Difference between English and American bulldog
By Theydiffer - March 28, 2016

Bulldogs are those dog breeds which have their origin in the British Isles. They originally worked as bull baiters, hence their name. Their physique is also broad and brawny just like bulls. They can even fight bulls when necessary, and used to be known for their fierce nature many years ago. English bulldogs are one of the most common types of bulldogs. England-bred bulldogs have large, broad heads, while in comparison, American bulldogs are larger in size with longer legs. American bulldogs are faster and more athletic.


The English bulldog is commonly simply dubbed a bulldog or sometimes a British bulldog. It is medium in size, but has an aggressive look. Normally, they weigh around 50-60 lbs. In general, they will only be seen with a flat face, but some of them may have a small muzzle as a result of poor breeding. English bulldogs, as a matter of fact, are born with short tails, though a few of them may still have a long tail at birth. You can find the English bulldog in many shades. An English bulldog can be registered with AKC (American Kennel Club).

On the other hand, the American Bulldog is a tall dog, and is usually considered one of the largest dogs. Weighing around 70 to 125 lbs on average, it does not have a wrinkly face like the English bulldog. It has a box-shaped head, although in other respects, it brings to mind the Pit bull. When it comes to size, the head of the American Bulldog is larger and heavier. You can find American bulldogs in white with different-colored patches. These dogs are not AKC-registered.

Johnson and Scott are two types of American bulldogs. Sometimes, this kind of bulldog can also be a combination of the two.

English vs American Bulldog

Though both the aforementioned types of bulldogs have almost the same traits, the basic difference between English and American bulldogs is in their size and nature. While American bulldogs are longer, more active and athletic, English bulldogs are smaller and therefore quieter. More often than not, English bulldogs are considered indoor dogs, whereas the American variety are known to be outdoor dogs. Owners of these types of bulldogs need to handle them firmly.

American bulldogs are so active that they are sometimes also used by their owners, especially farmers, for hunting animals like squirrel or wild boar or even bear.

Comparison Chart

English BulldogAmerican Bulldog
English bulldogs are short in size and are mostly seen with wrinkly faces.American bulldogs are taller than English ones and have much less wrinkly faces.
English bulldogs can also be called lap dogs.American bulldogs can sometimes be regarded as working dogs.
They have shorter legs.They have longer legs.
English bulldogs are approximately 15 inches tall and are about 50 pounds in weight.They are about 25 inches in height and up to 125 pounds in weight.