American Bulldogs Natural Protectors:-
The American Bulldogs is an excellent guardian as well as the athletic breed of dogs. Despite its natural abilities, the American Bulldog is a non-conventional sport protection breed.
I’m Kraig Guay from Maximum Power Kennels. We breed working American Bulldogs standard to hybrid standards. So, for me an American Working Bulldog is athletic, mentally stable, easy to live with most importantly and they just give it their all. There’s no medium level for a bulldog. It’s first or last and that’s how we like it.
Here at Maximum Power Kennels, we focus with a French ring for our protection sport and as puppies we focus on a Belgium ring style of bit work. From there, once they leave the property they’re capable of doing whatever the handler chooses to do with them at that point. Whether it’s ring or IPO or hog or pet or protection. Whatever floats your boat, the American Bulldog should be able to fill it.
For me getting into French ring with American Bulldogs, I was told they couldn’t do it. Which obviously prompts a lot of people to try it. Then took a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of patience but we put our time in and we got where we wanted to go but it’s not for every bulldog for sure. There’s a lot that goes into the ring but I think it shows the mental capabilities of the dog, the stability environmentally of the dog and the will to run at 40 meters over and over and over again to get to that level that these dogs are at. That’s why I chose to go with ring versus IPO or personal protection. I wanted that elite handler control over my animals.
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Mentally, an American Bulldog in French ring or in sport work in general, predictably in the rings because you get, there’s no break in between the obedience and the protection work, it’s all at once.
It’s all at the same scenario. A bulldog tends to go red zone thought very easily and they have a hard time coming back down into the green light world of obedience. So, if you can get your dog
to transition from obedience to bite work back into proper obedience, that shows a lot of character
and a lot of stability on that dog. It’s very difficult.
For American Bulldogs, we have two standards and multiple types in our world. It all pretty much starts, it starts getting documented with Dr. Johnson that we all know. Very large dogs, short muzzle,
really great for property, close encounters, loving animals that want to be around their handlers, but can also do some work. Then we have the Scott’s, the Alan’s of the world, that they tend to be a
little longer muzzled, a little smaller of an animal. Possibly more athletic just because of their size.
Then from there, those are the two major types and then from there we go into hybrids and hybrid standards and hybrid bullies and from that mix. The hybrids are a little bit of both worlds. You get the size of the Johnson and that nice want to be with you character. Then with the performance or the standard, you get that nice breedability, can run through fields. You want to go catch hogs, they’re going to be right there with the wind with the hog. Very athletic animals.
I’m in the standard to hybrid standard world. I like a longer muzzle, four inches or more, four and a half inches or more. I like to be at a 26 inch wither or bigger. Good size head, like 26 inch head give or take and that puts you right where Tuna, Al The Tuna Capone looks. And that’s what I’d like. A little taller maybe but right there. I think that’s a good working bulldog. He can jump a seven foot wall. He can clear 1.5 on a meter. He can do a four meter long jump, so there’s a lot of athleticism. So, we’re able to do a lot with that dog. Okay, so Al Tuna Capone is out of Intoxicating Bullies. He’s my older male. He’s been through the ringer with me, we’ve done many, many, many sports with him. He excelled at French ring.
We’ve played in the Iron Dogs with the bulldogs and the all sports and we’ve had some fun with him and he’s been around. His makeup, he’s about 26 of the wither, 26 inch head and about 95 pounds. We’ve never seen him stop. We’ve been training, we’ve sent him, I think it was 27 times full field and the first time he went, nice full bite, and the last time he went, nice full bite. I’ve never seen that dog quit. ABA, he’s on his way to ABA Champion and we have a qualified ring one, French ring one. He’s played many times at French ring two. He’s won hardest hitting when he did his ring one, so he got hardest hitting that trial. He got decoy’s choice. That was all at ring one. Then we went into all sport and he cleaned up in all sport. Hardest hitting, I think it’s called an elite canine, is their title there.
Then we go into Iron Doggies and Iron Dog three and he have hardest hitting there and decoy’s choice as well. Tell them about your female. My top female is NorCals Fuchsia in Fashion. She’s a UKC Champion. She’s a splash dog, title dog, a therapy dog, French ring one. Amy Peterson had her from a pup and did her obedience. And also was the breeder on her through NOrCal. Gave me a really, a lot of
great foundation to work with to get her to a ring one. She’s a little bit smaller, we call her the cannon ball because she doesn’t have any knees. She’s just full field full speed down the field and wrecks everything she comes in contact with.
But she’s a little smaller which was a product of the line breeding. But full grip and again, I haven’t seen her stop. I’m very happy with the foundation I have right now for my puppies. Living with a bulldog is pretty sweet. I don’t know if I got lucky or not, but my pack structure’s pretty good. When I first started I had as couple more males. So we were on our toes a little bit more. With experience you learn what you could be doing and what you should be doing. So, we have a great pack structure here, everybody’s friendly. If I ask my dogs to work, they’re ready to work. If we want to sit down and watch TV, they’re ready to sit down and watch TV.
For me, I don’t know if I got lucky. We’ve had seven dogs go through the program, more or less here and everyone of them has had that same characteristic. All heart, super lovable, ready to work, never backs down. You can’t ask for, not every dog with do that. We’ve had quite a few here, so that something about the breed. Out here, we’re 25 miles from the freeway, we’re out in the sticks, I’m on six acres and the dogs more or less keep the coyotes out. They bark at the gate, super alarmers. I can’t say they’ve had a live bite cause they haven’t. No one’s jumped the fence. Anybody’s welcome to try. If they get them, they get them, that’s what I say. As far as protecting the property, I couldn’t ask for more than what they’re doing for me, so that’s perfect for me.
As far as protecting myself, anyone of these dogs would throw down for me. I think we’ve proved it. I feel confident in it. I think that goes a lot to say about the relationship a handler has with their dog is that the dog will actually be for them. In conclusion, for me bulldogs are my breed, I’ve worked Malinois, I’ve owned Malinois, I’ve owned other breeds. Some other breeds might be easier to train but you’ll never have as much fun as when you’re training a bulldog and that’s for sure. You can bring them home and they’re good dogs. You can bring them out in the field and they’re good dogs. For me, that’s my breed.