History of the Alapaha Blue blood bulldog
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog (also known as the ‘ABBB’ or ‘Otto’) is a highly rare breed descended from the English Bulldog. Only a few hundred Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs live worldwide. The Lane family of Rebecca, Georgia sought to recover the old ‘plantation dog’ from the Alapaha region of Southern Georgia. These plantation dogs originally guarded slaves, but later hunted hogs and cattle and protected their masters’ property. They were known for their large size, loyalty, and high level of obedience. The Lane’s program started in the early 1800’s with a dog named Otto, but lasted for three generations over 100 years. In 1986, Lana Lou Lane instituted the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Association, which has registered several hundred dogs, but the breed is still considered at high risk of extinction.
Alapaha bulldog standard
The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a well-developed, exaggerated bulldog with a broad head and natural drop ears. The prominent muzzle is covered by loose upper lips. The prominent eyes are set well apart. The Alapaha's coat is relatively short and fairly stiff. Preferred colors are blue merle, brown merle, or red merle all trimmed in white or chocolate and white. Also preferred are the glass eyes (blue) or marble eyes (brown and blue mixed in a single eye). The ears and tail are never trimmed or docked. The body is sturdy and very muscular. The well-muscled hips are narrower than the chest. The straight back is as long as the dog is high at the shoulders. The dewclaws are never removed and the feet are cat-like.