Brief History on the Aussie Bulldog

The Australian Bulldog, affectionately known as the Aussie Bulldog, is a relatively new breed still under development.  Although not currently recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC), the Australian Bulldog is now widely recognized by the general public and the breed has become increasingly popular due their easy-going natures, excellent family compatibility and lovable appearance.

The breed was originally developed and named by a pair breeders in the early 1990’s already involved in breeding bulldog breeds.  The aim was to produce a medium sized dog of bully type that was better suited to the Australian climate, replicating the charm and personality of the British Bulldog, but improving on the breed’s general health and functionality.  

Foundation bitches used included Bullmastiffs, Boxers, American Bulldogs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and hunting pig dogs, utilized for their health, breeding abilities and working dog temperaments.  These females were put back to pedigreed British Bulldog males to enhance the desired bulldog type and nature.  

All Australian Bulldogs lines should be traceable back to the original breeds used, and therefore the percentage of each breed involved can be broken down.  The ideal breed percentage to maintain type is 80-90% British Bulldog.

Breed Standard

Characteristics & Temperament:                                                                                                                              
A Proud looking dog when viewed with expression.
Good family companion seeking love and affection from owners.
Should not show aggression towards people.
Lay back nature, but with good watch dog abilities.
Very stable in nature and predictable in character.
Enjoys playing in the water and walking.
Will be dominant with other outside dogs on home territory.
Need 4 foot fences only, usually do not jump. Love obedience training and socializing, best to start at an early age.
Aussie Bulldog lifespan if on a good diet and exercised regularly should live to 10 or more years.

Head , Skull & Eyes:
Head Type to be Broad and Square when viewed from all angles.
1 to 3 folds of wrinkle across the nose.
Skull circumference should equal height of dog.
The Stop between the eyes, should be deep and defined and the distance from the stop to the Occiput should be 2/3 to 1/3 muzzle. The occiput is the back of the head.
Eyes to be set wide apart with a good width of Muzzle. Any shade of eye colour acceptable.
Nice open nostrils not small, as it restricts breathing.

Above: Ideal examples of Head Type & Depth & Width of Muzzle.

Broad top and bottom jaws. Canines set wide apart with good size teeth. up to 1/4 inch undershot. preferably no greater.
Teeth should not be seen protruding from the mouth, rye mouths are a serious fault.
Snipey underjaws undesirable.

Good length of back, not short as it restricts movement, but not out of proportion to the rest of the body either.
Should slightly taper at withers and have a nice straight top line with tail set coming straight off the back.
Roach and sway backs are a fault.

Females are preferably longer in body than males to assist in better whelping ability.
Shoulders and hips should be the same width.
Body length should equal height.

Hindquarters & Hocks:
Hindquarters should be very muscular showing great strength with movement.
Good thickness of second and third thigh area.
Hocks to be moderately bent not straight. Cow hocked undesirable.
Should move straight when viewed from all angles, feet not to cross over.

Forequarters , Shoulders & Feet :
Must have good Depth and Width of Brisket, well let down between forearms, not pigeon chested (concaved).
Shoulders should be well angled with good spring of rib.
Good thickness and oval boning of front forearms set wide apart, should be straight and powerful.

No splayed feet, cat type preferred ,up on pasterns not down.
East west front feet a fault.
Bunny hopping a fault.

Free movement, moderate gait, not floating.

Moderate length of neck, thick with slight arch preferred.

Should be short and waterproof, not thick and harsh.

Tails can be short or long ( staffy length )
Approximately 1/3 of aussie bulldogs have natural screw tails.

All shades of Brindles, including Blue Brindle. Solid Whites, Red, Fawn, Tawny, Isabella, Apricot, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Mahogany & Dapple Pied colouring of every colour, including Black with White and Blue with White.
Solid Black, Tri colour & Sable are acceptable..
Nose colour can be Black, Chocolate, Blue, Liver or Caramel.

Height: Dogs 18 - 20 inches to the shoulder - Weight: 28 - 35kg,
Bitches: 17 - 19 inches to the shoulder - Weight 22 - 28 kg.