The American Bulldog is heaped in myth, mystery and legend. Various versions of history and clouded variations of its origins and purpose of creation. Here at Heritage Style Bullies we do not buy into any one theory or story line but rather the commonalities found between the various sources to be the bulldogs true heritage; whether it be American Bulldog or some other variety. One thing that is for sure would be that John D Johnson would be given credit for having the forethought to create a relationship with a registry and name the dogs and start record of their breedings. For this he deserves the label of the father of the breed and maybe even founder. While we respect this about Johnson we personally do not breed 100% Johnson dogs. Though it is pretty evident that a true, undeniable, indisputable recorded history is not available for the bulldog in general. The American Bulldog seems to be the worst in this area. When you read interviews of John D. Johnson, Alan Scott and others you run into this ones word against that ones. So what to believe? We do not have reason to try to dispute or believe one side or the other. In fact we would love to see the two more closely united again. Feeling the separation of the two created a division that only hurt the breed; and there are great traits in both Standard and Bully/Classic lines. We have searched for those 100% Johnson American Bulldog breeders willing to work with us to help us meet our goal. And likewise the performance/Scott American Bulldog breeders also. We believe there is available a rich and colorful common ground heritage (Def:- something inherited at birth, such as personal characteristics, status, and possessions) for the bulldog in general and that the American Bulldog should follow this heritage. It is by this we set our standards of breeding here at Heritage Style American Bulldogs. Thus where we derived the name.
After many frustrating years in the breed of American Bulldogs; fate would bring Luis and I together. And after many conversations; some heated and many that had nothing to do with dogs, we discovered that we shared many of the same principals and morals. Whether it be life, family, code of friendship or the dogs our points of view and goals were pretty simple straight forward and similar. So when a situation arose where we both saw opportunity to do a good thing for the dogs, but neither of us had the ability to make it happen alone. I guess what should have been obvious long before was staring us in the face and we decided to collaborate under one name to produce the best Johnson -type bulldogs we can. Which was to focus on Johnson-type which is a bully dog but with Scott/performance lines of American Bulldogs in the mix. We feel the diversity of genetics gives more opportunity to select toward health and temperament. And to give us that muscled physique, buff, tight skin bully type of dog that we desire.
Our goal is to not become too focused on any one part of the dog. But rather to build a bulldog that has the style and muscle of a decathlete of dogs so to speak while still having the appearance of a bulldog. It is not enough for us to simply have a dog that has a big bully head although we do like a large headed American Bulldog. Or to have a beautiful athletic body without a bulldog style head. And while we do not breed for size we do produce some large American Bulldogs. Since there is no perfect dog we have chosen simply to try and breed the most complete American bulldog that is true to its heritage. Some will argue the true bulldog looks nothing like the cartoon character of today. Others argue that they must look like the cartoon character to be a true bulldog. Some include the APBT as a bulldog and feel the name bulldog in history referred to many styles of dogs that had a bully nature. Here at Heritage we adhere to the thought process that though all of these dogs that fought in pits, chased wild boars, and fought bears have common ancestry they are not the same dogs that were selected for the specific duty of bull baiting. And as bull baiting dogs became known as Bulldogs. It only takes a little common sense to understand that each of these duties would use slightly different size and temperaments. A bear dog could not go charging in and attack a bear or it would be dead. Even in packs of 6 or more the attrition rate of a hunters dogs would be just to great to meet the demand. So different sizes and mentalities and characteristics were developed. Though we agree that there is no way the cartoon character many call the English Bulldog of today was the working dog of old. We do know and understand that certain traits such as an undershot bite, thick bone, low exaggerated build, and being loaded in the front were traits that did not come out of thin air. Another words some so called purist believe breeders have bred to meet the drawings and cartoons as if the cartoonist created the dog and not the breeders. We believe the cartoonist exaggerated a dog that existed. Just as he does when you get your cartoon drawing done at a fair, boardwalk, or theme park where cartoonists may set up. He simply exaggerates things that exist. And yes through the last 100-150 yrs breeders have exaggerated the characteristics to unusable proportions. But they are the obvious heritage traits of the bulldog.
We also adhere to the thought process that form follows function and this is why a bulldog has these traits. The term form follows function was adopted by breeders from the field of Architecture. You here some breeders referring to themselves as dogmen and yet misusing this phrase. They use this phrase as if to say a dog that has perfect structure will function. If that were what it meant then it would say function follows form. Another words if you have form you will have function. But the statement is "form follows function" . This says that the function is decided first and then you form the dog to its function. Thus a Dachshund came about because first they wanted a dog to do the function of hunting animals in burrows. Obviously a long legged dog could not do this function. So a dog was formed to meet the function that was decided upon. As it was with the Bulldog. Being lower and loaded in the front helped the dog to use its rear as a pivot while keeping its front low and wide ready and capable of quick and powerful pivots. And being able to stay below the horns of a lowered head of a bull and capable of going between the legs and under the low slung bull. In our belief the bulldog came from an era when man still used his best and most loyal friend to do jobs that he could not accomplish on his own. And thus was created for a specific job with a specific look and ability. It is our desire to produce great family companions that still exhibit the heritage of the dog that is called Bulldog. .
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