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A Dog Lover's Bucket List - Done - American Bulldog Breed Achieved

Updated on October 2, 2014

Woo - American Bulldog puppy

I like to bite everything.
I like to bite everything. | Source

Big dogs are my favorites.

Really, I'm an all around animal lover but large breed dogs have a special place in my heart. I've had one large dog or another for most of my life. From Rottweilers to a Bordeaux Mastiff, from a half wolf, half chow to a pit bull, I've been blessed with the best.

This article will introduce you to my latest baby, the newest addition to our family, Woo. Finally, I can check this breed off my bucket list. Just brought home today, Woo is a whopping six weeks old and chunky like you wouldn't believe. This child is solid. It's like picking up a little boulder with puppy breathe.

My husband and I are both grinning from ear to ear.


Serious face Woo

Mom has the treat bag.
Mom has the treat bag. | Source

Big dogs provide protection as well as companionship.

I first fell in love with really big dogs when I was around four or five years old. Of course, I had a little dog before that. They have always been around, much to my joy.

Being a real handful for my poor parents, I was forever sneaking off out into the woods.

My father got a large Australian Shepard when he finally realized there just would be no corralling me without putting bars on all the doors and windows.

I seem to remember that was mentioned.

Dunn Brokeus Acres In the Majestic state of Mississippi
Dunn Brokeus Acres In the Majestic state of Mississippi

Snoopy turned into my best friend in the world.

That dog and I became instantly inseparable. At an early age, (and some would argue still now), I didn't have enough sense to be scared of things in the woods, getting lost in the woods, or anything really.

Living in the backwoods of Mississippi, we were surrounded by forests, streams, creeks, and wonderful greenery as far as the eye could see or I could roam.

Snoopy always went wherever I wanted to go. Be it cave, creek or tree fort, that dog stayed by my side. He saved my bacon more than once. Several water moccasins departed this life at his bite when we encountered them. Once, he even killed a rattlesnake in the back yard that was hiding under my play table.

To me, he was like family. Since good old Snoopy, I've had many a large dog and loved each and every one of them. Over the years, I've developed a list of large dog breeds I wanted to own. For most of the breeds on the list, I can honestly say I had at least one and several I even bred. But, I've never had an American Bulldog.

I've wanted one for years. It just never worked out right, until today that is. Bully achieved! Finally, I have an American Bulldog puppy, often referred to as Bully dogs. She's so cute. I just want to scoop her up and kiss her all night long.

Image credit; Used with the permission of Julia Melton, proprietor of Dunn Brokus Kennel located in Ms.

Let's go exploring!

Woo exploring
Woo exploring | Source

Meet my sire, Bully.

Bully from Dunn Brokus Kennel
Bully from Dunn Brokus Kennel

I was born at Dunn Brokus Kennel in the beautiful state of Mississippi. Funny, I'm a Mississippi native gal transplanted to Tennessee and so is Mom, Vix. Neat, huh?

My dam is Lacey and my sire is Bully. This is Dad, Bully. Isn't he handsome? He weighs 130 lbs, enjoys riding on the four wheeler, visiting with guests and pond hopping.

When Vix bent down to get goodbye kisses from Bully, it did not go unnoticed that his head is bigger than hers. He's adorable, lovable, full of energy and a great bulldog.

Image credit; Images of Lacey, Bully and Dunn Brokus Kennel are used with the permission of Julia Melton, owner.

My dam, the beautiful Lacey.

Lacey, Woo's dam
Lacey, Woo's dam

Lacey loves being in the pond, playing with us nine puppies and chasing after Bully. Yep. That's right. Mom had nine of us in my litter. I was a shy one.

When Vix came to pick me out, I was out in my huge, outdoor kennel with my brothers and sisters playing. She saw me lay in wait until everyone else was wrestling and then I stole the toy. He he!

A day with Woo.

