The Australian Bulldog is a laid back type of pet dog that’s larger, genetically healthier and more athletic than the English Bulldog. Bred to be a Bulldog suitable for Australian conditions, it is a cross between male British Bulldogs and mostly Boxers and English Bull Terriers.
A relatively new breed, Aussie Bulldogs are not recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council and cannot be exhibited as show dogs.
While the English Bulldog is larger than the French Bulldog, the Australian Bulldog is the largest of the three. Measuring about 45/50 cm (females/males), the Aussie Bulldog stands a good 10 cm taller than its English counterpart and weighs 25 to 35 kg.
Australian Bulldogs have longer legs and wider hips than English Bulldogs but a smaller head and chest. With only one to three folds of wrinkles across the nose, its face is less wrinkly than its British cousin and not as flat. Aussie Bulldogs have a short coat that comes in varieties of red, fawn and brindle with white.
The Aussie Bulldog is a loving, outgoing dog that is loyal to its family and loves to play. It is not aggressive and loves human attention. Its mild, stable temperament makes this dog well-suited for a home with children, although its large size may make it less suitable for very small children. It is an intelligent breed that is easy to train.
Where the British Bulldog commonly suffers from breeding, breathing and skin problems, these defects have been mostly eliminated in Australian Bulldogs. Given enough exercise and put on a good diet, your Aussie Bulldog should live to 10 years or more.