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The American Bulldog may be strong and muscular in stature, but don’t let that fool you – these dogs are not hostile in the slightest. American Bulldogs are loyal, alert and self-confident, have strong protective instincts and are excellent with children.
Boxers are athletic, energetic, happy dogs. Their short muzzles and large underbites, along with their proportionately long tongues, give them a distinctive appearance. Originally bred in Germany, these dogs are now hugely popular family dogs, as they adore children and other animals and love to be with their owners. Boxers are clever and quick to learn. They have a lot of energy and do best when they are given something to occupy them, whether it be obedience, agility, or any other kind of mental challenge. Boxers are medium-large dogs, typically weighing in at around 55-65 lbs.
Bullmastiffs are one of those breeds known as “gentle giants.” Despite their size, these dogs are sweet-natured, calm and willing to please, making them excellent family pets and protectors. They are very intelligent and learn quickly. Bullmastiffs are not very active dogs and, despite growing to be up to 130 lbs. as adults, and can do well in an apartment as well as a larger space.
The Cane Corso is an intimidating breed at first glance, with a muscular body and large head. Corsi come from Italy, where they were employed largely as guard and hunting dogs because of their power, courage and willingness to work. A very intelligent breed, these dogs are easily trained and versatile, and at the same time are intensely loyal to their humans. Corsi are great with children, make excellent family pets and tend to be protective of their families. Despite the Cane Corso’s size and strength, Corsi have a medium energy level.
The Victorian Bulldog is a modern breed developed by crossbreeding the Bulldog and the Olde English Bulldogge. They were bred to be a healthier and lower maintenance version of the Bulldog. The Victorian Bulldog is medium in size and thick-boned with a muscular body, wide chest, and a large head that is proportionate in size. Their wide nostrils, broad muzzle, rose or button ears, and loose-hanging skin gives them the typical appearance of the Bulldog. Although they might look tough, they tend to have a gentle and friendly personality. With proper socialization, they often do well in a home with children and other pets. Even though the Victorian is a hybrid and has yet to be recognized by AKC, they’re often treated as a purebred and are recognized with ACA, ICA, and DRA registries.