American Bulldog & German Shepherd Mix: A Complete Guide

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If you are in the market for a medium-sized hybrid dog breed that extremely smart, easy to train and excellent with kids, the American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix might be just what you were looking for.

This breed has inherited all the best traits from the parent breeds, and they come alert, courageous, obedient, intelligent, and loyal.

Even though they have American Bulldog genes in the mix, most of the personality comes from the German Shepherd, which means you will be dealing with a dog that is self-assured and active.

This breed is known for being knowledge thirsty, as well as excellent guard dogs.

However, if not socialized and trained properly, the Bulldog Shepherds can get territorial and overprotective when their family is concerned.

To help you out in getting much more familiar with this hybrid breed, we came up with this guide.

You will find out the most important things about the breed, as well as how to find a high-quality puppy, how to feed him and take care of him, and how to shape him into a well-mannered Gentledog.

The American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix Puppies – Before You Buy…

The American Bulldog & German Shepherd Mix lying on grass
The American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix is a great watchdog.

Before getting from the point of just thinking about this breed to the point you enter your home with a puppy in your arms, there are some things you should consider.

For starters, you need to know if you can afford a puppy of this breed.

What price are the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix puppies?

Considering that this dog comes from two well-established breeds, you can’t expect a low price for a healthy puppy with good genes.

On average, the price range for an American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix puppy goes from $1K to $2K.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that for a puppy that is meant to be a family pet and not a dog show competitor, you will have to cash out two grand.

For a “regular” pup with parents’ health test clearances and mild temperament, you can expect the price to be somewhere in between $1000 to $1300.

How to find reputable American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix breeders?

Finding a reputable American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix breeder can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

There are certain things the “breeders” are not aware of. And, in most cases, the cheaper pups come with an unpredictable temperament and possible health issues that were transferred from the parents through genes.

To make sure you are buying a healthy puppy without any hidden health issues that might pop up later in your dog’s life, you need to know what to keep an eye on.

A reputable breeder is easy to spot if you know what to pay attention to. For example, his love for the breed and all of his dogs are immediately notable.

You will also see that the dogs are happy to see him and are not afraid when he is near them.

Also, he will offer you to meet the parents of the litter you want to buy the puppy from. This way, you can see for yourself what temperament you can expect your puppy to have when he grows up.

Another thing a reputable breeder should provide is a complete medical history of both the puppy and the parents.

He should also show you the parents’ health test clearances for the conditions that are known to trouble these breeds.

If the breeder doesn’t provide the mentioned, and you happen to notice that he is not that familiar with the breed, take a pass and look for another breeder.

In this case, you are most likely dealing with a backyard breeder that cannot possibly guarantee the pups because he doesn’t know much about them.

Another option you should avoid is pet stores. In most cases, they are getting their pups from puppy mills.

There, the living conditions are horrible and most of the puppies that come from such mills, are either sick right away, or are bound to suffer from some health issues later in their lives.

3 Little-known facts about the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix puppies

A white American Bulldog & German Shepherd Mix with a green bone
The American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix are great with kids.

Now that you know you can afford a Bulldog Shepherd puppy and you are an expert in finding a reputable breeder, it’s time to deal with – what to expect from a life with an American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix puppy.

  • They can take their looks from either of the parents

The funny thing about this breed is that they either look more like German Shepherds than American Bulldogs, or the other way around.

There isn’t a strict rule when it comes to exactly how the pups should look. So, don’t be surprised if your pup seems like just a German Shepherd of Just an American Bulldog in the beginning.

  • They can get stubborn

Thanks to their bulldog side, these hybrid pups can be a little stubborn in the beginning while they still haven’t realized that they are not in charge.

But, as they grow, the German Shepherd side takes over and they become more obedient and willing to train.

  • They are barkers

This is something that you can’t avoid. Both parents are known for being alert and barking when they hear or smell something suspicious.

But, with proper training, you can teach your dog to just give the initial warning bark, and then stop. Your neighbors will certainly appreciate his ability to learn something like that.

Physical Traits of the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix

In this section of our guide, you will learn exactly how big can you expect your Bulldog Shepherd to end up when he is fully grown.

You will also know if you can let him sit in your lap or not due to its weight.

How big is a full-grown American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix?

Knowing that both parents are not small dogs, you can expect your puppy to grow up in a medium-sized dog as well.

In general, the height range for this breed goes from 24 to 26 inches, while their weight ranges from 65 to 90 pounds.

Of course, the males are slightly taller and heavier than the females.

What is the life expectancy of the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix?

When it comes to knowing if your puppy will live a healthy and long life, it mostly depends on how you take care of him and the diet you feed him.

But, in general, this breed lives from 10 to 15 years. Of course, if the conditions are ideal, they can live even a few years longer.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix

A American Bulldog & German Shepherd Mix sitting with a cup of tea
The American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix are suspicious of strangers.

First of all, both breeds are known for their affection towards their owners.

So, it goes without saying that your mix puppy will get attached to you pretty soon from the moment you enter your home with him.

On the other hand, German Shepherds are known to be loving, while American Bulldogs tend to be slightly aggressive.

Therefore, when it’s playtime, don’t be surprised if your dog becomes a little rough. That is the bulldog in him.

Both breeds don’t like being left alone, so your pup won’t either. To make sure he doesn’t get into any trouble while you are at work, make sure he has his favorite toys, or another pet to keep him company.

Once you are back home, the American Bulldog genes will demand attention and cuddle time.

As for the training, this breed is known to be easy to train (most of the time) as they are really intelligent and pick up the commands quickly.

