The American Bull Dane: A Complete Guide

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The American Bull Dane is certainly a rather intriguing hybrid breed that takes the American Bulldog and marries it with the Great Dane.

As you can imagine, this is going to produce a rather large dog, but you can forget all about it being aggressive or dangerous as that is not the case.

However, for most people, this is a breed of dog that is going to be completely new to them, and that does mean that it’s in your best interests to learn as much as you can about them.

Of course, this is also better for the dog as well, and that is where our complete guide will prove to be useful.

As you work through our guide, you are going to learn everything that there is to know about the American Bull Dane from its size to its temperament and anything else you can imagine.

It is our aim to provide you with everything that you have to know before you take ownership.

But, to begin with, we need to start off with yourself.

We need you to sure that this is the correct breed of dog for you before we even get too involved in everything else that there is to know about this wonderful breed of dog.

American Bull Dane Puppies – Before You Buy…

A spotted American Bull Dane sitting down
The American Bull Dane is a wonderful breed of dog.

So, what do we want you to do? Well, we simply ask you to be honest with yourself and your ability to care for a dog of this size and strength.

This is a different undertaking to a small toy dog, but you still should not be afraid of owning a dog of this type.

But, we want you to think about various things first, and to continue to do so throughout our complete guide.

At the root of this are a series of questions, and the answers that you come up with will determine if this is the correct breed for you.

Questions such as the following should be important:

  • Have you ever owned a dog before?
  • Have you ever owned a dog of this size and strength before?
  • Are you aware of their needs and requirements?
  • Have you ever trained a dog before?
  • Can you provide them with everything that they need?
  • Can you handle their sheer size?
  • Can you afford to own them?

They may initially appear to be simple questions, but they are ones that need to be asked for both your own sake as well as that of the dog.

What Price are American Bull Dane Puppies?

So, what kind of price are you looking at paying for American Bull Dane puppies? Well, it depends on a few different things as the price can ultimately vary.

The pedigree of the parents is going to play a significant role, and that is something that is always taken into consideration. The better it is, the more money you have to pay.

Also, as it is in the top 20 of all breeds in the United States, it makes sense that it will mean that there are more breeders than there may be in other countries.

This too can have an impact on what you pay, so your location is also going to make a difference.

The average price that you could end up paying for a puppy will be in the region of $1200 although you may be lucky and pay less. In the UK, they are seen as being a rare breed, but you may end up paying around £800.

How to Find Reputable American Bull Dane Breeders?

The key here is to always find a reputable American Bull Dane breeder, as that can make a significant difference to the quality of dog that you then own.

Thankfully, there are a few different options to consider.

First, even though it is not a purebred dog, you should still contact the Kennel Club in your country to ask if they are in a position to help.

They will often have a list of breeders that they feel meets their criteria and they will be quite happy to help you out.

Next, the Dog Breeder’s Association is another potential source for you, and this is another good group to contact.

They too can advise you on breeders that they are aware of for the American Bull Dane, and they will point you in the right direction.

Finally, there are other owners and clubs of owners, and you can find a number of them online.

They too can advise you on the best breeders that they use, and there is no question of not being able to trust what they say.

3 Little-Known Facts About American Bull Dane Puppies

So, how much do you know about American Bull Dane puppies?

Well, to hopefully make them a bit more interesting, we have just three simple facts about the breed that you may never have heard before.

  • They are at number 14 in the list of most popular dogs.

The American Bull Dane has taken the world by storm, and they are already at number 14 in the list of the most popular dogs in the United States.

  • The military loves them.

Even though this is a large dog, they are very active in the military. There, they can be put to work in various ways, and they are certainly going to be rather intimidating thanks to their size.

  • They have virtually no health conditions.

If you are looking for a dog that will generally be quite healthy, then this is the breed for you. With relatively few health conditions to worry about, then at least the vet bill should be kept low.

At this point, there are only two or three conditions you need to pay attention to.

Physical Traits of the American Bull Dane

A American Bull Dane laying on the grass
The American Bull Dane is not suited for apartment living.

The American Bull Dane is a big dog. In fact, it is massive.

