He is smart, sometimes too much for his own good. You must take charge and direct the course of training early in his development. To be clear, we also give the same advice to anyone owning a larger dog.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is relatively easy to train. He is intelligent to pick up new commands and routines quickly. The challenges you may face are his independence and stubborn streaks. We suggest using positive reinforcement instead of stern reprimands. It’ll go further in establishing trust with your pet.


Grooming ✂️

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a short, stiff coat that requires little maintenance. A weekly session with a hound glove or curry brush will keep it healthy and stimulate circulation. It’ll also allow you to check him for any skin conditions for which the breed is prone. After all, the earlier you catch it, the easier it is to manage.

Health and Conditions ❤️

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) recommends several health screenings for the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. We recommend only buying from breeders who test their puppies. Cardiac evaluation is optional but suggested, given the Bulldog’s propensity for heart issues.

Minor Conditions
  • Skin problems
  • Deafness
  • Male vs Female
Serious Conditions

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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs can vary considerably in size. The former is a larger, more muscular dog with a bigger head to match. Consequently, he’ll be a greater challenge to manage. There is also the question of breeding. Both sexes are affectionate animals. As always, we suggest neutering if you don’t plan on your pup having a litter.

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The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is the epitome of a working dog. Historically, he did it all on the homestead. He proved himself as a loving companion and fierce loyalty to his family. He can bring the same thing to your home, provided you can give him the attention he needs to thrive. While not a beginner pet, the pup will respond well to the right owner. Trust and respect are your allies.

Featured Image Credit: Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog, AlapahaOtis, Wikimedia Commons CC0 1.0 Universal

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