Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Description
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a grand, powerful, exaggerated bulldog with a broad head and natural drop ears. The purpose of this Breed is: Guardian, protection, companion, sport and farm use. As a family guard dog, the Alapaha's mental characteristics and abilities are very impressive. These dogs have been used for centuries as a do-all farm dog. They are used for working cattle and catching hogs.
These dogs have prominent muzzle that is covered by loose upper lips. The eyes are set well apart. The Alapaha's coat is relatively short and fairly stiff. Preferred colors are blue merle, brown merle, or red merle all trimmed in white or chocolate & white. Also preferred are the glass eyes,(blue) or marble eyes (brown and blue mixed in a single eye). The ears and tail are never trimmed or docked. The body is sturdy and very muscular. The well-muscled hips are narrower than the chest. The straight back is as long as the dog is high at the shoulders. The dew claws are never removed and the feet are cat-like.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are dutiful, loyal dogs that make excellent companions. They will go to extreme lengths to defend their families, and they are very protective and patient with children. The breed is athletic, active, and has a lot of vigor and determination. They make excellent guard dogs and watchdogs. Comparatively intelligent, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is easily and quickly trainable. This breed can be aggressive or attack when they feel threatened.
All that is required is regular twice a week grooming with a stiff bristle brush or a rubberized grooming mitt. This helps to keep shedding at a minimum. A regular bath (one or twice a month) will help to control the "dog" smell that these guys usually have.
The original "Plantation Dogs" were historically used on the large southern plantations in the state of Georgia in the United States. These dogs were bulldogs and mastiff type local and European breeds that were brought in by the plantation owners to guard the slaves that were working on the plantation as well as protect the house from intruders and wild animals such as cougars, coyotes and wolves. After slavery was abolished the need for the old style of plantation dog decreased dramatically and only a few were left in the area, largely used as companion and protection dogs.
The Lane family of Rebecca, Georgia in the Alapaha River Valley began breeding to retain the old plantation dog temperament and appearance. Lana Lou Lane is largely credited with establishing Circle K Kennels that made the applications to have the breed registered with the American Rare Breeds Association in 1986. There is considerable debate about the various lines and where breeding stock was obtained for the development of the kennel and breeding program.
Ms. Lane passed away in 2001, at which time the kennel was sold. There are few records of the original breeding program, especially since the kennel was family run. There are now more breeders of this unique breed, although they are typically located within the same geographical area as the original breeder.
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is very intelligent and you will be able to teach your dog whatever you feel his abilities should be. They excel at obedience. Therefore they are easy to house train and they will learn to walk on a leash within two days. A trainer or owner should never be harsh or aggressive in training with the breed, rather using positive training rewards and using the dog's natural love of human interaction is the most effective training method.
Socialization should be a key part of training and should include introducing the puppy to different dogs, new environments and various people. The more socialized these dogs are the less likely they will be to demonstrate any type of aggression unless they are protecting the residence.
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is from a very limited bloodline, all stemming from one kennel and one stud dog named Otto. There is, therefore, concern among breeders regarding genetic conditions that may occur with line breeding and inbreeding.
With such a small genetic pool, health problems such as inversion of the eyelids (entropion) and cherry eye or inflammation of the tear duct can develop.