This is still pretty young dog breed developed in 1990s. The goal of developing a new bulldog breed was to create a dog similar to the original English Bulldog that will retain its temperamental traits, but that will be more appopriate and better suited for Australian climate and terrain. The breeders who are credited by developing this breed are Tina and Noel Green and Pip Nobes. The development of Aussie Bulldog was influenced by many different breeds. Next to English Bulldog it was Boxer, Bull Arab, American Staffordshire Terrier and possibly even the Bullmastiff.
2) English vs Aussie
On the photo, the English and Australian Bulldogs look almost identical, but if you would see them next to each other, it would be quite easy to differentiate them. It is because of their size. While the English Bulldog is quite small breed, the Australian Bulldog is much larger, heavier.
So what is the exact size of the Australia Bulldog? The height is typically between 17-20 inch, which is 43-51 cm and weight is usually between 28-35 kg, which is 60-78 pounds. Females are naturally slightly smaller than males.
The Aussie Bulldog is just amazing companion dog. These dogs are known for their affectionate and outgoing temperament, but also quite intelligent and loyal characteristics. Typically these dogs do great around kids, but of course, the kid should be old enough to know how to treat dogs gently. If they are properly socialized, Australian Bulldogs do not have problems with other dogs or other pets in the family as well.
5) Brachycaphelic breed
The wrinkly muzzle and short nose of Australian Bulldog is very cute. Dogs with this short muzzle are called brachycaphelic and it is a result of a genetic mutation which alters the way that the bones in their skulls grow. Just like all brachycaphelic breeds, even the Aussie Bulldog can have some problems with breathing or some dental problems, but these problems should not be that common as with the English Bulldog and some other similar breeds.
The Australian Bulldog is not hyperactive breed, but they are not total coach potatoes neither. These dogs have average exercise needs and they need several outdoor walks accompanied with some playtime to stay in good shape. These dogs are also quite intelligent and you should not only occupy their body, but also their mind. Aussie Bulldogs do okay in training, so regular fun training sessions or some task oriented playtime is a great way how to do that.
Not only, that Aussie Bulldogs like outdoor walks and hikes, many of them also enjoy swimming and be in the water. But when you first také your Australian Bulldog swimming, you should take extra care, because not all of them can swim, but they rather sink like a brick, which can be very dangerous. It is important to be very cautious, when you are not sure, how good swimmer is your Bulldog. But it is true, that majority of them really enjoy water.
The Australian Bulldog has quite muscular body covered by short and close fitting, smooth and fine coat, which gives the dog pretty elegant appearance. These dogs can be found in almost any color or color combination, the most common probably are brown and white or brown and brindle.
Great fact is, that the Australian Bulldog is a low maintenance. Even without any grooming, these dogs will still look great and very elegant. You can brush the coat from time to time to remove any dirt from it and to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing is also needed only when its really necessary. You should also take care about the skin between the wrinkles and keep it dry and clean, so the dog does not develop any skin infection. You should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
As you already know, these dogs can be prone to some respiratory problems. Other problems that may occur with this breed are hip and elbow dysplasia, skin allergies or some eye problems, but in comparsion to other Bulldog breeds, this is quite healthy dog. The average lifespan is around 12 years.