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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
Characteristics, History, and Health

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a rare breed of dog that is believed to have originated in Southern United States, specifically in Georgia, in the 19th century. The breed was primarily developed by a Georgia-based family, the Lanes, to serve as a multi-purpose working dog that was capable of guarding the plantation and its inhabitants, as well as being able to herd livestock. It was Papa Buck Lane, in particular, who is recognized for standardizing the breed in the 1800s. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog name itself was only coined in the late 20th century by another breeder named Lana Lou Lane. The term Blue Blood refers to the noble or aristocratic lineage that these dogs supposedly have, and Alapaha is the name of a river in Georgia. The breed, being on the verge of extinction in the early 1980s, was brought back from the brink by the breeding program implemented by Lana Lou Lane and through the foundation of the Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association (ABBA) in 1986."

Main Info
United States (Georgia)
Alternate Names
Otto, Cowdog
Life Expectancy
10-12 years
Average Male Height
20-24 inches
Average Female Height
18 to 22 inches
Average Male Weight
70-90 pounds
Average Female Weight
55-75 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Stiff and glossy
Coat Colors
White with Black, Brown, Red and occasionally Blue-merle
Coat Pattern
Saddle Patch, and patches over one or both eyes or ears

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs can suffer from hereditary deafness, hip dysplasia, entropion, dry eye, and skin problems. As for all breeds, genetic screening is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.

Personality and Behavior

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is an assertive, confident, and protective breed. They are known for their strong protective instincts, especially when it comes to their family members, making them excellent watchdogs. However, they are also reported to be very calm and composed when not provoked or threatened. This breed is characterized by their intelligence, trainability, and a certain degree of stubbornness. They are generally good with children, but their interaction with other dogs can be complicated due to their dominant nature.

Despite their tough exterior, Alapahas are known to be loving and loyal to their families. They require regular exercise to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Training should be firm yet respectful, as these dogs tend not to respond well to harsh or heavy-handed methods.. This breed thrives in an environment where they have a job to do, and moderate activity daily.

It's important to note that while general breed characteristics can provide insights into a dog's behavior, individual dogs may exhibit variations based on their genetics, upbringing, and training.

Fun Facts

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is classified as a member of the Molosser breed group. The Molosser group is a category of large and powerful dog breeds that share common ancestry and physical characteristics. These breeds are known for their strong build, muscular bodies, and protective nature.