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Good morning.  Me still all sleepy face here but Mom keeps snapping off shots anyway.Woof!Naps are good.Chasing off to meet a new friend.My new friend.  He moved into my pond this morning.Elwood is such a flirt.  I like to get his tail.Dragging my monkey toy off under the couch.  i like to stash things under the couch.Cuddles with Daddy.  He's training up Okay.Hissy face!  Sammie has yet to adjust to my puppyness.  Gee whiz, i try to be nice but she just arches up and spits like it's the end of the world.Daddy says I bite really hard.  I don't mean to.  I'm just playing but my teeth are like little razors.  Mom says I have Megalodon jaws.  Chomp!I can toddle off pretty quick when I want to... for about five feet so far then I'm out of gas ;).Woof!!!  Gr.  Play, play, play.
Good morning.  Me still all sleepy face here but Mom keeps snapping off shots anyway.
Good morning. Me still all sleepy face here but Mom keeps snapping off shots anyway. | Source
Woof!
Woof! | Source
Naps are good.
Naps are good. | Source
Chasing off to meet a new friend.
Chasing off to meet a new friend. | Source
My new friend.  He moved into my pond this morning.
My new friend. He moved into my pond this morning. | Source
Elwood is such a flirt.  I like to get his tail.
Elwood is such a flirt. I like to get his tail. | Source
Dragging my monkey toy off under the couch.  i like to stash things under the couch.
Dragging my monkey toy off under the couch. i like to stash things under the couch. | Source
Cuddles with Daddy.  He's training up Okay.
Cuddles with Daddy. He's training up Okay. | Source
Hissy face!  Sammie has yet to adjust to my puppyness.  Gee whiz, i try to be nice but she just arches up and spits like it's the end of the world.
Hissy face! Sammie has yet to adjust to my puppyness. Gee whiz, i try to be nice but she just arches up and spits like it's the end of the world. | Source
Daddy says I bite really hard.  I don't mean to.  I'm just playing but my teeth are like little razors.  Mom says I have Megalodon jaws.  Chomp!
Daddy says I bite really hard. I don't mean to. I'm just playing but my teeth are like little razors. Mom says I have Megalodon jaws. Chomp! | Source
I can toddle off pretty quick when I want to... for about five feet so far then I'm out of gas ;).
I can toddle off pretty quick when I want to... for about five feet so far then I'm out of gas ;). | Source
Woof!!!  Gr.  Play, play, play.
Woof!!! Gr. Play, play, play. | Source

Things to remember when thinking dog bedding for large breeds:

large dogs sometimes have hip and/or arthritis problems with age. Get something that will be easy to get in and out of.

Make sure there's room for a friend or two on occasion.

Be sure the bed is made of breathable fabric. We don't like to get too hot.

Woo here. I'm going to need a big bed.

Currently, I'm bunking with Mom and Dad. Sammie Cat just loves that! Snickering here I am.

Soon, I will need my own bed. Mom is looking at these. I'm going to get really big. While I will have tons of energy and spend most of the day outside, I have to sleep somewhere.

When looking for a large breed bed, look for durability, something that won't promote flea and tick population growth and is really easy to clean.

Buy me bones all day. I like fingers best!

Woo playing.  At this age, I need to bite, run, explore and play if I'm not eating, sleeping, or doing doggy business, hopefully outside.
Woo playing. At this age, I need to bite, run, explore and play if I'm not eating, sleeping, or doing doggy business, hopefully outside. | Source
Caterpillar CAT013200L Premium Split Leather Palm Glove, Brown & Black Leather Work Glove, size Large.
Caterpillar CAT013200L Premium Split Leather Palm Glove, Brown & Black Leather Work Glove, size Large.

Woo goes bonkers when we put these on. It's like the cue for all out attack puppy play.It's great for me for I can let her get as rowdy as she wants without bleeding!

 

Protect yourself! Vix's number one pick for American Bulldog puppy product.

Okay, guys and gals, it may sound strange but here it is. Work gloves. I know, it sounds bizarre but I kid you not, this child is tearing us up. She loves to play which of course involves biting. She's a puppy. It's what they do.

