By Cole Maxwell
All dogs pictured owned by Cole Maxwell / Altamaha Plantation Kennels
humble attempt to introduce the most honorable dogs I have ever known,
is like describing devotion without question, or blind devotion.
They are companions willing to give up their lives in an instant,
without hesitation, for your protection, or simply upon your asking.
since the early 1900’s, the plantation that was once owned by Mr.
Pierce Butler, was sold to my family, and, now, I and my family live on
this same piece of land. But,
in the years following the 1850’s, wild hogs and wild cattle
devastated the rice crops overnight.
To rid these destructive beasts, out of the rice fields, rice
growers introduced a breed of dogs that had a strong drive, and could
catch, and had large paws, for a sure sense of balance, in the swampy
lowland marshes of the Altamaha River region.
These dogs that were described by the old-timers, as being loyal,
having large heads, and being predominantly white in color, have all but
Georgia, being near the Atlantic Ocean, and located less than 50
miles south of Savannah, was devastated during the Civil War, by
Gen. Sherman’s troops of the Union Army.
However, after the war ended, in 1865, the first thing that
the timber era, which lasted to about 1914, or about the time of World
War I, the sawmills at Darien, Doboy, and Union Island, turned out
massive quantities of sawn lumber, from the timber rafts that floated
down the Altamaha River, from the interior of Georgia.
My Great-grandfather rafted timber on the
recapture the memory of the
Mastiff-type dog of the
“Antebellum Bulldog” is a breed of working dog, developed for
catching livestock, and for protecting family and property.
Though he is larger than the American Bulldog, he is closely
related, and has most of their traits, with the exception of large paws,
and occasional blue or marbled eyes.
“Antebellum Bulldog” is a long-bodied, stocky, muscular-looking dog.
Its coat is short, and can be either “white”, or “white
with colored patches”. It
is a combination of the two types of American Bulldogs [Standard &
Classic], as well as the infusion of Dogo Argentino, Perro de Presa
Canario, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, Catahoula Bulldog, and Ameristaff.
The dogs weigh between 80 and 150 pounds; and, size, 25 to 30
inches at the withers.
WITH OTHER BREEDS:
“Antebellum Bulldog” is considered a “new breed”, not a “rare
breed”, by today’s standard. They
can resemble the “Classic” Johnson and the “Standard” Scott,
American Bulldogs, and, the uneducated have often mistaken them for
their distant cousin, the “American Pit Bull Terrier”.
But, because of its extra-large appearance, dog-friendly
demeanor, obedience, and loyalty, the “Antebellum Bulldog” is
distinctly different; it is a “bulldog”, with a “bully head”
(weighing 80 to 150 pounds), not a “terrier”, without a “bully
head” (weighing 30 to 50 pounds). Further,
the “Antebellum Bulldog” is massive, in comparison to the “English
Bulldog”; however, it still resembles the “English Bulldog”, but
never was bred to be a lap dog. The
outstanding characteristics of an “American Bulldog” can best
describe the “Antebellum Bulldog”, having tightly controlled
breeding considerations, to produce a non-aggressive canine.
“Antebellum Bulldog” makes a great family dog despite its
extra-large size and intimidating looks.
He is a typically laid-back and friendly bulldog; however, he is
an assertive bulldog that is at ease with family, and fine with
strangers who are welcomed by the family, or as they get to know the
stranger in question – just ask our UPS, Meter Reader, and Postman.
of the dogs that we have used in our breeding program are socialized
with other families, and are fond of children; however, with babies and
small toddlers, close supervision is necessary. This is due to their
large size and weight; just stepping on or rolling over, a baby, or
toddler, could cause an unintentional injury. Our
dogs have been obedience trained to sit when small children come around.
“Antebellum Bulldogs” bond strongly with their masters, and have
strong protective (guarding) instincts, which, if not kept in check,
could develop into a dominant attitude. A dog is a “pack” animal;
therefore you must be the dominant leader, or the dog will!
is highly recommended, that all dogs, including the “Antebellum
Bulldog”, be socialized and have obedience training, by exposing them
to other dogs and people, to ensure that they can be controlled around
visitors, as they get older, and larger.
In my experience, I have seen these dogs bond deeply with one
family member, or another. I
refer to this as “heart-locked”, and you can tell when it happens.
they need room to release their “pent-up energy”, and, so, they do
best in a home with a big backyard, or acreage, where they can run and
jump. If left alone in an
apartment, you may come home to find they just “ate” up the carpet,
the drapes, or the furniture, while you were away.
Further, these dogs can become very aggressive if left chained
for long periods of time, or without socialization (human contact).
Further, they are not always friendly towards cats, and other
small pets, but correct socialization, at an early age can greatly
increase the chances of them accepting these smaller animals.
They can be stubborn, but, with patience, affection-training, and
treats, they will obey their master fully and faithfully.
No ear-cropping, tail-docking, or dewclaw-removal is permitted.
you do not have time to obedience-train your pet, seek out a
professional dog trainer who can accomplish this task for you.
However, if you do not do this necessary training and
socialization, I can assure you, something unpleasant will happen!
And, afterwards, instead of facing our own negligence of duty, we
want to blame the dog, by saying, “Bad dog!”, when the dog-owner is
actually the one at fault. Therefore,
if you plan to be a dog-owner, be a responsible owner, so that our dogs
are not given a bad name in the community.
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