The Alapaha Bulldog is a rare but very interesting breed. Its history is no less interesting than this beautiful breed itself. Their history can be dated back to when a Georgia farmer named Buck Lane decided to revive the Southern Planters’ Bulldogs. His farm was near the Alapaho River, which is how this breed got its name.
To achieve this, Buck Lane developed his own breeding program, however, over time, he started to add other breeds. Buck Lane’s granddaughter Lana Lou Lane stated that their first dog had been on the farm “for as long as she can remember” and his name was Otto. That’s how the Alapaha Bulldog gained its nickname – “Otto the bulldog”.
It is believed that the breeding program started around the beginning of the 20th century. In order to achieve the best results in obtaining a dog with excellent external characteristics and internal qualities, the following breeds were added to the program:
- White English Bulldogs (Arrived in the US in the 18th century);
- The Catahoula Leopard Dog;
- Colby Pitbull Terriers;
- Mountain Bulldogs
Thus, it was possible to not only get rid of some of the unfavorable features of the English Bulldogs, improving the characteristics of the breed as a whole, but also to significantly increase the breeds’ numbers as well. In 1943, Buck Lane was hit by a train and killed. His old dog came to the owner’s grave almost every day ad spent time there. Today, the number of the breed has decreased to 150 dogs (worldwide), which causes serious concern for cynologists. In the past few years, American breeders have been trying to increase the population of the Alapaha breed.
These are muscular, athletic dogs with a pronounced chest and abdominal cavity. Their limbs are proportional, with well-defined muscles. The head is broad, with a somewhat elongated muzzle and hanging ears. Their tail and ears are not docked. Females have an average weight of up to 35 kg, and males – 45 – 50kg. They come in white, black, white-marble, dark yellow, spotted, and reddish-brown.
The Alapaha Bulldog is a very smart, independent, and loyal dog. This breed has an incredibly positive and friendly character, which they show with their perception of the world and behavior. The Alapaha can be very determined, he also loves to be the center of attention, play games, and is goofy.
Alapaha can be a little stubborn, but generally, they are very loyal. They are well aware of their place in the family (pack). Though it is important to show the dog its place from an early age, else they tend to try to take the place of the leader.
They treat children remarkably well, thanks to their high sense of responsibility, great devotion, and highly developed intellect. He can sometimes take on the role of a nanny for a child.
This breed can be a great watchdog. Alapahas usually perceive strangers as neutral but they always monitor the behavior and attitude of their owner toward the stranger. If the dog defends its territory, then strangers will be met with hostility.
They perfectly adapt to living conditions. The Alapaha does not take loneliness very well but they can be left alone for a short while during the day. They need physical activity, long walks, and mental stimulation.
They do not drool and do not have breathing problems, unlike English Bulldogs. Health data is scarce due to the small numbers of this breed.