This breed has signifcantly more energy as a young puppy than the rotts, pitts, and mastiff we are most used to. Both Mr. Vix and myself are covered in bite marks where this baby has drawn blood just playing. She's really sweet. She doesn't mean to.

Instead of yelling no or not physically playing and letting her bite hands, which we do with all of our puppies, Mr. Vix got smart and whipped out the work gloves.

It's like she knew it somehow protected us. What we thought was biting hard increased like you wouldn't believe along with chomping down and twisting the head at the same time. That would leave some nice skin tears.

8 and 1/2 week old Woo caught in the act.

Stealing Daddy's work glove off the porch he's building.  I want to play!  Put it on.  Let me bite you :).Woof!
Stealing Daddy's work glove off the porch he's building. I want to play! Put it on. Let me bite you :).Woof! | Source

Rules of American Bulldog puppy survival.

Cover and protect all furniture

Lift all wires and electric cords out of reach

Wear long pants and shoes at all times. (I like to bite toes and ankles).

Give me lots of toys and bones. (Not chicken bones. These are bad for me. Rawhide works).

Take me outside. Run, play and wear me out at least three times a day.

Mommy loves my wrinkles.

I'm not ready for my close up.
I'm not ready for my close up. | Source

I get serious face for kibbles.

Did someone say kibble?
Did someone say kibble? | Source

Tips for potty training puppy:

* Take outside right after waking, eating or drinking.

* Go outside at age six weeks to nine weeks at least once every two hours, when awake.

* Take out immediately after accidents.

* Give lots of verbal praise and petting when puppy successfully does business outside.

Woo about a week and a half older.

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Naps by Daddy.  He says I'm wearing him out.Woo often sleeps with her tongue sticking out :).It's my bone.  Mine, I say!  All mine.Mom drug me out here to upcycle a funky, ugly cart.  I just want to chew on it.See that funky cart.  What's she going to do with that thing?Did you say kibble?
Naps by Daddy.  He says I'm wearing him out.
Naps by Daddy. He says I'm wearing him out. | Source
Woo often sleeps with her tongue sticking out :).
Woo often sleeps with her tongue sticking out :). | Source
It's my bone.  Mine, I say!  All mine.
It's my bone. Mine, I say! All mine. | Source
Mom drug me out here to upcycle a funky, ugly cart.  I just want to chew on it.
Mom drug me out here to upcycle a funky, ugly cart. I just want to chew on it. | Source
See that funky cart.  What's she going to do with that thing?
See that funky cart. What's she going to do with that thing? | Source
Did you say kibble?
Did you say kibble? | Source

Arg and grr, I say, grr

Me got teeth!
Me got teeth! | Source

I need a lot of sleep now. I've turned 8 weeks old.

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Tomorrow is a big day for me. I have to go to the vet for shots. Fun :(. Mom even gave me a bath earlier. I didn't like that very much so I made sure to share. He he, she got wetter than I did. I'm going to get some sleep now.

Check back soon. Mom is forever snapping pictures of my cuteness. Sweet dreams.

Woo's hobbies at nine weeks old. Give me mud!

Woo loves Strawberry Soda
Woo loves Strawberry Soda

Woo is a most productive puppy. She's always doing something. Her current favorite foods are stolen kitty kibble and Daddy's strawberry soda. Mom says it's not good for me but I make cute faces until Daddy gives me some! He he. I like the bubbles.

Woo's puppy hobbies:

Playing in the water hose immediately followed by wallowing in the dirt.

Chasing bumble bees.

Giving Elwood kisses.

Attacking the broom and mop. Sweeping is not allowed.

Absconding with my ill gotten gains! I like to steal tools, work gloves and trash. Fun!

I had a birthday. I'm nine weeks old now. Look out!

Nine a half week old Woo, American Bulldog
Nine a half week old Woo, American Bulldog

I've grown bunches. I'm up to 20 pounds. I have a few new hobbies and am exploring further and further all the time. Here are some things I'm working on learning right now.

