Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, although often confused with the American Bulldog, is a separate breed. The breed originated in the American south in the 1800s as a plantation dog. As the large plantations disappeared, so did the breed. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs have definite bulldog characteristics and convey an aura of nobility and pride, hence the “blue blood” name.
They stand 20 to 25 inches tall and weigh between 65 to 110 pounds, with females smaller than males. The head is broad and flat across the top, and the jaws are heavily muscled. The eyes are prominent, and the ears are folded. The coat is short and stiff. Colors include white with patches of color, including brindle, blue merle, or chocolate.
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog breed is easy to groom. Twice a week, the coat can be brushed with a soft bristle brush or curry comb. The breed needs vigorous daily exercise. A long walk morning and evening plus a couple of good games of fetch will keep most happy. Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog puppies are ridiculous, but both puppies and adults enjoy games. Adults can enjoy carting and weight pulling. The breed is protective of both property and people. Early and ongoing socialization is needed to ensure the dog grows up well-adjusted.
Training is also important, not just because this is a powerful dog but also to give the dog a job. These are bright, inquisitive dogs, and if they don’t have something to keep them busy, they will get into trouble. These dogs are protective and devoted; they will give their lives to protect their owners. This, as well as the breed’s size and power, makes them a difficult dog for first-time dog owners. They usually love children and are willing to be playmates. Although they won’t start fights with other dogs, they won’t back away from a fight, either. The biggest health concerns today are the problems associated with the breed’s tiny gene pool.