But, that is the German Shepherd mostly. The Bulldog side, however, tends to be a bit stubborn at times.

So, you might have some issues during the training if your dog is not in the German Shepherd “learn, learn, learn!” mode.

Another thing that might slow down the training process is the famous Bulldog’s ability to lose focus easily.

Luckily, the German Shepherds are super focused when it comes to training, and these slip-ups might happen just from time to time.

They are also known to be great babysitters and will be very alert when it comes to keeping your kids safe. This is a trait that comes from both parents’ sides.

All in all, the American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix is a breed that is well suited for living with either the people who live alone or families with kids.

They can live both in the apartment or in a house with a yard, and just require training and socialization to polish their already inherited exceptional manners.

American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix Diet

American Bulldogs love to eat and this mix inherited that. Trait?

Until they get to 4 months, the hybrid pups will eat nearly twice the food amount they require when fully grown.

Before they enter the fifth month of their lives, the puppies should eat 3 or 4 cups of high-quality dog food, divided into 4 equal meals.

In the following two months, your pup should eat 3 cups of food and there should be one less meal during the day.

When your pup turns half a year, he is ready for the adult dog feeding schedule. This means 1 and a half to 2 cups, divided into two meals per day.

How much Exercise does the American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix need?

The American Bulldog and German Shepherd mix breed need a regular amount of exercise each day.

They don’t have to hunt for food like their wild relatives, so they need to burn off that excess energy. Besides two or three 45-minute walks each day, your dog should also exercise.

We recommend running, playing fetch, obedience, agility, and Schutzhund since half of the genes come from the German Shepherd.

The American Bulldog and German Shepherd Mix Health and Conditions

This mix comes from parents that are well known for being generally healthy breeds.

Some conditions are known to trouble each breed, and there’s a chance that your pup inherited some of their health issues.

There’s no need to worry too much because the list, of health issues, isn’t long, and you only need to keep an eye on the elbow and hip dysplasia.

Child Safety

Being a mix of breeds of dogs that tend to have a bit of a scary reputation from time to time, the American Bulldog German Shepherd is a pet that many wonder about when it comes to child safety.

However, for all their protective and sometimes boisterous natures, these dogs fit well into a family unit and can often quickly ascertain the hierarchy of said family unit too.

In other words, this dog can recognize that your children are friends to be respected and protected alike.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that quite shy children, or very young kids, might not find this dog a bit intimidating though.

It’s only natural, and often what can happen is that children who feel this way will go to great lengths to avoid the animal around the home.

Unfortunately, all this does is pique the interest of the American Bulldog German Shepherd, who remains acutely aware that there’s a member of the family to whom he or she hasn’t been fully introduced.

Therefore, the dog will chase the child around the home in a genteel fashion and insist on getting up close and sniffing them, not realizing they’re only making things worse! However, good parenting can prove to your kid that there’s nothing to fear in this pet.

And from there, of course, your children and this mixed breed of dog are almost guaranteed to become solid lifelong friends.

Especially active kids can help to occupy the sometimes high energy ways of the American Bulldog German Shepherd, and they’ll soon tire each other out in time for a big dinner apiece come nightfall.

An important point about grooming

While grooming your American Bulldog German Shepherd is important, you do not have to dread doing this because your pet is also the kind of dog which enjoys grooming.

You need to begin with the most important part which is brushing the coat of your dog weekly.

Use a brush with steel bristles and slowly run it lengthwise through your dog’s coat and untangle any knots gently using your fingers.

Also, keep in mind that if you are unable to remove a tangle using your fingers, do not forcibly run a brush through it to detangle it because this will cause your American Bulldog German Shepherd pain.

Not only this but afterward your pet will not be very open to the idea of grooming if it associates the experience with unpleasant memories.

Moreover, this dog needs to be washed once every one or two months or when your dog gets extremely dirty.

The ideal way to bathe your American Bulldog German Shepherd is to put it in a large bathtub full of dog shampoo.

Let your dog stay in the bathtub for as long as it wants and gently run your hands up and down its body to scrub it clean of grease and dirt.

In addition to this, don’t forget to brush your dog’s coat before every bath. Not only this, but you will need to use canine toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth.

This needs to be done once every one or two weeks to prevent decay, plaque, or bad breath.

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My final thoughts on the American Bulldog and German Shepherd MixA close up of a American Bulldog & German Shepherd Mix's face

We have reached the final section of our guide – the final thoughts on the breed.

Since this is a relatively new breed, there isn’t much info on the breed itself.

Therefore, we have to rely on what we know about each parent breed and get the idea of what to expect.

What we do know that this is a mix of an American Bulldog and a German Shepherd and that their offspring comes with the traits from both worlds.

The breed is slightly smaller than the German Shepherd, yet a bit bigger than the American Bulldog.

Also, they mostly inherit the German Shepherd’s mild temper but know to get a little stubborn from time to time, when their Bulldog genes kick in.

This can be a slight problem when it comes to training, but luckily, during the training, your dog will mostly be in the German Shepherd “mode”.

Meaning, he will be focused on what you are doing and will absorb your teaching like a sponge.

This breed is also great with kids, and tend to get along with everyone in the family, including other pets as well.

They will be great watchdogs and quite suspicious of strangers until they are sure there’s no danger and that this person is your friend. After which, they will come to greet the “stranger” that came into your home

All in all, loyal, affectionate, and great family dogs!

Thank you for reading our guide to the end and feel free to share it on social media so that more people can get to know this relatively new breed better.

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