Also, this is a dog that has a substantial amount of strength about it, and this is something that you need to think about before you decide to own one.

What you have here is a real blend of both the American Bulldog and the Great Dane, but the exact distribution of features can differ.

A quick glance at them will allow you to see that they do take on traits of both parents. They have a muscular and large look of both while their coat is very short.

Their tail is long and hangs down while there is very little fat on their bodies.

Their stance is one that is very powerful and dominating, but they are gentle giants when it comes to their temperament.

They will have short ears that tend to flop down and they will also often have dark brown eyes. Their coat will come in a variety of colors although a black and white mix is quite common.

How Big is a Full-Grown American Bull Dane?

As we said, this is a big dog, and you can see that when you look at the stats of one that is fully grown.

It has a height of between 27 to 35 inches at the withers while it can weigh anywhere between 100 to a staggering 190lbs.

The male will often be the tallest, and heaviest, so this is one very impressive dog.

What is the Life Expectancy of the American Bull Dane?

As with any breed, there are a number of things that will contribute to the life expectancy of the American Bull Dane.

That being said, the average life expectancy is in the region of 10 to 12 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Bull Dane

Due to misconceptions regarding the American Bulldog, in particular, there is some apprehension surrounding this dog, but that should not be the case.

Instead, what you have here is a breed that is very affectionate and loving to its owners.

At times, some people feel that they can come across as being quite dumb, but it is more the playful side of them that causes this.

In all honesty, they can be easy to train, which is a sign of their intelligence.

They will want to keep you company, and can often be found snoozing in front of the TV.

Due to their size, they can be quite intimidating for young children, so if you have them, then keep this in mind.

Also, do not own this dog if you have never owned a dog before because they do have a stubborn side that can be tough to break down if you have never done this kind of thing before.

So, they may be big in size, and big in personality, but they are not to be afraid by any means.

The American Bull Dane’s Diet

A American Bull Dane in the sun
The American Bull Dane will always protect you and your family.

As this is a large dog, then clearly their dietary requirements will also be bigger than the absolute majority of breeds.

However, you still need to be careful with what you feed them as cannot afford them to be obese.

Remember that this dog is already at the top end of the weight scale, and anything extra is going to put its health in some danger.

It will also be essential that they get all of their required nutrients, especially as a puppy. Failure to do so could lead to skeletal issues, and that is not going to be good for your puppy.

A good breeder will provide you with a break down of what they have been eating and how often.

Follow this guide until they are fully grown, and then look at switching to the best quality food that you can afford.

The food at the lower end of the price range will use inadequate ingredients that will be difficult for your dog to digest or will serve no purpose. Look at providing them with dry food twice a day

How Much Exercise Does an American Bull Dane Need?

Due to the need to keep their weight within certain limits, you do need to make sure that they get their exercise.

They are viewed as having a relatively low energy level, so while you do not have to go ahead and take them for hours-long walks each day, they still need something.

You are looking at around 30 to 40 minutes of exercise per day, and this can be in the form of 2 or 3 short walks.

They do love to play though, and thanks to their size this does mean that they need the space to do this, so forget it if you have an apartment as they need a large yard to run around in.

American Bull Dane Health and Conditions

An American Bull Dane will have very few health conditions that may be passed down the family line.

When you buy a puppy from a breeder, you must check that the parents have had the correct tests carried out by a vet and that there is nothing that should be of concern to you.

That being said, the health conditions that you should be aware of are as follows:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Entropion

That is the full list, but of course, they can still pick up other common issues that you would then need to address.

My Final Thoughts on the American Bull DaneA close up of a American Bull Dane's face

The American Bull Dane is a wonderful breed of dog and one that you are going to simply fall in love with.

Yes, it is not suited for apartment living, but if you are worried about how the breed is going to act around children, then there is no need to be concerned.

This dog will protect you and your family, but it will also have such a soft and gentle nature.

At times, it may not come across as being the most intelligent dog out there, but it will be more intelligent than you thought.

If you have small children, then it is best to avoid owning this dog until they are bigger and older to avoid any potential problems.

Aside from that, this dog should be an absolute pleasure to own, and they will certainly put a smile on your face.

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