Australian Bulldogs


• Article 4 - Breeding Aussie Bulldogs- genetics, stud dogs, bitches, standards, puppy market, predictions.

One trap often fallen into by the newcomer is that of trying to correct one fault by introducing another: for example, mating a bitch which is rather long on the leg with a male that is very short on the leg, in the belief that one will counteract the other. Genetics doesn’t work this way, instead you will expect to see puppies which exhibit the fault of each parent- some too stumpy some too tall. Furthermore it should also be remembered that all the puppies will still carry the faults of both parents even if you were lucky enough to produce one of correct leg length from this mating.

All reputable breeders understand and have vast experience with canine genetics. Therefore once again we do not cross our aussie bulldog females with British Bulldogs.

Our kennel was formed on the basis of recruiting only the best bloodlines- selecting those bulldogs that carried the traits we were looking for- square heads, good length of back, straight toplines, rich pigment, good turn of stifle just to name a few. Not only did we look at the puppies, we also looked at their parents and grandparents. For those that are screaming out- “But 2 of their foundation dogs are sired by British Bulldogs”, well yes this is correct but, both parents were still within what we classed as a good bulldog type. It wasn’t the common case of a Terrier type Aussie Bulldog female going over a British Bulldog, both parents were of a good standard, and even the British Bulldog males were very nice in type.

Therefore for those looking to acquire an Aussie Bulldog an come across a litter sired by a British Bulldog, do you homework, check out the mother and the dogs behind her, make sure she fits the Aussie Bulldog standard-from my experience 9 times out of 10 she won’t even look like an Aussie, and the chances of your puppy turning out to look like mum are very high indeed. Having said this if you contact breeders in the Australian Bulldog Society you won’t find puppies sired by any other breeds but Australian Bulldogs, it's the way to go.

Instead of breeding mediocre females, to British Bulldogs it is far wiser to use a dog of correct type, as some puppies tend to resemble each parent and on this basis the chance of producing the correct type in at least some of the puppies is much greater. They would also only be carrying those faults inherited from the dam, rather than all those inherited also from their British Bulldog sire- who certainly doesn’t fit the standard for the Australian Bulldog. For those breeders and the public we are not trying to breed a poor mans version of the British Bulldog! The Australian Bulldog is a breed in its own right and is an improvement on the British Bulldog in those bloodlines that have been cultivated in the hands of experienced/commonsense breeders.

The best decisions on breeding are made by combining the strength of pedigrees and ofcourse type. If your fairly new to the breed and, as yet, pedigrees mean very little, there is still much you can do to help ensure the right choice of dog. To begin with steer away from younger dogs that have yet proven themselves. You should see progeny they have produced at 18 months of age to see that they have no inherent health problems and have kept their consistency in type.

Also take note of top specimens that the more established kennels are using regularly, as those breeders are continually on the lookout for that prepotent male, who seems to come along every so often, capable of producing something special in almost every litter with seemingly little regard to the bitch’s breeding.

On the odd occassion a flyer will be produced in an ordinary litter with plain bloodlines. When this does occur, invariably one finds that the siblings do not bear any resemblance to the winner and, in fact, are often a completely different type. The most important rule to establish, is the highest degree of certainty as possible, that the stud is not likely to pass on any major hereditary faults. This applies to any breed, but especially that associated wth a breed as complex as the bulldog.

Decisions made by bulldog breeders todays will determine the legacy left to future generations. Problems we now face have been handed down to us by those breeders who chose to overlook them, sometimes regarding them as acceptable in the breed, rather than eradicating them. If not attempt is made to breed out faults as soon as they manifest themselves, within a suprisingly short space of time they will have become endemic. this should be borne in mind when choosing a stud, for it the main considerations governing the choice are financial or geographical rather than suitability, the whole breed will ultimately suffer as a result.

In bulldogs particularly, it is unfortunate for those purchasing a puppy that the breed is in high demand, and therefore the breed naturally attracts inexperienced and people who lightheartedly enter the breeding program with dogs that do not meet the breed standard even remotely. The result is countless litters of poorly bred puppies being produced each year to help flood the puppy market- we are already starting to see an influx of our beloved breed in local pounds and animal shelters, this was unheard of just a few years back and shows that the breed isn’t in the best hands, there are many unregistered breeders giving our Aussie Bulldogs a bad name and some registered breeders who just don’t know what their doing.

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