The Australian Bulldog is a robust and affectionate dog which is a relatively new breed developed for Australian conditions. They were first bred in the 1990’s in Queensland by crossing an English Bulldog with an Australian dog of bull terrier origin. The mating produced a breed that is taller and stronger than their British ancestors, with fewer health issues and more tolerance to the Australian climate. They are known for their strong stocky build and expressive wrinkled faces.
Australian Bulldogs have a short coat that requires minimal grooming. They make loyal and gentle indoor pets, and are very keen to please their owners, making them easy to train. These dogs are intelligent but can be strong-willed and stubborn, requiring early socialisation and consistent training. They thrive in homes where owners can provide affection and a structured environment, and are good with older children. They are not overly energetic and prefer long slow walks to fast-paced jogging or ball games. Regular gentle exercise is necessary to avoid excessive weight gain.
The stubbornness of Australian Bulldogs can mean they have a mind of their own, even if they are easy to initially train. Additionally, their short nose makes them sensitive to extreme heat, so precautions should always be taken in hot weather to avoid heat stroke.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Australian Bulldog, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.