Lessons for Woo:

Potty training. I have the concept down. I just don't always make it to the door in time. I blame Mom.

Climbing stairs.

Making a huge hole where Daddy doesn't want me digging. Sh!

Catching minnows. They are fast. I will get that minnow. I will!

Woo at nine and a half weeks old. That half is important you know ;)

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Supervising Daddy.  Someone has to.Stairs are hard.  I'm getting it but I'd rather play in the hose.  Look!  There's tons of dirt to roll in.  I don't know why mom wants grass.How can you say no?  I'm making cute face.  Give it up!Nothing is better than strawberry soda.  Not chasing the cat, not kibble, not even mud.I'm ready for my close up now.I refuse to participate in this nonsense.
Supervising Daddy.  Someone has to.
Supervising Daddy. Someone has to. | Source
Stairs are hard.  I'm getting it but I'd rather play in the hose.  Look!  There's tons of dirt to roll in.  I don't know why mom wants grass.
Stairs are hard. I'm getting it but I'd rather play in the hose. Look! There's tons of dirt to roll in. I don't know why mom wants grass. | Source
How can you say no?  I'm making cute face.  Give it up!
How can you say no? I'm making cute face. Give it up! | Source
Nothing is better than strawberry soda.  Not chasing the cat, not kibble, not even mud.
Nothing is better than strawberry soda. Not chasing the cat, not kibble, not even mud. | Source
I'm ready for my close up now.
I'm ready for my close up now. | Source
I refuse to participate in this nonsense.
I refuse to participate in this nonsense. | Source
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Videos of American Bulldog puppies playing. They aren't as cute as me, but still worth a see.

There are a few grown up puppies too!

Still loves mud!

Woo loves mud!
Woo loves mud! | Source

You realize this means bath? This is actually the second time today she has gone and wallowed in the mud! She's so funny. She gets all good and covered in mud and takes off bounding through the yard, ears flopping and generally looking like a mud covered ball of joy.

Hose me!

I get hot and I don't much like it. I do like to play in the water from the hose. Hose me! I'll bite it and bark at it and growl at it and bound about acting silly goofy.

More pictures of Woo. I'm almost 12 weeks old!

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I'm getting so big!Still love my monkey toy.I'll go get it but don't think I'm bringing it back.  Mine!Bitey fighty time!Out of gas.  The sleepy monster always wins in the end.Mm peanut butter jar :).I love to be outside.I'm not ready to come in!  No.  I will not move my Woo.  You want me?  You have to come get me.  Good luck!  I'm fast.
I'm getting so big!
I'm getting so big! | Source
Still love my monkey toy.
Still love my monkey toy. | Source
I'll go get it but don't think I'm bringing it back.  Mine!
I'll go get it but don't think I'm bringing it back. Mine! | Source
Bitey fighty time!
Bitey fighty time! | Source
Out of gas.  The sleepy monster always wins in the end.
Out of gas. The sleepy monster always wins in the end. | Source
Mm peanut butter jar :).
Mm peanut butter jar :). | Source
I love to be outside.
I love to be outside. | Source
I'm not ready to come in!  No.  I will not move my Woo.  You want me?  You have to come get me.  Good luck!  I'm fast.
I'm not ready to come in! No. I will not move my Woo. You want me? You have to come get me. Good luck! I'm fast. | Source

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      Shantell1027 3 years ago

      She is adorable!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you :) She's a little furry fang filled ball of fun.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I love this story.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you. I'm so in love with her. She's the coolest but for real, I've never seen such a biting puppy. i know they all chew but she's dedicated. Thankfully, she's napping now. I think I'm still bleeding from our last round of chew on Mom but I'm going to enjoy the puppy play while it last. It won't be long and she will be too big for me to scoop up and cuddle.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I am so in love with all of your adorable pictures.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @georgepmoola2: Thank you. :) She's so much fun!

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      georgepmoola2 4 years ago

      Excellent, informative lens.

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