Jack and Lexy pictured in photos.
- ~ In her pamphlet on * Pg. 5* Ms. Lana Lou Lane (Founder of the breed) affirms: "THE ALAPAHA IS NOT THE SAME DOG AS AMERICAN BULLDOG AND NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THEM, OR TO BE CROSS BRED WITH THEM" ~
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is one of the last remaining breeds that are typical of the original bulldogs from England that were used as "plantation dogs", guarding and watching these large tracts of land in the southern United States. They are of square appearance, powerfully built, agile and athletic.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are different and separate from the well known classic English Bulldogs and is not just a physical variation of another breed. These dogs exhibit all the bulldog features except in a more exaggerated form. They are taller with long straight legs and a longer broad muzzle. Males are larger, heavier boned and more masculine than females. They are used for working cattle and catching wild hogs thus, their muscles are long and powerful. They are never short and stocky in build with bowed out legs or elbows. Their longer muzzle makes breathing easier while running. For example, their muzzle is never pushed in or flat like that of a Pug, Pekingese or Dogue de Bordeaux.
LIFESPAN: 12-15 Years
AVERAGE LITTER SIZE: 4-8
ALAPAHAS ARE NOT - Excessive barkers, nor are they prone to drooling they are a dry mouth breed.
ENERGY LEVEL: The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is very energetic and athletic. However, they can be very inactive indoors, and will do well in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised such as long walks, jogging alongside as you are biking, etc., and they enjoy the water! They do well with at least an average-sized fenced yard.
GROOMING: This breed is an average shedder. Slightly more noticeable during the seasonal changes. Occasoinal Brushing to remove dead heair will cut down on shedding. Bathe once every two weeks
COAT: Short to medium length fur; fairly stiff with a soft undercoat.
HEALTH: Generally a healthy breed. With such a small genetic pool, these conditions can occur:
Cherry Eye, Deafness and Inflammation of the tear duct or Entropion, a condition in which the eyelids, usually the lower lid, turn in or roll inward on all or part of the edge of an eyelid, causing the hair-bearing part to rub against the eyeball/cornea, causing friction, irritation, discomfort and can severely damage the eye. Entropion has a strong genetic component and is often present at birth due to hereditary abnormality in the dogs facial structure. Usually-but not always-occurs in both eyes. The upper and lower lids can be affected but more commonly the lower eyelids. This defect can develop in older dogs or through trauma...
*Entropion is more common in flat faced, short nosed breeds & breeds with pronounced, heavy facial skin folds*
PURPOSE: Guardian, Protection, Companion, Sport and Farm use.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Being that of a grand and powerful dog showing strength and
alertness, yet also agile and athletic, and having an amazing endurance. This canine gives the
impression of nobility.
HEAD: The face of the Alapaha should indicate intelligence and alertness. The skull
should be square or have a round look that is heavily muscled. The "stop" should be
deep and abrupt.
MUZZLE: The muzzle should be broad, not long and narrow. The ideal length should be 1½
to 3 inches.
NOSE: Black, Liver.
BITE: 3/8 to 5/8 inch "Undershot", depending on the size of dog and shape of skull. Plus or
minus 1/8 inch is acceptable.
EYES: Almond-shaped to round, medium-sized, set well apart. All colors are permissible.
EARS: "Rose Ears" Small to medium in size, carried close to the head, half perked with a forward roll.
NECK: Very muscular almost equal to the skull in size; slightly arched and of moderate
BODY: Wide, deep chest; fairly compact. Well sprung rib cage. The "loin" is wide, very muscular and slightly
BACK: Straight, not rigid or swayed. Length equal to height at shoulders.
TAIL: Strong at the root and tapering to the hocks (in the rest position). The tail is
carried over the back when excited or walking. A "docked" tail is not permissible for the "Show
BONE STRUCTURE: Medium-to-heavy, to be able to carry a large dog.
FOREQUARTERS: The combined front assembly from its uppermost component, the
shoulder blades, down to the feet should be muscular and slightly sloping. The "fore-legs"
are to be straight, and having webbed toes.
HINDQUARTERS: Broad with muscles tapering well down the leg to manifest speed and
strength, but not quite as large as at the shoulders.
LANA LOU LANE STANDARDS:
Marcelle weighed approximately 95 pounds, was 24 inches at the shoulder, 22.5 inches around the head and 33.5 around the girth.
Males average weight is 80 to 95 pounds. It can vary 10 pounds.
Average male height at withers is 23-26 inches with a variance of one inch.
Average Females are 60 t0 75 pounds also with a 10 pound variance.
Females average height is 20-25 inches with a variance of one inch. Length being near height and around the head about one inch smaller. Basically a square dog.
Colors vary with a great deal of pigmentation. Colors are white, white with blue merle, black, buff, brown, red and a few brindle. Marble or glass eyes are preferred. No trimming of ears or docking of tails is acceptable.
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