Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
Country of Origin: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog (also known as the ‘ABBB’ or ‘Otto’) is a highly rare breed descended from the English Bulldog. Only a few hundred Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs live worldwide. The Lane family of Rebecca, Georgia sought to recover the old ‘plantation dog’ from the Alapaha region of Southern Georgia. These plantation dogs originally guarded slaves, but later hunted hogs and cattle and protected their masters’ property. They were known for their large size, loyalty, and high level of obedience. The Lane’s program started in the early 1800’s with a dog named Otto, but lasted for three generations over 100 years. In 1986, Lana Lou Lane instituted the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association, which has registered several hundred dogs, but the breed is still considered at high risk of extinction. Size: Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs have a shoulder height of 50-66 cm (22-26 in) and weigh 22-40 kg (50-90 lbs). Males are much larger than females. They have a natural bulldog appearance with a broad head, uncropped drop ears, and wide set eyes. Blue (‘glass’) or brown/blue (‘marble’) eyes are preferred. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a muscular body with a narrow chest, wide hips, short, undocked tail, flat back, and small, round ‘cat feet’. Coat: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a short, stiff outer coat and soft undercoat. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog comes in a wide variety of colors, including several shades of red, grey, fawn, brown, black, brindle, and mahogany, always with white or brown and white markings. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is an average shedder. Character: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is an excellent companion. It is powerful, proud, dutiful, and highly obedient, making an excellent guard or watch dog. It has a calm, friendly disposition. Temperament: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is aloof with strangers, but will relax once it detects its master’s approval. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are alert, athletic, and agile. They are said to be utterly devoid of aggression until their master or territory is threatened, then they will fight to the death. The ‘Blue Blood’ in its name indicates the royal character this breed is perceived to have by its supporters. Care: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog requires little grooming. Bathe twice a month and occasionally comb and brush its coat to remove dead hairs. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog enjoys the outdoors, but requires shade in the summer and shelter from cold winds and weather in the winter. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are susceptible to entropion, a genetic disorder in which the eyelids are inverted, which is easily treatable if diagnosed. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog has a lifespan of 12-15 years. Training: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is very intelligent and naturally obedient, making training a straightforward process. Training should be firm and consistent. Activity: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is active and athletic, requiring long daily walks. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs enjoy swimming and spending time outdoors, but they are usually inactive indoors and can deal fine with apartment life.