The American Bulldog today is divided into three types; the Standard American Bulldog, the Johnson American Bulldog and the Hybrid American Bulldog (a mixture of the two lines bred together). The American Bulldog has existed in some capacity for several hundred years in the Southern States of America. It was originally called a variety of names but the most widely used was White English Bulldog and Old Southern White, it was used as a multi purpose farm dog and to hunt wild pigs.
In the 1960’s Mr John D Johnson and Mr Alan Scott began searching for Bulldogs in rural parts of the southern states of America. Initially, Mr Scott and Mr Johnson bred similar type bulldogs and often shared and bred their dogs together. Their American Bulldogs were registered with the NKC in the 1970’s as American Pit Bulldogs, this was later changed to avoid confusion with the American Pit Bull Terrier. A few years later, Mr Johnson and Mr Scott decided to go their separate ways as Mr Johnson wanted to produce a larger more mastiff type Bulldog by adding English Bulldog and Mastiff blood to his dogs. Mr Scott continued to breed his American Bulldogs along the same traditional lines as he always had. This was the beginning of the two distinct strains that we have today called the Scott or Standard type and the Johnson or Bully type. The Hybrid American Bulldog is a mixture of these two types bred together.
Mr Bill Hines was another well known American Bulldog breeder with some good stock that can still be seen in many standard American Bulldog pedigrees today. In the early 1990’s breeders like Mr Joe Painter began the whole Performance American Bulldog movement by adding new breeds to his bulldogs and creating a more driven and game American Bulldog. – MORE INFO COMING SOON!